On Friday, our U-10 Finalists and Senior Champion football teams received their medals during a ceremony in school.
Scoil an Linbh Íosa have beaten Kilcullen National School to secure the Cumann na mBunscol title on a scoreline of 0-7 to 0-4. The boys had to exhibit wit and determination to outfox a well drilled Kilcullen side who deployed a sweeper for the majority of the game. This was a new challenge for our boys as they had not encountered a defensive system like this in previous games. The whole team battled courageously and were a credit to the school.
Adam Doyle was super in goals. He commanded his area with authority and his booming kick outs caused panic in the Kilcullen defence. The Prosperous shot stopper pulled off a few 'World Class' saves to ensure that Prosperous brought home the cup. The full back line of Edas Bodindorfas, Matthew McNally and Joe Barrett defended stoutly and managed to deprive Kilcullen's full forward line of any meaningful possession. Matthew and Joe are old campaigners for the school team and were very dependable on the big stage. Edas showed that the future is bright for next year with his display. Whenever the Kilcullen boys did manage to secure possession in this area the aforementioned trio were always on hand to get a block or a a tackle in. Here they were ably assisted by Cathal McKennedy. He became the 'free man' in defence as his assigned marker was given a sweeper role and played in front of our full forward line. Cathal was instrumental in mopping up any loose ball in front of our full back line as a result. The team played with an effective two man half back line where Jack Mackey and Ryan Burke curbed the threat of Kilcullen's most potent attackers. Both won their individual duels and set up a good platform for the team's victory.
At midfield the flair, imagination and creativity of the attack minded Darragh Swords was ably matched by the bravery, strength and determination of team captain Ronyn O' Brien. Darragh will no doubt go on to star for the team next year while Ronyn has played his last game for the school. Both worked tremendously hard for the team today and were vital to the team performance as a result.
Kevin Campbell was the scorer in chief today. He tormented the Kilcullen defence throughout despite being tracked by two markers in the second half. His execution of skill was breathtaking at times. He was assisted manfully by Oliver McNamee who picked up some vital possession particularly in the second half. He surely is another star for the future. Adam Murphy's role was imperative to the team's success. He worked tirelessly throughout and played the last ten minutes as a sweeper when Kilcullen finally disbanded their own defensive system and went on an all out attack. Here he secured some vital possession for the team. The full forward line consisted of Cian Byrne, Conor Murphy and Kevin Hannon. Despite the ultra defensive approach of the opposition they battled bravely and never gave up the fight. Kevin Hannon is a classy forward who will feature again next year. Conor and Cian have played their last game for the school team but will be remembered for the fantastic effort they put in today.
Colm McCormack is another player to watch for next year. He played a starring role in the team's victory over Patrician's National School in the early stages of the competition. He was equally dependable when called upon for the semi final. He is Mr. Versatility and is equally comfortable in goals or further out the field.
Dylan Connolly is a fantastic player who has improved greatly this year. He has performed superbly in training and is another one to watch for in the future. He played a vital role for the team in the semi final when brought in to close out the game.
Stephen Agbele is another member of our talented panel. He played a big role in the game against Patrician's National School and in the semi-final. He has pace to burn and is a fantastic athlete who played his part in the team's success.
The parents, families, teachers and the entire school community are immensely proud of your efforts!
Well done lads!!!!
Scoil an Linbh Íosa aim to do the double this week as the fantastic under 10 team will contest the final on Wednesday 27th May at 4:45 in Moorefield G.A.A. Local rivals Caragh National School will be the opponents in what promises to be an unforgettable contest. This Scoil an Linbh Íosa under 10 team is a tremendously talented outfit who have played superbly all year and deserve to be in the final. They have reached the final courtesy of a fine semi final display against St. Conleth's and St. Mary's National School which took place on Thursday the 14th May. The team exhibited flair and determination in equal measure and won comfortably on a scoreline of 5-3 to 1-0. Please come out and support our young heroes as they bid to bring the under 10 cup back to Prosperous for the first time since 2011!
Scoil an Linbh Íosa managed to reach the final after an enthralling encounter with Ballysax National School on Monday the 25th May. Both sides were inseparable throughout and extra time was needed to determine who would reach the final. Our boys showed tremendous courage, heart and determination during the game and ended up winning on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-10. Parents and teachers present at the game were very proud of our young heroes who now have to play the final tomorrow (Tuesday 26th) in Moorefield G.A.A. at 2:00. Kilcullen National School will be the opposition and it promises to be a momentous occasion. Please come along and support our great team as they bid to bring the cup back home to Prosperous!
We will be returning to school after the summer holidays on Thursday 27th of August.