Success for Selskar boys
The powerful midfield partnership of Peter Duffy-O'Leary and Gloudie Makiese helped Selskar College to an impressive 3-12 to 1-1 victory over Portlaise College in the South Leinster Juvenile football 'D' championship final in windswept Carlow on Tuesday.
Selskar College 3-12 Portlaise College 1-1
Playing against a strong wind, Selskar College were quickly on the scoreboard when the combined play of Josh Kavanagh and Micky Lacey resulted in captain Kyle Scallan firing to the roof of the Portlaoise net.
Speedy wing-forward Corey Lawlor followed up with a superb point after eight minutes, and Gloudie Makiese showed the intent of the Wexford side with a great solo run before scoring a goal from 20 metres.
Portlaoise came back strongly in the second quarter with the midfield pairing of Alex Piggott and Callum Collins dictating a lot of the play, and Byran McGuire scoring a fine goal on 20 minutes.
Portlaoise continued to retain a lot of procession but they couldn't breach the superb defending of Wexford's Josh Long, Kyle O'Toole, Chris Curran, Andy Murray, Jake Travers and Jack Murphy, with goalie Cian Carty called upon on many occasions too with great saves.
With the wind in their backs in the second-half, Selskar College took control with Kyle Scallan, Darragh Howell and Corey Lawlor registering early points, while the Portlaoise goalie, Igor Starkiewicz, made a number of great saves in the third quarter.
A Charlie Carty goal in the 18th minute for Selskar College drew a quick reply from Portlaoise's Larry Lynch, before Fionn Paige and Dylan O'Connor followed up with two late points for Selskar College.
A late rally by Portlaoise wasn't enough to stop Selskar College collecting the trophy which was presented to the captain, Kyle Scallan, by Kilkenny hurling legend Pat Henderson on behalf of Leinster Schools.
Panel: Cian Carty (St. Joseph's), Kyle O'Toole (Crossabeg-Ballymurn), Josh Long (St. Mary's, Maudlintown), Chris Curran (St. Joseph's), Andy Murray (St. Mary's, Maudlintown), Jake Travers (Glynn-Barntown), Jack Murphy (Glynn-Barntown), Gloudie Makiese (St. Joseph's), Peter Duffy-O'Leary (Crossabeg-Ballymurn), Micky Lacey (Shelmaliers), Kyle Scallan (St. Mary's, Maudlintown), Josh Kavanagh (Clonard), Dylan O'Connor(St. Mary's, Maudlintown), Darragh Howell (St. Joseph's), Corey Lawlor (Shelmaliers), Corey Carty (St. Mary's, Maudlintown), Ben Keeling (Glynn-Barntown), Fionn Paige (St. Joseph's), Charlie Carty (St. Mary's, Maudlintown), Dale McGrath (St. Joseph's), Adam Cooke-Taylor (Volunteers),, Daniel Pender (St. Mary's, Maudlintown).