In a day of mixed emotions for the students of Derrylamogue NS, less than an hour after their camogie team lost out to Camross, the boys gave the school something to cheer about with a fine victory over Scoil Bhride Knockmay.
Derrylamogue were inspired by the free-scoring duo, John Maher and Jack Claffey, and both of those players pointed early on to get the ball rolling in their favour.
Scoil Bhride were competing in their second final in as many years and they showed they were up for the battle when they took the lead for the first time in the game thanks to a goal from Christopher Cahill.
That sparked the Knockmay school into life, and two points from the impressive Ruairi Lewis and one from Joe Nevin had them in the lead by four points. They took their foot off the pedal at that stage though, and Derrylamogue started to find their range. Points from John Maher and Donnagh Callaly leveled up the game before Jack Claffey hit three points before half time to give the Rosenallis based school a 0-9 to 1-3 lead at the break.
Joe Nevin and Claffey traded points on the resumption before the Rosenallis side got two goals in a five minute spell which ultimately put the game beyond Scoil Bhríde. Their first goal came from John Maher, who goaled from a ball in via a Jack Claffey sideline cut. Supersub Rory Murphy then kicked a goal passed Paddy Coss to really put Derrylamogue in the driving seat.
That really laid down the gauntlet to Scoil Bhride, and they tried their hardest to bridge the gap. Christopher Cahill though he had pulled a goal back, only for Conor Cosgrave to make a top-class save. Ruairi Lewis did get one last score for them, a goal from long range, but it was to be Derrylamogue’s day, as they held on for a well-deserved seven point victory.
SCORERS - Derrylamogue: Jack Claffey 0-8 (5f), John Maher 1-4, Rory Murphy 1-0, Donnagh Callaly 0-1; Scoil Bhríde: Ruairi Lewis 1-4, Christopher Cahill 1-0, Joe Nevin 0-2
DERRYLAMOGUE: Conor Cosgrove, James Redmond, Jamie Kelly, John Redmond, Seán Baker, John Maher, Jack Claffey, Donnagh Callaly, Daniel Bennett. Subs: Rory Murphy, Robert Stephenson, Darragh McCrohan, Lee Conroy, Alan Grehan, Cian Mahon, Luke Shelly
SCOIL BHRÍDE: Paddy Coss, Adam Scully, Pádraig Cahill, Oisin Ryan, Joe Nevin, Ruairi Lewis, Christopher Cahill, Ben Brennan, Dylan Caldwell. Subs: Jamie Hickey, Gearoid Bowe, Keith Lynch, Dragos Boldescu, Simon Struk, Gavin McStay, Roman Petras, Mick Connors