Heywood Community School recorded a historic victory over their Dublin opposition, Colaiste Eanna, with a leisurely six point victory to be crowned Leinster champions and book their place in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Leinster Post Primary Schools Senior Hurling B Final
Heywood CS 0-13
Colaiste Eanna 0-7
It took Heywood less than a minute to break down the Dublin outifit’s defnce as Kevin Bergin opened the scoring with a superbly taken point from the left flank to secure an ideal start for the Ballinakill school.
Full-forward and resident free-taker, Eoghan Fennelly, was called into action a minute later and the Abbeyleix clubman made no mistake with the placed ball from thirty-five yards to make it two points in as many minutes as Heywood set the pace early on.
Having found themselves two points down at such an early stage, Colaiste Eanna opened their account with an intelligent passage of play. Midfielder, Darragh O’Shea, was dragged down on the halfway line, and given that Colaiste Eanna were playing against a slight breeze, the Faughs player opted for a short free to his midfield counterpart Fionn Maguire who calmly split the posts to halve the deficit.
Heywood replied from the resulting puck-out with Darragh Cripps landing a glorious point from an acute angle to restore a comfortable two point lead for the Laois school. Cripps then doubled his tally for the day with sixteen minutes elapsed following an instinctive pass from Heywood captain, Joe Campion, to the Shanahoe man for his second consecutive point. A minute later, Eoghan Fennelly found himself on target once again making it two frees from two as Heywood extended their lead to four points.
One of thirteen Ballyboden St Enda’s clubmen in the Colaiste Eanna starting line-up, Keith Robinson, stood over the frees and duly converted his first attempt after eighteen minutes as Colaiste Eanna tried to keep in touch.
Heywood’s dominance in every sector of the pitch became more obvious as the half progressed, with Kevin Bergin, Eoghan Fennelly and Mark Hamm all raising the white flag in quick succession as Heywood opened up a six point lead.
With a minute left until the break Colaiste Eanna dented the margin with Keith Robinson slotting his second point of the day, again from a free, to leave the half time score at eight points to three in favour of Heywood.
The second half restarted with a bang with both sides matching each other point for point. Heywood restarted the scoring with Eoghan Fennelly grabbing his fourth point of the day two minutes into the half. Just three minutes later Fennelly found his name on the scoresheet again as he capitalised on the Colaiste Eanna goalkeeper’s mistake to notch his fifth of the game. Colaiste Eanna looked to quickly rectify the error with two consecutive points from their ever-reliable free taker, Keith Robinson.
Niall Brennan steadied the ship for Heywood with his effort from thirty yards sailing between the posts to restore a six point cushion for the Laois outfit.
Colaiste Eanna really started to find their rhythm in the second half, mainly due to Robinson’s accuracy from frees. Robinson’s pin-point long ball into Colly Basquel in the thirty-ninth minute nearly broke the deadlock for the Dublin school had it not been for a tremendous save from Enda Rowland in the Heywood goal.
As impressive as Keith Robinson was for Colaiste Eanna, Fennelly went a step further each time as he slotted his sixth point three minutes later as Heywood pulled six points clear.
Any notion of a Colaiste Eanna comeback was quashed when their influential midfielder and powerhouse, Darragh O’Shea, was given his marching orders with fifteen minutes to go following a malicious tackle on Heywood captain, Joe Campion.
Heywood pushed on and closed out the game comfortably with Eoghan Fennelly capping off a man-of-the-match performance with a tricky free from the sideline as Heywood ran out deserved six point victors to be crowned Leinster champions.
SCORERS - Heywood CS: Eoghan Fennelly 0-7, 4f; Kevin Bergin and Darragh Cripps 0-2 each; Mark Hamm and Niall Brennan 0-1 each. Colaiste Eanna: Keith Robinson 0-6f; Fionn Maguire 0-1.
HEYWOOD CS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); MJ Dunphy (Ballinakill), Ronan Broderick (Clough Ballacolla), Alan Lynch (Abbeyleix); Paul Simms Ballinakill), Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe), Jack Delaney (Shanahoe); Niall Brennan (Colt), Ronan Delahunty (The Harps); Kevin Bergin (Clonad), Jack O’Shea (St Patrick’s, Ballyragget), Joe Campion (Borris/Kilcotton); Darragh Cripps (Shanahoe), Eoghan Fennelly (Abbeyleix), Mark Hamm (Ballinakill). SUBS: David Kelly (St Patrick’s, Ballyragget) for Jack O’Shea; Conor Deegan (The Harps) for Mark Hamm.
COLAISTE EANNA: Andy Boyd Lyons; Joe Mernagh, Alan McGrath, James Hamm; Jack McDonnell, Tom Hanafin, Cian Mellett; Darragh O’Shea, Fionn Maguire; Keith Robinson, Tim O’Connor, Eoin Giles; Eamon Gorman, Colly Basquel, Johnny Madden. SUBS: Ronan Dooley for Eamon Gorman; Jimmy Holland for Eoin Giles.
REFEREE: Pat Kehoe