Wood Cup Winners
On Friday afternoon last, March 30, Cashel Community School contested the final of the Dick Wood Senior Schools Challenge Cup having run out easy winners of the two leg semi final against Coláiste Dún Iascaigh.
Their opponents Scoil Ruain, Killenaule secured a berth through the only goal in their second semi final with Rockwell College.
Played in ideal conditions at Palmershill Park, Cashel, the Community School overcame their south county rivals, by a 3 – 1 scoreline.
Scoil Ruain were on top for much of the first half and Cashel’s opening goal came against the run of play when Paddy Ryan got on to the end of a free kick and headed home. Cashel were at their strongest from set pieces and harvested their second goal from a penalty resulting from a corner kick. Craig Condon slotted it away to leave the home side leading 2 – 0 at the interval.
Ten minutes into the second half CCS again showed proficiency in the set piece when Brian Sheehy flicked on from a corner and Craig Condon clinically finished the movement. Scoil Ruain did not surrender, however, and, applying strong pressure, won a penalty which they converted, to leave the final tally standing at 3 – 1 in favour of the Community School.
Councillor Maribel Wood, Mayor of Cashel and daughter-in-law of the late Dick Wood, presented the trophy to the winning captain. Thanks are extended to Joe Ahern who sponsored the winners and runners-up medals and the man-of-the- match award.
Team: Gearoid Slattery, Michael Fox, Michael McDermott, Aiden O’Connell, Mark Shortt, Donal Reade, Niall Fitzgerald, Craig Condon, Paddy Ryan, Brian Sheehy, Niall Anglim.
Subs used: Shane O’Connell, Fionn Hogan, Joe Butler. Scorers: Craig Condon 2, Paddy Ryan, 1. Man-of-the- match: Paddy Ryan.
Cashel C.S. hosted Nenagh CBS for a round of the U16 South-East Cup on Wednesday, March 27. CCS made a strong start but missed several opportunities on goal. In contrast, Nenagh made the most of their one opportunity and scrambled a late goal, to lead 1 – 0 at half-time. Cashel came out hot in the second half. Pressure won them a penalty and, although it was saved by the Nenagh goalkeeper, the alert Seanie O’Halloran picked up the rebound and fired it home. Paraic O’Donoghue capitalised on a defensive error by Nenagh and scored to put Cashel ahead. A late goal by Seanie O’Halloran sealed Nenagh’s fate.
Team: Killian Loughman, Cillian O’Meara, Thomas Caulfield, James Cummins, David Wade, Elliott Thompson, James Casey, Donnacha Quinn, Paraic O’Donoghue, Seanie O’Halloran, T.J. Corbett. Sub used: Brendan Ryan. Scorers: Seanie O’Halloran 2, Paraic O’Donoghue 1.
Track and Field
An eager team of athletes travelled to Clonmel in late March to compete in the County Tipperary post-primary schools track and field championships, and acquitted themselves with distinction in both individual and team events. CCS collected two first places at 400m, one first place at 800m and one first at 100m. Cashel were particularly strong in the 100m and 800m and the long jumps, and returned home with a haul of eight silver and eight bronze medals.
Athletes: Orla O’Dwyer, Rachel O’Keeffe, Hannah McSweeney, Shane Maher, John O’Connor, Dylan Gubbins, John Purdue, Adrian McGuire, Briain Davern, Ronan Quinn, Louise Ryan, Augustay Skucaite, Rachel Kearney, Bethany Entwistle, Lisa Currivan, Becky Quealy, Eoin Hand, Matthew O’Keeffe, Tom Keating, Michael Moloney, Michael Ryan, Craig O’Connell, James Downey, Peter Kelleher, Brandan Duffy, Declan O’Dwyer, Tom Ryan, Brian Hand, Fionn Hogan, Niall Anglim, Eoin Butler, Daniel Hayde, Philip Falvey, Johanna Murray, Killian Hayde.
Tennis Teams Swinging
The Community School’s tennis teams have been making steady progress through the Munster schools 2012 championships. The U14 girls shield team of Laura Connolly, Sinead Gayson, Orla Purcell, Jessie Kelleher played and won all three matches in a round-robin, beating Ursuline Convent, Thurles, 3 – 2; Gaelscoil Portlairge 5 – 0; St. Anne’s, Tipperary 4 – 1. These victories take them through to the semi-final stage where they will be joined by the boys (A team) of Colin Ryan, Kevin Tobin, Briain Davern, John O’Connor who beat Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, 5 – 0; St. Flannan’s, Ennis, 5 – 0; and Cistercian College, Roscrea, 5 – 0. A clean sweep!
Three teams are through to the Munster quarter-finals : the U14 boys shield (B team), the U19 boys shield (A team) and the U19 boys (B team). U14 boys B – Ciaran Quinn, Ciaran Davern, Conor Walsh, Gavin Ahern – beat Gaelscoil Portlairge 5 – 0 before losing 2 – 3 to Clonmel CBS. U19 A team – Gearoid Slattery, Niall Anglim, Larry Shanahan, Niall Treacy - beat Glenstal Abbey 5 – 0 and beat Cistercian Roscrea 4 – 1. The U19 B team lost to St. Flannan’s 1 – 4 and beat St. Anne’s, Killaloe, 4 – 1. No doubt the Cashel teams will be keeping their touch sharp during the Easter holidays.