Gaelic Football Greenhills Gaels Continue To Excel
Change of codes same result as Greenhills College overcame St. Aidans Community School in a tough, uncompromising battle on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-6 at Robert Emmets GAA grounds to reach the semi-finals of the Dublin Junior Championship. There is a huge crossover in terms of players playing both GAA codes in Greenhills College with ten of the starting fifteen also featuring on the hurling team comparable to Ulster Senior Club Hurling and Football champions Slaughtneil. Greenhills did much of the early pacesetting but found it difficult to break down the St. Aidans defence with their dominance not reflected on the scoreboard pulling away in the second half.
Michael Connors standing in goals for the injured Dylan Egan gave a consummate performance similar to Cluxton. His lack of height been a mere sleight. The full back line was uncompromising with totemic hurling full forward Cian Nolan transforming into a tough tackling corner back beside debutant Chris Farrelly and the experienced Dario Di Murro. Gary Kett the hurling goalkeeper was lucky to stay on the field at times but gave an outstanding performance alongside St. Judes’s Ross O’ Reilly at centre back and Evin Beatty.
Midfield saw Keith Kavanagh and Kyle Farrelly engaging in a titanic battle with their St. Aidans counterparts with the brilliant Kavanagh continuing his excellent form across four codes of Gaelic, Hurling, Association Football and Handball for which he recently reached the county U-15 finals alongside Kett, Raymond and Dunne.
Glen Hales and Sean Walsh are forwards in both codes and showed good intuition and finishing prowess to plunder three goals on a day when every score was hard won. Crumlin’s finest Craig Raymond worked well with Jordan Stobie in creating a platform for the inside forward line. The stylist Daniel Dunne is a dual star in the making as he makes both hurling and football look easy.
The big ball code of Gaelic gained an added dimension with Greenhills players influenced by Association Football, includeding David Mahon (who also features on the school's hurling team), transferring such skills with an audacious volley narrowly missing the target from 14 yards. A number of subs were given game time with Adekanmbi thundering into challenges suffering a slight concussion for his troubles. He will be assessed under the return to play protocols.
Mr. Murphy was impressed with the team's performance and paid tribute to Mr. Stone, who although hailing from Kilkenny has limited knowledge of the game yet gave his all in the pursuit of victory.
Team: M. Connors, C. Nolan, C. Farrelly, D. Di Murro, G. Kett, R. O'Reilly, E. Beatty, K. Farrelly, K. Kavanagh, C. Raymond, D. Mahon, J. Stobie, G. Hales, S. Walsh, D. Dunne
Subs: E Adekanmbi, I. Farrelly, B. Sharpe, C. Murray, A Howe, F. Marlow, D. O'Connor, N. Lyons, N. Clarke (inj) D. Egan (abs) E. O'Connor (abs)
Hurling Greenhills Grind Out Result v Setanta
A titanic struggle took place at a well laid out St Brigids gounds. Two skilful hurling sides played out 50 minutes of hurling excellence which would not off been out of place in Croke Park on the first Sunday of September. The first five minutes was helter-skelter with a Cian Nolan strike the closest Greenhills came to breaking the dead lock; his shot rocketing off the crossbar. Setanta with a point from play opened the scoring but the Greenhills boys soon powered into the game with Niall Clarke, Emmanuel Adekanmbi, Daniel Dunne and Ross O'Reilly winning possession around the middle of the park, and creating a platform for the attacking talents of Cian Nolan and Craig Raymond to come to the fore. Three magnificently worked goals from an inspired Nolan alongside a Raymond point put Greenhills in command at halftime.
The second half was a dogfight with Setanta improving greatly with incessant pressure raining down upon the defence. Gary Kett, Dylan Egan and an unwell Ben Sharpe were heroic in their defensive efforts. As the game reached its concluding stages two counter-attacking goals by Raymond and Nolan left the score at 5-2 to 3-6. Picture a Setanta free 25 yards out; cue an outrageous save from Gary Kett.
The final whistle blows!
Greenhills reach the semi-finals with an outstanding team performance. Sean Walsh, David Mahon and Glen Hales worked tirelessly in pursuit of victory highlighting the work ethic of this team. Special mention to Keith Kavanagh who hurled up a storm in the second half.
Greenhills: G. Kett, D. Egan, B. Sharpe, D. Dunne, N. Clarke, E. Adekanmbi, R. O Reilly, C. Raymond, D. Mahon, G. Hales, K. Kavanagh, S. Walsh, C. Nolan. Subs: K. Farrelly, P. Darby, M. Connors, C. Farrelly, C. Murray.
Football Under 15
The under 15s had a difficult start with two tough games against Rockbrook and St. Aidans in the cup. Although being knocked out of the cup Ross O'Reilly's striking prowess was witnessed first hand by adding four goals in one game to his tally. The most recent game resulted in a hard fought 3-3 draw with St. Laurence. Greenhills dominated the game, even without the educated feet of centre mid David Mahon who was injured. The whole team worked tirelessly but some key performances have to be mentioned. Most notably Aaron Kerrigan, who ran the mid-field with a mixture of jinky runs and defence-cutting through-balls, and Aaron Howe who commanded the line and has become a stalwart of the defence. Newcomer Dean McCreery added a whole new dimension to the back line charging up and down the line offering challenge after challenge. Greenhills most recent game came in a winner takes all group qualifier match against Deansrath which saw Greenhills triumph 6-1. The prolific Ross O'Reilly once again scoring two goals. The under 15s have been drawn against Our Lady's of Mercy in Drimnagh for the Quarter Finals which we are all eagerly awaiting.
Football First Year
The first years got off to a rocky start with a defeat at the hands of Rockbrook College however they showed real character and strength to trash their next opposition OLM Drimnagh in a stunning 8-2 victory. Led by the captain Jack Butler, who orchastrated the midfield, Greenhills completely dominated the match. The team was helped with the welcome return of Eoin O'Connor who was away on international duty for the first game. He decorated his debut with a magnificent hat-trick. Dean McCreery and Ian Farrelly offered real width on the wing with Dean scoring a brace of goals for himself. Noel Mzumara has offered a continuing attacking threat in both games scoring in both games leading the line from the front. Adam Brennan was tremendous against OLM commanding the defence and mopping up any loose balls. Greenhills won their next match however unfortunately did not advance due to goal difference. Next year will be their year.
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