Top Oil Br Bosco Cup Knockout Round 1
Friday and Saturday saw a busy Round of action in the Top Oil Br Bosco Cup. A place in the Quarter Finals on February 16th was up for grabs as 12 teams faced off.
Defending Champions Naas took on St Mel’s of Longford and maintained their impressive form. The game was tight early on with the sides going score for score. As the first half neared its end the crucial moment came as the Kildare side found the net to leave it 1-07 to 0-05 at the break. Naas asserted their dominance in the second half clocking up another 1-11 on their way to victory. It finished 2-18 to 1-09.
Last year’s beaten finalist Marist Athlone also progressed following their clash with St Mary’s Edenderry. The Westmeath outfit saw themselves up by a goal heading into the break, the second of which was the result of a retaken penalty. They led 2-03 to 0-06 at the interval. The second half took on much the same pattern with St Mary’s doing good work but unable to get through for badly needed scores. Marist bagged another goal in the second half and ran out victors on a score-line of 3-10 to 0-07.
In Pairc Tailteann St Pats of Navan played host to St Joseph’s of Rochfortbridge. The opening stages were a nip and tuck as both sides traded points and by the 15th minute were level on 4 a piece. The hosts then took over outscoring the Longford side 1-05 to no score for the remainder of the half. Substitute Niall Finnerty put the game to bed when he grabbed St Pats second goal with only minutes left to leave it 2-16 to 0-08 in the end.
The Round also threw up an all Dublin clash as Colaiste Eoin took on Scoil Aodhain. Despite the Whitehall side of Scoil Aodhain bagging two goals it proved not to be enough as they lost out on a score line of 1-14 to 2-07 with Colaiste Eoin marching on.
Scoil Mhuire Clane overcamer the Tommy Moolick managed Patrician Newbridge. The Clane men were full value for their win with Shane O’Sullivan and Sam McCormack contributing 1-12 between them on the day. Some stout defending from Patrician Newbridge helped to keep a reasonable appearance on the score line, it finished 1-15 to 0-07.
The closest game of the Round came when Moate CS welcomed the visit of Athlone CC. Once again goals did not prove enough as the visitors 2-05 was not enough to see of the home side as it finished 2-05 to 1-09. The Westmeath side can now look ahead to the draw next week.
After a busy two days of action the Quarter Final line up for the Top Oil Br Bosco Cup is set. With Naas, Marist Athlone, St Pats Navan, Scoil Mhuire Clane, Colaiste Eoin and Moate CS all still in the hunt for glory.