Allianz Cumann na mBunscol South Antrim Autumn League finals 2019

The 2019 Allianz Cumann na mBunscol South Antrim Winter Leagues culminated in 10 finals across 5 Divisions late last week, prior to the school holidays. The Leagues, organised throughout Belfast and South Antrim, involved over 1100 Boys and Girls and over 240 games. The games were run off over several weeks. Commenting on the success of the Autumn Leagues, Chairman Seán Mc Manus took time to praise all committee members, their teachers, coaches, the many GAA clubs that offered their facilities however he had a special word of praise for the Gaelfast staff that had assisted throughout. “This year many new primary schools have enrolled and taken part. This is good news for Cumann na mBunscol in Belfast and strengthens provision for primary school children. Together with the ambitious plans of counter parts in Cumann na mBunscol in North and South West Antrim, this heralds an exciting new era for Cumann na mBunscol. With the innovative approach by Gaelfast to creating links in pursuit of an All County, All Codes, All Communities agenda, I firmly believe this is the start of an exciting new chapter for Cumann na mBunscol Aontroma.”

Results

Div 1 Boys St Ita’s 2-5 BPF 3-4
Div 1 Girls St Ita’s 5-8 Holy Trinity 2-4

Div 2 Girls Park Lodge 3-3 CTR 1-5
Div 2 Boys BSD 3-8 CTR 1-6

Div 3 Girls Gaelscoil na bhFál 3-5
Holy Rosary 2-3
Div 3 Boys Gaelscoil na bhFál 5-6
St Clare’s 4-6

Div 4 Girls St Bernard’s 1-9 Bunscoil Bheann Mhadigan 1-2
Div 4 Boys St Bernard’s 0-8 Gaelscoil Éanna 2-1

Div 5 Boys St Mary’s on the Hill 3-4 Scoil an Droichid 1-2

Div 5 Our Lady’s Deanby Gardens 3-5 Gaelscoil Éanna 1-1

Division 1 round up – Páirc Rosa

Rossa Park hosted the Division 1 finals and it turned out to be a great affair with 2 very competitive games played off in from of a lively crowd. St Ita’s contested both finals and travelled in large numbers across town from Carryduff. Local sides Bunscoil Phobal Feirste and Holy Trinity also added a lot of colour to the occasion.

St Ita’s who won the Division 1 Girls final

Div 1 Girls St Ita’s 5-8 Holy Trinity 2-4

A well experienced Holy Trinity settled well in the early exchanges proving they were worthy to many of the favourites tag. St Ita’s soon got up to speed with the game and at the end of the first half both sides found themselves level. The second half started off much like the first however it was St Ita’s to lay siege on the opposition goal. Their sustained pressure paid off with a few early goals. St Ita’s held out from this point and despite a gallant effort by the Holy Trinity girls they secured a memorable victory for their school.

Div 1 Boys St Ita’s 2-5 BPF 3-4

The St Ita’s team boasted some fine victories on their way to the final and arrived en masse as at Rossa Park, not to be outdone a large contingent of Bunscoil Phobal Feirste parents and pupils made sure that both sides were well represented on the hill. A ding-dong battle ensued as both sides exchanged goals and points and were level at the midway point 2-2 to 1-5. The 2nd half was nail-biting and with a minute to go and St Ita’s led by 2 points. However, the Shaw’s Road boys fought to the end were not to be denied as a late goal from Cian Laverty sealed a 3-4 to 2-5 victory for them. Comhghairdeas leo!

Division 2 Páirc Rosa

Div 2 Girls Park Lodge 3-3 CTR 1-5
Div 2 Boys BSD 3-8 CTR 1-6

The Division 2 finals were also hosted at Rossa Park. Once again both games were pulsating end to end affairs. Christ the Redeemer qualified for both finals and were again a credit to their school and teachers that work tirelessly with them. In the first game many neutrals were impressed by the standard of football on display, most specifically from the Park Lodge girls. Not to be outdone Christ the Redeemer girls battled gamely throughout and were very unlucky to end up on the losing side. In the Boys’ final Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh produced a dominant display, carrying on from their many successes last year. Their win sealed their second promotion in successive seasons – another school doing sterling work at this vital point in children’s development. Maith sibh a pháisti!

Division 3 round up hosted at Spórtlann, Coláiste Feirste.

Gaelscoil na bhFál v St Clare’s.
An outstanding display of football from start to finish. Both teams attacked from the first whistle and showed determination and resilience throughout the match. In the end, Gaelscoil na bhFál did just enough to edge the victory.

Holy Rosary v Gaelscoil na bhFál
A back and forth match that was a thrill to watch. Both teams had strong defences and were both determined to win. The girls from both schools put their all into this match and are a credit to themselves, their schools and their families. Gaelscoil na bhFál took the victory in the end against a resilient Holy Rosary team.

Division 4 round up at St Enda’s

Div 4 Girls St Bernard’s 1-9 Bunscoil Bheann Mhadigan 1-2
Div 4 Boys St Bernard’s 0-8 Gaelscoil Éanna 2-1

Congratulations to Mrs McKenna and the St Bernard’s Girls’ Gaelic team who won the girls league! These girls have worked hard over the last few weeks developing new skills and showing them off on the football pitch. They played a great game against Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagain and proved to be the stronger side with a superb score of 1-9 to 1-2.

ST. BERNARD’S DO THE DOUBLE!
Congratulations to our Boys Gaelic team who won the league just before mid-term break. The standard of football from St. Bernard’s and Gaelscoil Éanna was unreal leaving everyone on the edge until the bitter end! With scores were level after full time the winning score wasn’t registered until the final seconds of extra time in this titanic clash, Captain Cathair was more than happy to put the ball over the bar leaving the final score 0.08 to 2.01. All 4 teams in attendance were a credit to their families and schools on what turned out to be an enjoyable day for all.

Division 5 – St Enda’s

Div 5 Boys St Mary’s on the Hill 3-4 Scoil an Droichid 1-2

Div 5 Our Lady’s Deanby Gardens 3-5 Gaelscoil Éanna 1-1

Host school Gaelscoil Éanna’s girls also contested for honours in Division 5 on Finals Day. In the end Our Lady’s proved too strong for them on the day and had former All Ireland Winner Justin Mc Mahon to thank for having them well organised and on top form. In the Boys’ final the sole South Belfast representatives, Scoil an Droichid, made a gallant effort at stopping a North Belfast clean sweep up in Glengormley. Their efforts however were in vain as St Mary’s on the Hill’s quick interplay and spread of scorers meant they took the Division title with them to the Carnmoney Road.    

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