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Arklow CBS win Wicklow Junior 9 A-side
Arklow CBS win Wicklow junior 9 a-side Secondary schools competition
Back boned by AGB Club players, Arklow CBS beat Gaelcholaiste na Mara in a thrilling final on Thursday to lift the County Secondary Schools Junior Shield which is set up for 2nd & 3rd year students.
Five teams took part in the final competition of the school year, inc Arklow CBS, Arklow Community College, Gaelcholaiste na Mara, Presentation College Bray and Coláiste Bhride Carnew.
Following the Group Stages Colaiste na Mara were in top spot after winning all of their games, while the other two
Arklow schools were Joint Second following their drawn pool game plus their wins over Bray & Carnew respectfully.
CBS were awarded the place in the final by virtue of a single point better score difference in their pool games.
The scene was set as the two arklow teams took to the field with no less than 16 AGB Club players between them while there was a mixture of Castletown, Kilanerin, Barndarrig, Avondale and Ashford players sprinkled throughout both squads.
Following a competitive first half CBS were just in front as they led An Gaelcholaiste na Mara by a point 0.05 to 0.04
The 10 Minutes a side final moved by very quickly as the scores were at a premium, the second half showed some very tired bodies as they battled the wide open spaces for their fifth game of the day.
Colaiste na Mara struck first with a well taken goal to push into a 0.02 point lead and they looked on course to do the double over their neighbors for the second time on the day, however with time running out Jack Hamilton won a breaking ball 40 meters from goal turned his man and fed Darren Furlong, who played a one-two with Darren Dempsey who then popped it up for Paddy Dempsey to run on to and the Castle town man buried it in the back of the net.
The final whistle sounded on the kick out and the CBS won on a score line of 1.05 to 1.04
Then Captain Fiacha McCrudden was presented with the Shield as he was applauded by everyone of his team mates and friends.`
CBS Squad on the day were – Jack Jameson, Jack Hamilton, Liam Gregory, Tiernan Mellon, Eoghan Doyle, Michael Kennedy, Garry Fennel, Darren Dempsey, Fiacha McCrudden Darren Furlong, John Paul Hurley, Paddy Dempsey & John O Halloran.