Presentation Athenry see off St. Francis
FAI Schools Tom Ticher Junior National Cup Semi Final
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Presentation College, Athenry 4-0 St. Francis College, Rochestown
Liam Kelly (37, 52), Liam Leen (22) Shaun Gilligan (9)
ATHENRY scholars Presentation College progress to this year’s Tom Ticher National Cup Final for the first time in the schools history following a commanding display against Munster stars St. Francis College, Rochestown in Aisling Annacotty this afternoon (March 12).
Liam Leen was the talisman for Athenry and he forced Ben O’Leary into a fine save five minutes into the contest. He also set up Shaun Gilligan for the opener as the youngster tapped home at the far post following Leen’s inch perfect set piece nine minutes in.
Leen then doubled their tally midway through the first forty with a stunning set piece from 25 yards out.
Cian O’Flaherty was the main threat upfront for Rochestown but he couldn’t convert a glancing header with quarter of an hour played.
Dylan Quirke produced some great saves to deny Andrew O’Brien with a double whammy and keep his clean sheet intact
Liam Kelly completed a hat-trick for Athenry three minutes from the interval so they entered the break with a comprehensive lead.
Rochestown started the second forty brightly with Paul Hanley and Adrian Thiabaut testing Quirke but again the impressive goalkeeper was equal to the challenge.
Liam Kelly put the gloss on a fine performance when he netted from the edge of the box on 52 minutes, for his second and Athenry’s fourth to take the contest beyond Cork’s reach.
Harry Nevin was moved up front to leave three at the back but the Athenry defence held strong to keep the Munster Champions at bay.
Rochestown were down to 10 men as Micheál O’Mahony was given his marching orders late on but the Connacht side had the damage done and will meet Salesian College, Celbridge in the final showcase of the season.
PRESENTATION COLLEGE, ATHENRY, GALWAY | Liam Quirke (Adam Davey, 78 mins), Ronan Jennings, Jack Regan, Cian Flannery (Ben Haverty, 67 mins), Alex Hough (Captain), Darragh Burke, Kieran O’Connor, Daire McCarthy, Liam Kelly (Conor Hoade, 75 mins) Liam Leen (Thady Moran, 75 mins), Shaun Gilligan (Braon Shannon, 79 minutes)
TEACHERS | Jonathan Linnane, Joe Finnerty
ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE, ROCHESTOWN, CORK | Ben O’Leary, Adam Walsh (Captain), Micheál O’Mahony, Harry Nevin, Barry McCarthy, Matthew Murphy, Jack Cunningham, Paul Hanley, Cian O’Flaherty (Seán Brady, 61 mins), Adrian Thiabaut, Andrew O’Brien (Padraig Murphy, 44 mins)
SUBS NOT USED | Dan Apantahu, Colin Henderson, Hervé Kumanzambe
TEACHERS | Cathal Lordan, Derick Murray
MATCH OFFICIAL | John McNamara (Limerick)