St. Paul’s High School are All Ireland Champions

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Saturday, March 31st, 2012
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The St. Paul's faithful provided great support for the team throughout the match

The local community is celebrating today after St. Paul’s High School, Bessbrook clinched the All Ireland this afternoon in stunning fashion. Played in front of a huge travelling support at Kingspan Breifne Park in Cavan, the local side dominated the match, winning by an icredible 14 point margin.

First half:

The gripping final, played out between Ulster Mac Larnon Champions, St. Paul’s and the Leinster winners Ardscoil Rís, Dublin, started in typically frantic fashion, with an early goal by Ardscoil Ris. Undeterred by the early setback, St. Paul’s set about their opposition, cutting them open with ease. A point from Conor Sloan put the local side back in front before a strong comeback from Ardscoil Rís.

Half Time: St. Paul’s High School 0-04, Ardscoil Rís 1-03.

Second half:

St. Paul’s came out of the blocks strongly in the second half and showed their All Ireland credentials with some quickfire points, with Caolan McCullough leveling matters at 6 a piece. The strong wind was used to St. Paul’s advantage and Conor Sloan put them back in charge of the game with a well taken point.

Fionnán with proud mum and younger brother

With St. Paul’s now in the ascendancy, Connaire Mackin scored a majestic point to make it 0-08 to 1-03. Points went over the bar now in stylish fashion, with St. Paul’s all over their unfortunate opponents and claiming an incredible 9 points in 20 minutes. The local side played out the final minutes of the second half by pinging passes all over the pitch, claiming several more points to make the score 0-20 – 1-03.

The final whistle went and the young star’s faces were etched in pure joy and elation as they celebrated with the management team. There was wild scenes of jubilation in the stands with the St. Paul’s faithful also showing their unwavering appreciation for the school’s performance. Minutes later the men in maroon accepted the All Ireland cup with Captain Michael Murphy holding it aloft alongside the swarms of St. Paul’s fans who had made their way joyfully on to the pitch to congratulate the young heroes.

St Paul’s Bessbrook 0-20, Ardscoil Rís 1-03.

 

Captain Fantastic: Michael Murphy holds aloft the All Ireland flanked by the rest of the team


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