Joyful victory and agonising defeat for Comeragh College sportsmen

Comeragh College have reached the county final after defeating Cashel Community School by one point.

Comeragh College have reached the county final after defeating Cashel Community School by one point.

Comeragh College got off to a great start with scores from Conor Murray and Jack Cooke and were 6 points ahead midway through the first half, much to the credit of their goalkeeper Sean Dowley who made some fine saves.

Cashel stood strong and fought back to level it before some skilful foot work from Derek Burrows and Conor Murray again saw Comeragh College go in two points ahead at half time.

Comeragh College came out fighting hard at the start of the second half and coasted into an 8 point lead before a goal brought Cashel back into the game. It was tit-for-tat for the last 15 minutes with both teams exchanging points.

Comeragh College showed that they wanted to be in the final and started to put together some excellent passing and skilful play.

It looked like it was going to a draw but long range points from cool headed Jack Cooke won Comeragh College the match.

Comeragh College’s Daniel Walsh, Sean Dowley, Brian Connolly, Conor Murray, Derek Burrows and Jack Cooke produced outstanding performances in this tough match, which will stand to the team when they face Thurles CBS in the county final.

Athletics: A team of 40 Comeragh College students competed in the Post Primary Schools Athletics meet in Dr O’Callaghan Complex, Clonmel. Their efforts were rewarded by a collection of gold medals, with the Senior Team winning overall team gold.

Gold medallists were James Greene (400m), Billy Power (100m), Michael Loughman (long jump).

Michael also won silver in the 800m.

There were golds also for the senior relay team of James Greene, Billy Power, Adam Hants and Adam Fleming.

Well done to Mr Williams and all the Comeragh College team.

Munster soccer final: Comeragh College Under-14 soccer team narrowly lost the Munster Trophy Final to Limerick team Desmond College of Newcastle West. Final score was 2-1.

The Comeragh College outfit started brightly enough, but few chances were given to really test the Desmond goalkeeper with any real conviction.

Unfortunately centre midfielder, Eric O’Halloran appeared hampered very early on by a knee injury.

Twenty-five minutes in, and a free kick from roughly thirty yards out for the Desmond side, was curled into the penalty box, to be headed on, and scrambled into the net.

O’Halloran continued gamely until the whistle for half-time, but was forced to sit out the second half. He was substituted by Jack Cooke,

The second Desmond goal came mid-way through the second half and was the catalyst for Comeragh College’s revival and the Desmond defence was put vert much on the back foot.

A through ball from mid-field on the edge of the box found Billy Roche on the left, who powered the ball past the keeper, and suddenly Desmond’s lead looked shaky.

A second chance fell to Sean Dowley, set free on the right with the ball. The Desmond keeper instinctively turned the ball inches round the post with his foot to deny Comeragh a levelling goal.

A minute later the whistle blew, much to the Desmonds’ relief.

Thanks must go the Comeragh College team, which provided so much enjoyment for those spectators luckily enough to witness their efforts this year.