Monastery national school Ardee have once again proved they are simply the best when it comes to sport in the county.
The final of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol of the Corn Bhlian Mhuire 2014 for division 1 large urban schools was played between Monastery NS Ardee and Friary BNS Dundalk at Darver.
The Monastery NS team were trying to complete a history making treble of Corn Bhlian Mhuire titles having won the title previously in 2012 and 2013. They were also trying to win a unique double in the current school year as they also won the U-13 McArdle Cup in November 2013.
Monastery NS made a great start when midfielder Tom Jackson went on a long run from the throw in and passed to Eoin Corrigan-Clarke who blasted to the net. The Friary boys were unnerved and Monastery NS continued to play beautiful football and rack up the scores. Jackson and Tiernan Corrigan were dominating midfield as Captain Karl Gillespie and Paul Doherty added points. After 15 minutes of fast passing play the Ardee lads had a lead of 2-5 to one point. The Friary lads dragged themselves back into the game and managed to get a goal before half time. They launched a series of attacks but brave goal keeping from Luke Dunne and tight marking by Pauric McKenny, Jay Crawley, Darragh McCoy, Callum Markey and Cillian Keenan kept the Friary scoring to a minimum.
At half time Monastery NS still held a substantial lead over the Friary team.
In the second half, Monastery boys began to send long ball into tall full forward James McGillick who was causing tremendous trouble for the Friary back line. He was fielding and distributing great ball and scored a cracker of a goal himself. Again Tom Jackson and Karl Gillespie raided down the right side of the Friary defence and careless fouls from the Friary gave away free kicks that were converted by Jackson. Ciaran McConnon broke free for Monastery NS and scored a great goal. The final whistle blew and Monastery NS had won by 4-7 to 3-8. All of the boys shook hands in what was a close and enthralling game between these two great rivals.
Captain Karl Gillespie thanked the Friary Boys for a sporting game, Cumann na mBunscolfor organising the competition and team managers Mr Dermot McCreanor and Ms Leanna Cusack.
The Monastery NS: Luke Dunne, Cillian Keenan, Darragh McCoy, Callum Markey, Pauric McKenny, Jay Crawley, Paul Doherty (0-1), Tom Jackson (1-3), Tiernan Corrigan, Carl Gillespie (0-3), Eoin Corrigan-Clarke (1-0), Conor O’Brien, Conor Horan, James McGillick (1-0), Ciaran McConnon (1-0).
Principal Mr Jim McGee said that “this is a unique piece of history for the school as it is Monastery NS’s third Corn Bhlian Mhuire title in a row.
It is also a rare double as they had also won the U-13 McArdle Cup earlier in the school year”.
He thanked his teachers, Louth GAA coaching staff and local club St Mary’s GFC for their support over the years with this special group of talented boys.