Thursday 27 January 2011 was an historic occasion for Duiske College as the Senior Hurlers had a magnificent victory over Knockbeg College in the South Leinster Final in a marvellous hurling match which had it all – tremendous goals, point blank saves, hard tackling and a heart stopping finish in which two very evenly matched teams gave their all in a highly entertaining match.
There was great support for both teams with a very vociferous Knockbeg contingent who got behind their team from the off and a large crowd of students and supporters who got behind Duiske College.
Both teams tore into the fray from the start and the exchanges were hard and fair. Duiske got off to a perfect start with early points from Lee Kinsella, Ryan O Halloran and Bernard Hennessy and a great goal in the tenth minute when Lee and Ryan combined brilliantly to score a tremendous team goal to leave
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the score 1–3 to 0–1 in favour of Duiske College. After a goal mouth scramble Knockbeg struck back with a goal courtesy of a well struck ground stroke. Duiske College surged upfield again and extended their lead with a good supply of ball going into the inside forward
Lee Kinsella scored a fine goal five minutes before half time, gathering a high midfield delivery, rounding the full back before crashing to the net to give Duiske College a lead of 2–7 to 1–2. In the final minutes of the half the ball broke into the Knockbeg full forward line and they came roaring back through scoring a great goal
from close range. The final score of the game came to Knockbeg leaving the half time score at Duiske College 2–7 to Knockbegs 2–3
Knockbeg enjoyed the support of the wind in the second period and scored two brilliant points from play in the opening minutes and the match seemed to be turning in their favour. However the Duiske College boys to their credit put in a tremendous effort of tackling, hooking and blocking to stem the tide. Scores became
very hard to come by in the second half but Duiske College were rewarded for their hard work which saw the ball being delivered again into the inside forward line Lee Kinsella gathered but he was well marshalled by two Knockbeg players blocking his route to goal, however he managed to release a perfect pass to the on-running Ryan O Halloran who crashed the ball to the net. This goal was greeted by a tremendous roar from the supporters and students of Duiske and the players raised their effort to new heights after the impetus of the goal.
Knockbeg were not going to lie down soft and they took the game to Duiske launching attack after attack on the Duiske goal. During this period Seamas Kavanagh made several fine saves and denied the Knockbeg boys time and again. James Meaney made a towering catch and clearance in the final moments and when the final whistle blew the boys of Duiske College had achieved the dream that they had worked and trained so hard for. Eoin Bolger, captain was presented with the south Leinster trophy.
This was a great team effort with each man contributing to the win. Particularly strong performances came from Seamas Kavanagh in goal, James Meaney at fullback, Bernard Hennessy at centre back, James Doyle and Michael Cantwell at midfield and Lee Kinsella and Ryan O Halloran in the full forward line
We are tremendously proud of the team and panel of players at Duiske College. This is a tremendous achievement for then given the fact that they are taking on and beating much larger schools. They are a credit to their families, to their school and to their teachers, to Graiguenamanagh and the surrounding community. We would like to thank all those who came to support the team; your support was very much appreciated.
We hope to have
even more support the next day out in three to four weeks time in the Leinster Semi Final.
A sincere thank you to McConville Oil for their kind sponsorship
We would also like to thank Doran’s SuperValu for their sponsorship and we would also like to thank Mr Seamas O’Carroll , Manager of the Springhill Court Hotel and his staff for the use of his hotel facilities, for the lovely meal and treating the boys like royalty.
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