Breaking Ball – March 30th



Nathy’s set for Croker final!

All-Ireland SF ‘B’ Colleges Semi-Final: St. Nathy’s 1-11 Lucan CBS 2-7

St. Nathy’s are through to the All-Ireland ‘B’ Colleges final following a nail-biting win over Lucan CBS in Moate last Saturday. They now face a final in Croke Park on Saturday week (7th) against Cookstown or Kenmare.

  The Ballaghaderreen side made a good start and led by five points to one after 20 minutes. But the Dublin fought back before half-time and a goal from Matthew Dunne on the rebound left them level at the break: 0-6 to 1-3.

  Nathy’s were resilient on the restart and with Kuba Callaghan, James O’Hara, Brian Molloy and Conor O’Hara all playing well they were always in the hunt. However, it looked like it wasn’t going to be their day when Luke Walsh added a second goal for Lucan and despite playing well, Nathy’s were two points behind (2-7 to 0-11) with injury-time beckoning.

   But there was drama in added time as Jason Doory’s shot came back off the woodwork and sub Luke Hester was quickest to react to score the match-winning goal.

St. Nathy’s: A Davey; M Dillon, D Casey, B O’Hanlon; S O’Hara, J Lunt, B Molloy (0-1); D McBrien, J Doory (0-1); O Phillips (0-1), J O’Hara (0-5), L Conor; M Coyle, K Phillips, K Callaghan (0-3). Subs: L Hester (1-0) for O Phillips; C Groarke for Conor.

Ardee overpower Coláiste Chiaráin

All-Ireland SF ‘C’ Colleges Semi-Final: Ardee CS 4-11 Coláiste Chiaráin 2-8

A late scoring burst from the Louth side put a lop-sided look to the final score in this All-Ireland semi-final played last week in Mullingar. Callum O’Brien was once again in good form for the Athlone school and he converted an early penalty to help his side into a five point lead. Ciaran Keenan’s goal saw Coláiste Chiaráin in a very good position at half-time.

  But after Eamon Harney received a black card in the 40th minute, Coláiste Chiaráin were in trouble defensively and Ardee scored three goals to seal a comfortable win.

Coláiste Chiaráin: A Francis; J Duignan, E Harney, R Hardiman; R Moran, D Duff (0-1), C Fallon-McGowan; D Sumner (0-1), P McManus; J Finlass, C O’Brien (2-5), S Ryan; L Kelly (0-1), I Harney, R Ryan. Subs: D Murray for I Harney, I Harney for Kelly, N Macken for Ryan, C Macken for Moran.

Curran addresses Ladies meeting

Part-time Development Officer Shane Curran addressed the recent Roscommon Ladies County Board meeting, outlining some plans for the year ahead.

  Meanwhile, the Ward Brothers sponsored Intermediate game against Leitrim was called off last Saturday but the team will play Kildare this Saturday (31st) at 2 pm.

  The U-16s face Sligo in the first round of the Connacht Championship at 12 pm in Sligo and the U-14s get their Connacht campaign up and running against Mayo in Swinford on Monday at 5 pm.

Rossies hit The Kingdom!

Roscommon’s junior camogie team are away to Kerry on Sunday in the last round of the league. The Rossies have already qualified for the league semi-final on Sunday, April 8th. A win this Sunday would smooth Roscommon’s path to the final. The minor team will play Carlow in Knockcroghery on Sunday at 2.30 pm ahead of their re-fixed clash with Meath on April 3rd.