Glory Glory Glór na MaraMarch 21, 2019 ADMIN 0
Coláiste Ghlór na Mara are the Kings of Leinster after an exhilarating afternoon which saw the Balbriggan school secure a 3-0 victory over Killinarden in this year’s U15s Leinster Final. On a windswept Thursday afternoon the stage was set for this season’s Leinster final. Glór na Mara in their patented red and white strip took on Killinarden who sported the school’s blue and yellow.
The match started at a frantic pace with both teams going hammer and tongs from the off. Glór na Mara, buoyed by a large travelling support, raced into an early lead. Oisín Ó’Murchú, the team’s captain, latched onto a misplaced pass at halfway and bore down on goal. The Bohs Ace kept his nerve and slotted home the opening goal to send the Glór na Mara fans into raptures.
The game ebbed and flowed with Killinarden enjoying large spells of possession in the attacking third. Glór na Mara breathed a huge sigh of relief when the linesman ruled out a would be equaliser for offside. Glór na Mara lead 1-0 at the break.
The second half was a tense affair with Killinarden winning numerous free kicks in dangerous areas; however the Glór na Mara rearguard held firm under the aerial bombardment.
It took a somewhat controversial second goal to calm the nerves of the travelling support. John Ó’Cléirigh, much to the fans delight, capitalized on a goal keeping error to put Glór na Mara two goals to the good. The cool finish gave Glór na Mara a cushion and forced Killinarden to throw caution to the wind. However at that stage Glór na Mara had found their stride and began to dominate the midfield battle.
The introduction of Cébhán Houshidari offered further impetus to the Glór na Mara attack and a brilliant piece of skill and unselfishness lead to the third and final goal to put the gloss on an excellent performance. Houshidari’s stepover and pull back from the byline ensured Killan Cailloce was able to finish from close range; a just reward for the rangyfirst year who lead the line excellently all game.
Commiserations to Killinarden but the day belonged to Glór na Mara. The final whistle sparked jubilant scenes as the Glór na Mara faithful, who were in full voice all game, invaded the pitch.
A hero’s welcome awaited the newly crowned Kings of Leinster when they arrived home to a guard of honour in front of the school.
All attention now turns to Nenagh on the 28th of March where the Leinster champions try to write themselves into All Ireland folklore and book a place in the ultimate showpiece, the All Ireland Final. Standing in their way is Intermediate School Killorglin who will pose their biggest test yet. However Coláiste Ghlór na Mara dare to dream, the odyssey continues….