On Friday October 27th we spent the best day In Croke Park! Ballyroan Boys School were convincing winners over Scoil Fiachra Beaumont.
We are all so proud of our talented players and also of our wonderful supporters on the day who not only sang and cheered for us but who were also in fine voice supporting the girls from Scoil Naomh Pádraig who were victorious in their match.
A big thank you to the managers and mentors, Mr Murphy, Mr Furlong, & Mr Hughes, Here is the back story.
The Ballyroan Journey
Mr Paddy Murphy, Mr Sean Furlong and Mr Conor Hughes were given the honour of training the Ballyroan’ Boys Senior Football teams this year. Up to 40 boys across 4th, 5th and 6th class formed the two senior panels and some tough decisions had to be made in deciding both panels.
The panel for the final was largely based from Mr Canning and Mr Furlong’s 6th classes with a couple from both Mr Murphy’s in 5th!
Having tasted success in the Corn Na nGearaltach in Croke Park this time last year, Ballyroan played in the top division of the Dublin school’s football this year – The Corn Martin Kitterick. This was the first time in many years that Ballyroan have dined at the top table of school’s football.
Drawn in group “B” alongside St Mary’s Rathfarnham, Scoil Bhride Foxrock and Scoil Lorcáin Kilmacud – Ballyroan played some excellent football in the group stages against some very strong and experienced sides.
First up was the meeting with Scoil Bhride in Sancta Maria. A determined and well-drilled Ballyroan side eventually prevailed against a young and hardworking Scoil Bhride. A great start to the campaign but tougher challenges lay ahead.
St Mary’s Rathfarnham were always going to be the most difficult team to face in the group. This proved to be the case when both sides met in a sun-drenched Hermitage Park. Ballyroan battled hard but were no match for the pace and fervour of the St Mary’s team (who contested this year’s Corn Kitterick Final!)
Our final group game saw us lose out to Scoil Lorcáin by four points. Missing a number of key players, Ballyroan fought hard but were narrowly beaten. And so, after an exciting and character building group stage, Ballyroan would enter the Sciath Kitterick quarter to play Marino C.B.S.
Marino C.B.S. were welcomed to Sancta Maria on a fresh autumn Thursday evening and a hard fought contest ensued between both teams. Training had upped a notch in the two weeks the boys had to prepare for the game. Coming into form, the Ballyroan Boys lay the foundations for an excellent win with excellent first half performance. Up next would be our local neighbours – St Pius X Terenure in the semi-final in Tymon Park!
Played in greasy underfoot conditions, on a full size pitch in Tymon Park, the semi-final was always going to be an anxious and tight affair. At half time, despite playing some fantastic football, Ballyroan trailed a fit and strong Pius team. Some stern words from Mr Furlong and Mr Murphy proved to be the tonic the boys needed as the second half saw us play some of our best football of the year – eventually prevailing by two goals. The boys were delighted with the win and are very excited about their trip to Croker.