MSL Grange Motors sponsored Wicklow Post Primary Schools footballers continued their preparations for their imminent Leinster ‘A’ Schools Championship opener versus Dundalk schools, which is in exactly 4 weeks on December 2nd in Pearse Park, Arklow.
Wicklow Schools traveled to St. Benildus College, Stillorgan to play a challenge game against the traditionally very strong South Dublin side. It turned out on this occasion there is no abating in the strength in depth of the Kilmacud Crokes and Ballinteer St. John backed St. Benildus team. The game was played on an impressive all weather pitch, which was an absolute treat this time of year and resulted in a very fast game of high intensity. Wicklow schools struggled to cope with the physical power of the South Dublin team and conceded the early initiative. Very quickly Wicklow schools were behind on a scoreline of 1-3 to 0, before they got up to speed with the off the shoulder running of the Dublin side. However, after Wicklow Schools drew breath they managed to come back into the game with some direct running and drew many converted free kicks. The scoreline remained on 1-3 to 0-4 before St. Benildus pulled away, to lead on a half time score of 1-7 to 0-4. Things did not get any better in the second half for Wicklow Schools as St. Benildus ran in their replacements which improved their team and showed their strength in depth. The game finished with a 10 minute purple patch for Wicklow Schools, however desperation to try and make an impression on the scoreboard, with particular focus on trying to score a goal was all in vain. The game finished on an obviously disappointing scoreline of 2-14 to 0-6. Our players were very disheartened with their performance especially after a run of 4 recent wins, however on the positive side our players and management have been reminded of the level the top teams in this competition are competing at and how prepared we as a group need to be in December. Their was some strong performances from Conor Byrne, Saoirse Kearnan (Avondale CC), Jack Bellamy (Coaliste Craobh Abhain) and man of the match Thomas Kearns (Coláiste Craobh Abhain). Many thanks to St. Benildus for their hospitality and we look forward to our next meeting.