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Senior Football: County Championship

The CBS didn’t have to travel very far this year for the opening round of the Roscommon Colleges County Championship. Last May’s draw saw Roscommon Community College drawn as their Quarter Final opponents. Despite a low scoring and relatively tight first half the CBS got into their groove in the second period with some fine passages of play dispensing with Community College’s challenge with relative ease. Final score CBS Roscommon 2-13 Roscommon Community College 0-4. The CBS will play Strokestown in the Semi-Final sometime in October.

Senior Football: AIT Super 10’s

On Friday September 23rd the CBS once again participated in the ait super 10’s competition. The competition is played on a group basis with the top team in each group progressing to the semi-finals. Schools are limited to a panel of 15 with 20 minute games played with 10 players aside. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. They were winners of the inaugural event in 2014 and continue to be the only Roscommon School to compete.

Other schools involved this year included; St Mel’s Longford, St Marys Edenderry, Moate CC, St Nathy’s, Athlone CC, St Jarlath’s, Granard, Marist College, CBS Mullingar, St Pats Navan, and Ballymahon CC.

The Roscommon men were handed a difficult draw, included in a group with Moate CC, Ballymahon CC and St Jarlath’s College. Game 1 saw Moate defeat Balymahon, with CBS to play ST Jarlath’s to open. The CBS struggled to settle with Jarlath’s racing into a 4point lead. Patrick Fannon brought the CBS back into it with a well taken goal before the Tuam side tacked on two points to lead 1-3 to 1-0 at the break. The CBS started the second ten minute period much brighter, drawing level with points from Darragh Walsh, Brian O’Malley and Ciaran Lawless. Jarlath’s struck back with a goal before Lawless netted for the CBS. Jarlath’s edged ahead with a point before Walsh pulled the game level with a fine point in the final couple of minutes. The CBS showed great composure with the clock ticking to full time, when Peter Gillooly raised the green flag after a great break. Final score CBS 3-4 St Jarlath’s 2-4.

Game 3 was a tight encounter with Moate CC overcoming Jarlath’s, ending their chances of progression. That left the CBS to take on Ballymahon, who had lost their opening encounter. Unfortunately Ballymahon led 1-4 to 0-2 at half time and with CBS chasing the game in a short time period Ballymahon scored a couple of breakaway goals wining 3-6 to 0-4. This meant the CBS needed victory over Moate CC who already had two wins to keep their hopes of progression

alive. The Roscommon men saved their best for performance for last however with an often dominant display. Gillooly opened matters with a point before Moate levelled. The CBS dominated the next 3-4 minutes of play with fine taken points from Conor McNamara, Lawless and Walsh. Walsh would tack on two more points interjected by Moate points to leave it 0-6 to 0-3 at the break. In the second period Moate narrowed the gap to just one before Walsh stroke over a free to settle things for the CBS. Moate struck again before Patrick Fannon pointed to keep the gap at two. Moate scored twice to level it with time ticking before Dylan Horan struck from way out into the top corner to lift the CBS again. Moate did bring it back to a gap of two points again before another excellent Walsh score ended the contest in favour of the CBS 1-9 to Moate 0-9. This now meant the CBS needed Jarlath’s to beat Ballymahon and they would progress as group winners. Unfortunately the Tuam side were unable to oblige and the CBS were eliminated on point’s difference. Despite this, it was a very enjoyable day, and there were some excellent individual performances from the CBS against top quality opposition. Panel and scorers listed below.

Diarmaid Collins, Ethan Connaughton, Patrick Fannon (1-1), Peter Gillooly (1-2), Seán Hanly Thomas Hanly, Reece Gilligan, Cormac Miley[ C], Shane Purcell, Darragh Walsh (0-9), Dylan Horan (1-0), Ciaran Lawless (1-3), John Martin, Conor McNamara (0-1), Brian O’Malley (0-1).

The Senior Football panel and management would like also to take this opportunity to thank Athlone Institute of Technology and Gary Sammon (GAA Development Officer AIT) for organising such a well-run and worthwhile competition.

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