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Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Aontroma A Hurling Championship Final   25/06/2019

A drenched Musgrave Park played host to last Thursday’s historic A Hurling Championship Final between two Gaelscoileanna, namely Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh and Bunscoil Phobal Feirste. The hotly anticipated final, being billed as ‘Battle of the Bunscoileanna’, didn’t fail to disappoint the large crowd of expectant spectators. Indeed, the men from Bóthar Seoighe had pipped their fellow Gaels to victory with a point in sudden death to claim the ‘Gaelscoil Éanna Cup’ less than a month ago and this game would be equally as dramatic. The lads from Ballymurphy started on the front foot with efforts from Oisín Altimas, Conall Mc Mahon and Lorcán Cordner. However, the BPF defence, being marshalled by the impressive Tiarnán Mc Donnell, stood firm and protected their goals heroically. Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh finally settled into the game and converted some lovely scores through the talented Tomás Adams and skilful Nathan Mc Kenna to finished the half with their noses in front. The rain continued to pour down heavily throughout the interval however this would not dampen the spirits of these fully committed young men. Tomás Delaney’s puckouts proved the catalyst for a flurry of BSD scores early into the second half and Dárragh Cunningham was having the game of his life covering every blade of grass. But with a workhorse like the tireless Éamonn Kearney in their ranks you can never write off the determined Shaw’s Road men. Despite some resolute defending from the calm and composed trio of, Ruairi Ó Scolláin, James Mc Nally and Gerard Loughran-Doak, BPF found the back of the net through Conor Ritchie’s thunderbolt. Seadhna Caldwell came on the field to settle the nerves of his BSD team mates in the final moments of the game and Tiarnán Powell-Smyth and Ciarnán Gillen continued to tackle furiously, determined to hold the fort. Finally, the lads from Ballymurphy breathed a sigh of relief as the sweet sound of Davey Mc Grath’s whistle echoed as far as Boucher Road. They were greeted in celebration with a warm embrace from their loyal and passionate manager Jase Nic Shim, who has worked tirelessly for the past number of years to raise the profile of hurling in the school. Bunscoil Phobal Feirste players and management team were very gracious in defeat and all present agreed that the real winners on the day were Antrim GAA. Go raibh míle maith agat to all at Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Aontroma for keeping our pupils active in Gaelic Games throughout the year.