Kilrush Community School 1-8 Rice College 1-7
KILRUSH Community School defeated Rice College in the Clare Colleges senior football final played in Kilmihil last Monday. This was Kilrush’s first senior Clare colleges title since 1991.
The winners shaded a competitive and entertaining game in which both defences dominated for large spells. Kilrush stated bright with points from Gearóid Looney and Calum Bond. After ten minutes Rice College drew level and led by 1-3 to 0-3 close to half-time.
However a Ruairí Norrby goal brought Kilrush back into contention and they trailed by just two points at the interval, Rice College 1 -5 Kilrush 1-3.
An evenly contested second half resulted in scores being exchanged on both side with Ruaira Norrby, Calum Bond and Ross Cullinan scoring for Kilrush. Intense pressure from Kilrush in the last five minutes resulted in a great movement being finished off by Conn Prendeville for the equalising score.
Kilrush’s momentum continued and, on the stroke of full-time, Ross Cullinan broke the ball into the path of Conn Prendeville who laid it on for Ruairí Norrby to score the winning point.
After the game Kilrush captain Gearóid Looney was presented with the Clare Colleges Senior Football Perpetual Cup. The winners mentors were Tony Shannon, Noel Thornton, Martin Keogh and Ger Mescall.
Kilrush: Conor Wright; Fergal Pyne, Shane Carey, Jack Browne; Anthony Lillis, Gearóid Looney (captain), Declan Pyne; Ross Cullinan, Calum Bond; Darragh O’Dea, John Daly, Conn Prendeville; Ruairí Norrby, Darragh Bolton, Padraig Browne.
Subs: Brian Kelly for Padraig Browne, David Looney for Declan Pyne (injured), Kevin Prendergast for John Daly; Brian Grogan, Conor Downes, Padraig Kiniry, Eoin Grogan, Mark Moloney, David Williams, Kevin Looney.
Referee: Barry Kelly.