Wednesday October 17th – U/14 Football League Round 5
On a windy day in St. Benildus’ Astro Turf pitch Ard Scoil played St. Benildus. The winner took a spot in the Under 14 A Semi Final.
Ard Scoil started well with very good play leading to a free scored by James Brady. Ard Scoil’s defence started very well, forcing Benildus to kick 4 wides in a row but they followed up with a well earned point scored by Lennon Gill. St Benildus went on to score another point kicked by Dylan Bannon. Oisin McHugh for Benildus went on to score a beautiful point moments later. Ard Scoil pushed forward and got a free but it was unluckily missed by James Brady. Michael O’ Rowe was having a stormer, winning every ball against his man and causing the Benildus defence problems. He went on a solo run and he laid the ball off to Diarmuid Comiskey who put it over the bar. Ard Scoil continued pushing forward but missed a few easy shots. The Ard Scoil full back line were very good, winning everything which gave the forwards confidence. This led to a well worked goal for Ard Scoil scored by Donagh Fay. Ciaran Stacey and James Brady were linking up very well in the full forward line but just couldn’t manage to score from play. Benildus went through a dry spell but Niall O’ Mahony finally put his team’s 4th point on the board. Michael O’ Rowe won the Benildus kickout and scored an unbelievable top corner goal to put Ard scoil 2-2 to 0-4 up. Kevin Moran won the next kickout and put it into the square where Donagh Fay was waiting and he fisted the ball into the goal. Donagh Fay scored another point before Benildus went up the pitch and Lennon Gill put it over. Benildus pushed up and Lennon Gill scored a goal before Ard Scoil quickly responded with a point from Ciaran Stacey. Seamus McGovern, Ard Scoil’s keeper made an unbelievable save before Ard Scoil pushed up the field and Ben Gaughran put the ball over the bar. St. Benildus quickly responded and Mark Erdis put the ball over the bar for Benildus from a very tight angle. Ard Scoil pushed on again and James Brady slotted a very good goal away to put Ard scoil 7 points up. Shortly before the half time whistle Benildus’s Oisin McHugh put a point over.
Ardscoil led by 4-6 to 1-8 at half time.Benildus were very much still in the game at half time but Ard scoil were in the driving seat with a 7 point lead.
Benildus started off the second half well with a point coming straight from the throw in scored by Lennon Gill followed by a point from Niall O’Mahony. The Benildus forwards kept pushing on which led to nice goal scored again by Niall O’Mahony to reduce the gap to 3. Kevin Moran won a free which James Brady took and scored a goal from. Benildus pushed on and Lennon Gill slotted over another point. Kevin Moran won another kickout before hand passing the ball to Ben Gaughran, who slotted it over the bar. James Brady was taking on and beating his man every time which led to another well worked point scored by Ben Gaughran. Calum Daly replaced Diarmuid Comiskey 10 minutes into the second half while Johnny Robinson was playing very well giving his man little of the ball The game went through a dry spell before Niall Sinclair of Benildus scored a rocket of a goal. Seamus McGovern made another great stop to keep Ard Scoil in the lead. Soon after Benildus scored another point to make it level before James Brady scored another goal for Ard Scoil. Soon after Ben Gaughran was taken down by the keeper in the square which resulted in an unbelievable finish from the penalty spot from Michael O’Rowe. Ciaran Stacey scored another point for Ard Scoil to increase their lead to 7. Moments later James Brady scored a very good point from a nice solo run before setting up a top corner goal for Graham Lowry. Benildus never gave up and Cian Dawson scored a point late on. Johnny Robinson was replaced by Joe Gunnigan. Eoin Cullen was replaced by Ryan Murphy and Ciaran Stacey was replaced by Matt O’ Donnell with just a few minutes left on the clock.
The game finished 8-7 to 3-14 Ard scoil.
Graham Lowry, Kevin Moran, Ben Gaughran and James Brady were very good for Ard Scoil but James Brady got man of the match with an impressive 3-3.
Report by Aaron Nolan, TY
Tuesday 16th October – Maths Week Update
Monday October 15th – Golf Update
The school golf team are currently top of the league in the Leinster section of the Schools Golf League. We defeated St Fintans, Sutton in the last match. The four players representing the school in the match were Dean Russell, Sean Stafford, David O’ Sullivan and Colm O’Brien. The School is due to play Belvedere on Tuesday 23rd of October in Royal Dublin.
October 12th – U/14 Football League Round 4
Ardscoil Ris 4-08
St. Fintans 3-15
The game got under way at 2 p.m. and St. Fintans won the throw in. They clipped over two early scores which set the tone for a dominant first 10 minutes from the away team. Fintans kept chipping over points while Ardscoil struggled to win their own kickouts. The score was at 1-6 to 0-1 when Ardscoil caught a lucky break when the goal keeper came off his line and left midfielder Eric Lambert with an empty net to shoot into to bring Ardscoil back into the game. Fintans kept the pressure on Ardscoil and deservedly put another one in the back of the net shortly afterward. Ardscoil kept going however and caught Fintans on the break and salvaged a goal which left the score 2-10 to 2-3 going into the last few minutes of the first half. Ardscoil then kicked over 2 good scores which left the score at half time St Fintans 2-10 Ardscoil Ris 2-5.
Ardscoil would be happy to be only 5 down after a poor first half. Ardscoil came out all guns blazing in the second half and managed to put Fintans under fierce pressure in the early stages of the second half. Ris scored two points without reply to make the score Ardscoil 2-7 Fintans 2-10. Fintans then scored two without reply to put five between the teams again. Then Ardscoil netted a humdinger from the 21 yard line into the left top corner. Another point followed to leave one between the teams but Ardscoil began to tire and couldn’t bring it level which led Fintans getting back on top. Another goal by Ciaran Stacey kept Ardscoil in it but Fintans were still a point up when a spill from the Ardscoil goal keeper led Fintans to another goal and a deserved win. The final score was St Fintans 3-15 Ardscoil Ris 4-8.
Report by Aaron Dunne, TY
Tuesday October 9th – U/18 Hurling League Round 3
Ardscoil Ris 3-14
St. Benildus 1-09
On Tuesday the 9th of October Ard Scoil faced St. Benildus in Alfie Byrne Park.
Thursday October 4th – First Year Hurling League – Round 1
Ard Scoil responded to Fintans well worked point by scoring a beautifully crafted goal scored by Alfie O Driscoll. Fintans pushed up but the Ard Scoil full back line duo of Leo Sweeney and Ruiri Barclay were cleaning up any ball near them. Ard Scoil pushed on and scored another goal from George Stevens. A mistake from the defense gifted Fintans their first goal of the game. They followed up straight away by winning a puck out and putting the sliotar straight over the black spot. They seemed to be switching on as they scored another point moments later. Soon after they scored another two points. After a really long dry spell Ard Scoil finally responded after a nice point. The game ended Ard scoil 5-6 to Fintans 2-7.
The Ard Scoil man of the match award was split between Cillian Cummins and Ryan Murphy.
Report: Aaron Nolan Transition Year
Wednesday September 26th – First Year Hurling Blitz
On Wednesday 26th September the First years took part in a blitz in St. Annes park with St. Fintans and St. Aidans. Each school fielded three teams with a TY student in charge of each team. The matches began at 10 a.m. and each game lasted 20 minutes. All three Ardscoil teams won their first games with a lot of players standing out and showing their skills early int he tournament.
In the second round of games 2 of the 3 Ardscoil teams were victorious. One team, led by Conor Kelly, won their game by 14-03 to 4-03!! The team that lost went down by a score of 1-10 to 1-06.
In one of the third round games two Ardscoil teams plauyed each other with Aaron Dunne’s team defeateing Joe Cherry’s. The third team lost to St. Fintans.
Team 1 won all their games and played St. Aidans in the final in a game that Aidan’s won by two points. Overall it was a grreat day for the First years in their first games for their new school.
Report by Jamie Hynes, TY – For pictures click on School Updates>Latest Photos
Monday October 1st – U/16 Hurling League Round 2
The U16s had a huge win, 7-19 to 1-9, against St. Aidans and have now qualified for the semi finals. Congratulations to the team and their managers Mr. Mahony and Mr. Craven.
Monday October 1st – Message for parents
The Parents Council meets at 7 p.m. on Monday 1st October to elect representatives to the new school Board of Management. All parents are welcome. On Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30 p.m. there will be an information meeting regarding the CAO process, which deals with all aspects of applying to college. All 6th Year parents are welcome on the evening.
Thursday September 27th – Dublin Phoenix Park Athletics Meeting
1st Year Race (250 participants)
Lee Bohan – 41st
Dan Dunne – 59th
Alfie O’Driscoll – 64th
2nd Year Race – (200 Participants)
Ronan O’Donohoe – 14th
Eoin Ferguson – 18th
Sam Warren – 28th
Thursday September 27th – U/18 League Round 2
Ardscoil Ris 3-17
St. Fintans 1-16
We played our second game of the U18 Hurling championship against St Fintans of Sutton on Thursday. Ardscoil got off to a great start with a quick goal by Liam McGovern. Fintans respponded with a point from long range. A goal chance for Fintans was denied by a great Neil Currie save. Ardscoil‘s full back line kept out all of the danger around the square with Andrew Gilroy catching everything. Liam McGovern broke a run of wides with a free in front of goal. Fintans kept Ardscoil’s backs on their toes with a number points in without reply. A great score by Paddy McCaw lifted spirits after a shortage of scores by Ardscoil. A great run through the middle by Mark Sweeney resulted in a Senan Hession point. Liam McGovern scored another free to keep the score board ticking over. A goal by St.Fintans put the pressure back on Ardscoil. A Senan Hession goal opened up a gap between the two teams. The half time score was 2-9 to 1-9 to Ardscoil.
Ardscoil started well in the second half when a great ball by Rory O’Neill resulted in a Senan Hession point. Ardscoil kept Fintans quiet by scoring 3 great points in a row. Goal keeper Neil Currie stood over a free in his own half and scored a great goal from it. Conor O’Brien at center back kept the back line together by catching everything in his area. Good build up play by Fintans resulted in a save by Neil Currie. Liam McGovern finished the scoring with another point giving Ardscoil a 7 point victory. Rory O’Neill earned himself the man of the match on the day with a fine display although Mark Higgins wasn’t far behind him. A promising start from our U18 hurlers with maximum points from our 2 games.
Ard Scoil Rís: 1. Neil Currie 2. Mark Higgins 3. Andrew Gilroy 4. Cian Nolan 5. Eamon Potter 6. Conor O’Brien 7. Joey O’Connell 8. Mark L’Estrange 9. Mark Sweeney 10. Shane O’Leary 11. David O’Sullivan 12. Paddy McCaw 13. Senan Hession 14. Liam McGovern 15. Rory O’Neil. Subs used: Diarmud Clerkin
Report by Euan Maguire
Stats by Aaron Nolan
Picture by Colin Sweeney and Conor Lyons
Friday September 21st – U/18 Hurling League Round 1
Full time score:
Ard Scoil Rís: 4-17
St Aidans: 4-9
The first game of the U18 Hurling championship took place on Friday v St Aidans. Ardscoil got off to a great start with two quick goals by Liam McGovern and David O’Sullivan. They kept the score board ticking over with Shane O’Leary scoring two points and Liam McGovern and David O’Sullivan both scoring one each. Andrew Gilroy kept the St. Aidan’s full forward line at bay sweeping up everything that dropped in. Aidan’s only response was by scoring through long distance frees. Ardscoil pulled away even more when a great bit of play from Tommy O’Brien led to a Mark Sweeney goal. Aidan’s slowly clawed their way back with a goal from long range. Ardscoil kept their cool and put on a show with some champagne hurling. Neil Currie hit a monstrous free from within his own half and put it straight over the black spot. The half time score was 3-11 to 1-6 for Ardscoil. Aidan’s started the second half strongly with a goal chance saved off the line by Tommy O’Brien. Ardscoil proved relentless as Aidan’s corner forward screamed at one point `I’m sick of this game’!! Aidan’s improved on their good second half start with a mesmerizing goal. Ardscoil pulled a head with another goal scored by Shane O’Leary. A great run by Mark Sweeney resulted in a save by the Aidan’s keeper and an Ardscoil 65. A mistake by our backs was crucial as Aidan’s scored another goal. Aidan’s dominated this section of the second half, scoring several times without reply. Shane O’Leary scored another superb point and with that a man of the match performance. A great bit of play from Liam McGovern with a no look pass to Shane O’Leary proved how comfortable Ardscoil were in the closing stages of the game. A great save by Neil Currie in the last play sealed the game for Ardscoil with a final score of 4-17 to 4-9.
Report and pictures by Transition Year students Euan Maguire, Matthew Howard and Conor Baldwin.