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Corn Bhlian Mhuire U13 County Louth Final

Monastery NS, Ardee Retain Under 13 County Title in the Final of Corn Bhlian Mhuire

Monastery NS, Ardee 5-9 St Oliver’s NS, Blackrock 2-8

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Final of the Corn Bhlian Mhuire 2013 for large urban schools was played between Monastery NS, Ardee and St Oliver’s NS, Blackrock in Darver on Saturday, June 8. The Monastery NS team were trying to retain the U13 County title having won it for the first time last year.

A strong and deceptive wind blew down the field in Darver for this final and it was to Monastery NS’s advantage in the first half. St Oliver’s NS made a great start when midfielder Flynn Kiernan broke through the Monastery NS and blasted a shot to the net. From the kick out Liam Jackson at midfield for the Ardee lads gained control of the ball and drove a high pass into Daniel O’Connor full forward. He broke it down to corner forward Tom Jackson who shot to the net. Monastery NS began to dominate midfield and points for Monastery NS followed from Jonathan Commins, Carl Gillespie, Evan McKenna and Tom Jackson. The high ball in was causing Blackrock considerable trouble and more goals followed from Liam Jackson, Tom Jackson and Daniel O’Connor. Blackrock replied with four points. At half time the score was Monastery NS 4 – 7 to St Oliver’s NS 1 - 4.

At the beginning of the second half St Oliver’s NS began to use the wind advantage and pile the pressure onto the Monastery NS backs. Blackrock forwards Senan Duffy, Jonathan Kieran and Matthew Kirwan were causing considerable problems for Monastery NS. But the Monastery NS defence was holding solidly with Paul Doherty and Darragh McCoy outstanding in the half back line for Monastery NS. Cian Smith at full back for Monastery NS was under considerable pressure but fielded some great catches and made several pressure relieving clearances. Jay Crawley at right full back and keeper Luke Dunne also had fine games. The Monastery NS forwards had less ball in this half but still managed to score 1 – 2 into a stiff breeze. The Blackrock lads never gave up and scored another 1 – 4 by the end of the game.

The game finished with a final score of
Monastery NS, Ardee 5 – 9 to St Oliver’s NS, Blackrock 2 – 8. Monastery NS celebrated their second consecutive win in this competition since its inception in 1998. Captain Liam Jackson thanked St Oliver’s NS for a sporting game, Cumann na mBunscol for organising the competition and team managers Mr Dermot McCreanor and Ms Leanna Cusack.

The Monastery NS team was; Luke Dunne, Jay Crawley, Cian Smith, Conor O’Brien, Darragh McCoy, Dónal McKenny, Paul Doherty, Liam Jackson (2-1), Jonathan Commins (0-4), Carl Gillespie (0-1), Evan McKenna (0-1), Gavin Kirk (0-1), Eddie Quan Ooi, Daniel O’Connor (1-0), Tom Jackson (2-1), Eoin Corrigan, Tiernan Corrigan, Conor Horan, Barry Cousins and James McGillick.


Louth GAA Under 13 Seven a Side Blitz Final 2013

Monastery NS won the finals of the Cumann na mBunscol 7 a side competion in Castlebellingham in May. They beat Bay Estate, Carlingford and Darver schools to take the 2013 title. Their prize was to play an exhibition match at half time during the Louth V Laois Senior Leinster Championship in Portlaoise. See photographs on the right.


Louth GAA Under 13 Seven a Side Blitz 2013

Monastery NS won the first and second round of the Louth under 13 seven a side blitz to qualify for the final in Darver in May. See team photograph on the right.

Under 13 Mc Ardle Cup Final

On Saturday, November 17th Monastery NS under 13 Gaelic Football team played against the Friary Boys NS in the County Final of the McArdle Cup. In the first half Monastery NS dominated possession but kicked quite a few wides. Then against the flow of play the Friary scored a goal and they put MNS under pressure until half time. Monastery NS started the 2nd half one point behind but made a confident start with several points and took the lead. Once again the Friary scored a goal against the flow of play and MNS continued to kick many wides. In the last 10 minutes MNS put the Friary under tremendous pressure and one effort on goal hit both posts and stayed out! It just wasn't our day and when the final whistle blew MNS had lost by a point. Our boys did us proud and we look forward to the championship in the Spring of 2013. Final score was;

Monastery NS 0 - 9 Friary BNS 2 - 4

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