A powerful first half performance from Scoil Bhríde Knockmay set the scene for their victory over Gaelscoil Phortlaoise last Wednesday afternoon in O’Moore Park.
Inspired by midfielder and captain Washington Hamisi, Knockmay lead 3-5 to 0-2 at half time, and it was always going to be difficult for Gaelscoil Phortlaoise to come back from that.
To their credit, they stepped up their game in second half, but it couldn’t get them close enough to get their hands on the trophy.
Knockmay got off to a bright start with a point from Washington Hamisi, and Dylan Peters added a goal less than a minute later.
Hamisi then scored 1-1 from frees in a couple of minutes as Gaelscoil Phortlaoise were finding it hard to get going, and Peters scored Knockmay’s third goal in the sixth minute.
Gaelscoil started to tighten things up after that, but were finding it hard to get scores playing into the wind, as they managed just two, with Knockmay leading 3-5 to 0-2 at the interval.
Knockmay started the second half with a point from Hamisi, while a brilliant save from Mitch Mac Giolla Phadraig denied them a goal.
Sam Birrane got another goal for Knockmay, with Rian Caomhánach replying with a couple of frees for Gaelscoil.
They kept trying to make inroads into the lead, with Daire Ó Laighean scoring two goals for them, but Knockmay were matching them for scores. Dylan Peters and David Samuel both struck for goals as well, as Knockmay claimed a well deserved win.