The first ever St Catherine’s football team – an amalgamation of Erin Go Bragh and Westmanstown – competed in Division four last weekend, producing a series of brilliant results to land victory in some style.
On a beautiful Saturday in Westmanstown, after welcoming speeches by both chairpersons and rendition of the national anthem, the games began.
In a tough opening, game the St Catherine’s lads battled bravely but, with two goals in a three-minute spell, Kilmacud Crokes ran out 2-6 to 0-7 winners.
Next up were Erin’s Isle and another tremendous tussle ensued.
Heat was taking a toll on both sides and scores were hard earned but the host club eventually won out by 1-7 to 2-2 to reignite their chances of making it out of the group stages.
It set up a a winner take all game against St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh in which, after a tight first half, the boys won well by 4-11 to 1-7.
Despite the win, Catherine’s did suffer the loss of Bryan Lydon to injury, denying the side the sevices of the powerful running player for the semi-final.
They travelled out to O’Dwyer’s in Balbriggan for the semi-final against another premier club, Ballymun Kickhams.
After a good start, Catherine’s moved 1-3 to 0-1 ahead by the 10th minute. However, Ballymun stormed back to lead 2-2 to 1-4 at the break.
The second half began well for the west Dublin outfit and they pushed 2-5 to 2-4 ahead with five minutes left.
In a barnstorming final few minutes, Ballymun lay siege to the Catherine’s goal but valiant defending kept Mun at bay for a deserved win and another crack at Kilmacud in the final.
Another scorcher on Sunday at a well presented St Peregrine’s Blakestown ground and Kilmacud awaited. Another well contested game saw the half time score of 0-4 to 0-3 to Kilmacud.
However, a powerful display all over the field was too much for the Stillorgan lads to live with and honours deservedly went to the Dublin 15 outfit.
It included top displays from Sam McGrath in goal, Bryan Lydon, James Mitten and Keelan Cosgrove in defence, Gavin Curtis and Liam Garrigan in midfield and Glen Campion, Darren Daly along with all 22 players who did both clubs proud.