South Dublin Juvenile Colleges retain Leinster League title
This year’s campaign began with a comfortable victory against Westmeath schools.
The next game was a hard fought affair on a heavy pitch in Good Counsel College, Wexford. The home team got out of the blocks early and try as they might the young Dubs couldn’t get back on level terms, going down 0.16 to 0.15.
It was winner takes all then in the final group game against Kilkenny CBS. The Southsiders found the state of the art Abbottstown surface more to their liking and flew out of the traps, building up a relatively comfortable half time lead. In typical Kilkenny fashion, the CBS lads went for the jugular, scored some cracking goals and it was a relief when the final whistle went that Dublin South maintained a one point advantage.
The semi final was a thriller. The famed St. Kieran’s College lead by four at half time. The Dublin boys dug deep though and worked some fantastic team scores against the stiff breeze to edge it 5.11 to 3.16.
Good Counsel awaited the boys in the final. Forewarned is forearmed. This time a highly motivated Dublin South chose to play with the breeze and threw themselves into the game from the start. Scores came thick and fast and by half time they had built up a 2.10 to 0.1 lead. A quick goal and a point at the start of the second half afforded the mentors the opportunity to run their substantial bench and the team ran out winners on a score line of 3.19 to 0.8 (I think).
Full Forward Jack Kielthy from St. Mark’s raised the trophy aloft. A fourth Leinster title in five years. Well done to all.