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Leinster Junior Boys Football Champions 2018 Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan

Leinster Senior Ladies Football Champions 2018 Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan

Pictured below are our Junior Boys football squad after their North Leinster and Leinster Championship winners meal and medal presentation ceremony at New Forest Estate on Friday 25/05/18. A great occasion on a fabulous day at New Forest which brings the curtain down on an unforgettable footballing year.  #MSSK

Some scenes of the celebrations post final-whistle at the Boys Leinster Junior Football final

 

Junior Boys Leinster Final Result:

Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan 3-9

St. MacDara's Templeogue 2-8

Mercy Kilbeggan Junior Boys Football team have been crowned Leinster champions after a pulsating 3-9 to 2-8 victory over St. MacDara's, Templeogue, Dublin at Kinnegad GAA Grounds on Monday last 21st May. A closing 20 minutes that will live long in the memory ensured we departed Kinnegad with the silverware, and thus completed a historic year of football within the school. We started the game ferociously and dominated the game in the first 10 minutes, taking a 0-5 to 0-0 lead, all 5 through the boot of Jordan McDonnell. In reality we should have been far further ahead in the 10th minute and we looked to be in cruise control. Suddenly we coughed up a poor goal and all of a sudden there was life in St. MacDara's. They had found a footing in the game and now were a much more dangerous prospect. Another quick-fire goal ensued and we were under the cosh for the remainder of the half. Inspirational driving running from Darragh Seery and the boot of Jordan McDonnell from frees was keeping us in touch in the first half, with the later landing one outside of the right gem from under the stand. We ended the half behind, 2-4 to 0-8, with all of our scores coming from the St. Josephs man McDonnell. 

We had a lot of work to do in the second half, having played with the wind at our backs in the first. St. MacDara's quickly increased their lead to 5, with three quickfire scores to begin the half. Again we found ourselves in a character testing situation, and again our lads were about to answer the call. Alex Egan, Danny Scully, Aidan Stone, and Sean Dowdall really began to turn it on, and county man Darragh Seery went into utter beast-mode. The incisive running and shear pace of the Ballinagore man was relentless and he hauled us back into the game. The talented Evan Connell then hit the net and now we trailed by 2. Less than a minute later Connell hit the net once more after some great build-up play from Jack Gallagher and Eoin Glennon. We regained the lead, finding ourselves 2-8 to 2-7 in front. Another settling free from the boot of Jordan McDonnell ensued, and this was immediately followed a 'postage stamp' strike to the top right corner of the net by McDonnell. 3-9 to 2-7, 10 minutes remaining. Now it was the turn of Mark Wrafter, Andrew Conway, Kieran Boyle, Jamie Corcoran, and James McGivern, our defensive powerhouses, along with Kilbeggan man and leader Aidan Stone to drive us home. For the final 10, we defended, to a man, with aggression. We had worked so hard to get to this point, and we had a lead that we downright refused to relinquish. St. MacDara's threw everything at us, however we stayed strong and only conceded 1 point in the final 10 minutes. And that was that.. Leinster Champions... a title which our Junior Boys Football squad truly deserves.

On a memorable day there were huge performances in spells from our players, but Darragh Seery was unquestionably man of the match.The display given from the Ballinagore man showed his inter-county class, and his performance will live long in the memory. Congratulations Darragh. #NeverBeaten

Scorers: Jordan McDonnell 1-9, (0-8 frees), Evan Connell 2-0 

MSSK Leinster Final Junior Boys Squad: 1. Ross McMonagle (Durrow); 2. Andrew Conway (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 3. Aidan Stone (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 4. Mark Wrafter (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 5. Sean Dowdall (Tyrrellspass); 6. Kieran Boyle (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 7. James McGivern (Tyrrellspass); 8. Jamie Corcoran (Tyrrellspass); 9. Jordan McDonnell (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 10. Fergal O'Brien (Lilliput Gaels); 11. Evan Connell (Tyrrellspass); 12. Darragh Seery (Lilliput Gaels); 13. Danny Scully (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 14. Eoin Glennon (Lilliput Gaels); 15. Jack Gallagher (Lilliput Gaels); 16. Alex Egan (Clara); 17. Peter Pierson (Tyrrellspass); 18. Dean Harte (Tyrrellspass); 19. Michael Murphy (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 20. Cian Gavigan (Lilliput Gaels); 21. Gary Farrell (Tyrrellspass); 22. Conor Carroll (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 23. Kai Harte-Beer (Tyrrellspass); 24. Niall Rabbitte (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 25. Mark Kiernan (Lilliput Gaels); 26. Ronan Foxe (Rosemount); 27. Adam McGoldrick (Lilliput Gaels); 28. James Galvin-Daly (Durrow); 29. Wesley Redding (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 30. Zach Wright (Lilliput Gaels)

Backroom Team: Mr. Delaney, Donal Fox, Liam Clavin, Mr. Lynch

 

 

Junior Boys Leinster Semi Final Result (After Extra-Time):

Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan 3-18

Presentation De La Salle Bagenalstown 3-16

Mercy Kilbeggan Junior Boys football team have progressed to the Leinster final, after a 3-18 to 3-16 extra-time victory over Presentation De La Salle Bagenalstown co. Carlow at Heywood 3G on 4/5/18. A heroic display from the lads has ensured we live to fight another day. We started the game well, kicking the first 4 points to lead 0-4 to 0-0. However that is when Presentation De La Salle really settled down and took control. They played some excellent football for the remainder of the half and we really had to dig in and thank our goalkeeper Ross McMonagle to ensure they only led 1-7 to 0-6 at the interval.

As the second half opened, our opponents showed no sign of letting up, extending their lead to 8 points. 8 points remained the gap for long periods in the second half, and with 9 minutes to play we still trailed by 8. That is when the never-say-die attitude of this group of players came to the fore. Our lads point-blank refused to lie down and they gave more to the cause than one could imagine was possible to give. We began to steadily close the gap. A bullet to the net followed from Jordan McDonnell and all of a sudden we were alive and kicking. We began to dominate the game in the closing stages, with Kieran Boyle, Darragh Seery, James McGivern and Eoin Glennon really leading from the front. With a mere 60 seconds of play remaining, we still trailed by 3, but the relentless siege we had unleashed finally broke them down and once more McDonnell hit the net. 2-11 to 2-11. Extra-time beckoned. 

In extra-time both teams traded points 4 times in succession to leave the game deadlocked at half-time of extra-time. 2-15 to 2-15. Our season had come down to 10 minutes of football, and the 10 minutes which followed epitomized this panel of players. We kicked the first two points, and soon after were awarded a penalty, which again Jordan McDonnell dispatched to complete his hat-trick. We followed that with a supreme point from Darragh Seery to extend the lead to 6. The hard work was done, and we managed the lead relatively well for the final 5 minutes of the encounter to close out an amazing game of football with a 2 point win. 

There were monumental displays all over the field from our lads, but Jordan McDonnell gets to nod for man of the match having ended the game with an eye-watering tally of 3-10, and with shear willpower kept us alive at crucial stages of the game. #NeverBeaten

 

 

Juvenile Boys North Leinster Final Result (After Extra-Time):

Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan 2-9

Oaklands Community College Edenderry 2-11

Hard luck to our Juvenile Boys football team who were beaten, after extra-time, by 2-11 to 2-09 in the North Leinster Final by Oaklands Edenderry on 1/5/18. The players and management have put in a huge effort this year, but it just was not to be on this occasion. Our youngest school members will have many more days to don the White, Maroon and Sky of Mercy Kilbeggan under the guidance of Mr. Hagan and Mr. Lynch. 

 

The Double!! #MSSK

Senior Ladies Football Leinster Champions 2018 - Mercy Kilbeggan!

Junior Boys Football North Leinster Champions 2018 - Mercy Kilbeggan!

Rebecca Scally and Jennifer Barrett lift the trophy on behalf of Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan ladies team after their 3-13 to 1-11 win over Gorey Community School in the ladies Leinster football final on 26/04/18.

Match-day squad, Miss. Daly and Mr. McGauran pictured with the title after their 3-13 to 1-11 win over Gorey Community School at Graiguecullen, Carlow on Thursday 26/4/2018. Our girls ran out deserving winners in the Leinster final. We played with a strong wind in the first half and rallied hard to be 10 points up at the interval. Our girls battled ferociously in the second half and got their scores at crucial times to maintain the lead in which they had worked so hard for. There were huge displays given from every player from 1 to 15, with some memorable performances coming from Niamh Bracken, Roisin Mealiff and player of the match Aoibheann Jackson. Well done to all panel and coaching members!

MSSK Leinster Final Senior Girls Squad: 1. Morna Brady, 2. Lydia Byrne; 3. Eleanor O'Connor; 4. Orlaith Foxe; 5. Jennifer Barrett; 6. Rebecca Nolan; 7. Niamh Bracken; 8. Caoimhe Clarke-MacMahon; 9. Sarah Kehoe; 10. Rebecca Scally; 11. Aoibheann Jackson; 12. Jessica Maloney; 13. Aine Pettit; 14. Karen Keegan; 15. Roisin Mealiff; 16. Aoife O'Brien; 17. Leah Farrell; 18. Megan Ruane; 19. Briana Alford; 20. Tara Fox; 21. Katelyn Dennigan; 22. Eabha Cassidy; 23. Niamh Daly; 24. Geraldine McKeown; 25. Ella Ravenhill; 26. Emily Flynn; 27. Ellen Pierson; 28. Laura Flanagan; 30. Carol Browne; 31. Hannah Foxe

Backroom Team: Miss. Daly, Mr. McGauran

Aidan Stone and Jordan McDonnell lift the trophy on behalf of the squad. Looking good lads!

Match-day squad and student backroom team members pictured with the title after their 1-13 to 3-2 win over Bush PP of Louth at Meath Centre of Excellence, Dunganny on Friday 20/4/2018. Our lads ran out deserving winners in the North Leinster final. We took the lead early on in the game and rallied to maintain it throughout the encounter. There were huge displays given from every player from 1 to 15, with some memorable performances coming from Andrew Conway, Mark Wrafter, Evan Connell and Man of the Match Jordan McDonnell. 

MSSK North Leinster Final Junior Boys Squad: 1. Ross McMonagle (Durrow); 2. Andrew Conway (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 3. Aidan Stone (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 4. Mark Wrafter (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 5. Sean Dowdall (Tyrrellspass); 6. Kieran Boyle (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 7. James McGivern (Tyrrellspass); 8. Jamie Corcoran (Tyrrellspass); 9. Jordan McDonnell (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 10. Fergal O'Brien (Lilliput Gaels); 11. Evan Connell (Tyrrellspass); 12. Darragh Seery (Lilliput Gaels); 13. Danny Scully (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 14. Eoin Glennon (Lilliput Gaels); 15. Jack Gallagher (Lilliput Gaels); 16. Alex Egan (Clara); 17. Peter Pierson (Tyrrellspass); 18. Dean Harte (Tyrrellspass); 19. Michael Murphy (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 20. Cian Gavigan (Lilliput Gaels); 21. Gary Farrell (Tyrrellspass); 22. Conor Carroll (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 23. Kai Harte-Beer (Tyrrellspass); 24. Niall Rabbitte (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 25. Mark Kiernan (Lilliput Gaels); 26. Ronan Foxe (Rosemount); 27. Adam McGoldrick (Lilliput Gaels); 28. James Galvin-Daly (Durrow); 29. Wesley Redding (Kilbeggan / St. Josephs); 30. Zach Wright (Lilliput Gaels)

Backroom Team: Mr. Delaney, Donal Fox, Liam Clavin, Mr. Lynch

Our Junior Boys Football Squad would like to formally thank our kit sponsors for this school year; Shanette Sheds for our match-day jerseys, Eco Car Wash for our warm up and training jerseys and New Forest Estate for our match-day crew neck. The support from these local companies is very much appreciated by the lads.

                                                                                                                               

 

A sneak preview of the new warm up jersey to be worn by our Junior Boys Football Team prior to their North Leinster Final 

Senior Ladies Football Team through to Leinster Final

Our Senior Ladies Football Team have progressed to the Leinster Final after a pulsating one-point win over Mountrath in the semi-final on Feb 20th.

Junior Boys Football Team through to North Leinster Final

Our Boys Junior Football Team won through to the North Leinster Final, after a very convincing 5-16 to 1-10 semi-final win over Cnoc Mhuire Granard on Monday last 19th February 2018.

Junior Girls Football Squad 2017/2018

 

Noel Delaney of Leinster Gaa presents Mr. Delaney, Mr. Farrell and first year football panel members with some new footballs prior to the onset of the 2017/2018 post-primary school footballing season