Heywood 4-9 St. Colmcille’s CS (Dublin) 3-9
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Heywood have an U-14 Leinster final to prepare for after they defeated Dublin champions St Colmcille’s of Knocklyon by three points in Leixlip this afternoon.
Timahoe forward Conor Fitzpatrick was the star of the show as his hat-trick proved crucial in the win this afternoon.
There were great performances all over the field for Heywood with centre back Patrick Whelan and wing forward Darren Mulhall controlling matters throughout.
Heywood were nine points up at half time but the Dublin school from Knocklyon launched a comeback in the second half which ultimately just fell short.
Heywood defeated fellow Laois side Mountrath to win the North Leinster title back in December but the almost three month wait to play this game didn’t seem to affect them as they flew out of the traps.
Conor Fitzpatrick bagged two goals in the first half while Ballyroan-Abbey’s Liam Kavanagh also found the net.
St Colmcille’s responded with a goal but points from Darren Mulhall, Kavanagh, Mikey Fleming and Colin Byrne helped Heywood to a 3-7 to 1-4 lead at half time.
St Colmcille’s were not going down without a fight though and they scored two more goals in the second period to come right back at Heywood.
However, the Laois side kept their composure and when Conor Fitzpatrick completed his hat-trick, it gave them breathing space again.
They prevailed by three points and now have a Leinster final to look forward to.
This win continues the great form being shown by a number of Laois schools this year.
Portlaoise CBS reached both the senior and U-16 South Leinster finals this year. They lost the senior to Tullamore last week while the U-16 decided is due to be played next week.
Meanwhile, Knockbeg captured the South Leinster and Leinster ‘A’ U-16 football titles in recent weeks. They now have an All-Ireland semi final to look forward to tomorrow.
SCORERS – HEYWOOD: Conor Fitzpatrick 3-0, Liam Kavanagh 1-2, Darren Mulhall 0-4, Colin Byrne 0-2, Mikey Fleming 0-1
HEYWOOD CS: Liam Kehoe (Spink); Dara Phelan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Ben O’Dea (Ballyroan-Abbey), Jack McMahon (Ballyroan-Abbey); Luke O’Reilly (Spink), Patrick Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Ethan Drury (Spink); Eric Smith (Spink), Ryan Quinlan (Spink); Darren Mulhall (Ballyroan-Abbey), Liam Kavanagh (Ballyroan-Abbey), Colin Byrne (Ballyroan-Abbey); Conor Fitzpatrick (Timahoe), Killian Byrne (Ballyroan-Abbey), Mikey Fleming (Spink). Subs: Fionn Delaney (Ballyroan-Abbey) for Fleming, Sean Devitt (Portlaoise) for K Byrne, Tadgh Dineen (St Joseph’s) for Drury, Jamie Gorman (Spink) for C Byrne
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