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Profiled: The Knockbeg U-16 football team vying for All-Ireland glory

Brought to you in association with Cllr Ben Brennan

There could be an All-Ireland title on its way back to Laois on Saturday evening

The Knockbeg U-16 footballers are in an All-Ireland ‘A’ Colleges football final against St. Colman’s College Newry of Down.

The side, managed by Laois senior football captain Stephen Attride and Athy native Conor Ronan, have gone on a remarkable run this year.

After losing Round 1 of the South Leinster championship to St Peter’s in Wexford by nine points, the lads regrouped to come back and reach the South Leinster decider against the same opponents.

But this time Knockbeg were different and they built up a first half lead thanks to an Oisin Byrne goal and won by 1-14 to 0-7 in the end to be crowned champions.

Dublin champions Colaiste Eoin fell to Knockbeg in the Leinster semi final and they then claimed their second trophy of the year by defeating Martist of Athlone in the Leinster final – standing firm through seven minutes of injury time to win – 3-10 to 4-6. 

Kerry and Munster champions IS Killorglin were up next for this young Knockbeg side where once again they showed incredible resolve to win 1-15 to 2-8. 

There are 36 players on the Knockbeg panel and ahead of Saturday’s final, we have profiled all of the players below:

Sean Dollard

Name: Sean Dollard
Club: Killeshin
Position: Goalkeeper
School Year: Transition Year

Jamie Kelly

Name: Jamie Kelly
Club: St Joseph’s
Position: Corner Back
School Year: Fifth Year

Orrie Doran

Name: Orrie Doran
Club: Killeshin
Position: Full Back
School Year: Transition Year

Name: Brendan McDonald
Club: Killeshin
Position: Corner Back
School Year: Transition Year

Tomas Byrne

Name: Tomas Byrne
Club: St Joseph’s
Position: Wing Back
School Year: Third Year

Ben Crotty

Name: Ben Crotty
Club: Eire Og (Carlow)
Position: Centre Back
School Year: Transition Year

Shane Buggy

Name: Shane Buggy
Club: Eire Og (Carlow)
Position: Wing Back
School Year: Transition Year

Ian Shanahan

Name: Ian Shanahan
Club: St Joseph’s
Position: Midfield
School Year: Transition Year

Ciaran Burke

Name: Ciaran Burke
Club: Crettyard
Position: Midfield
Club: Crettyard

Oisin Hooney

Name: Oisin Hooney
Club: St Joseph’s
Position: Wing Forward
School Year: Third Year

Colin Dunne

Name: Colin Dunne
Club: Arles-Killeen
Position: Centre Forward
School Year: Third Year

Oisin Doyle

Name: Oisin Doyle
Club: Clonmore (Carlow)
Position: Wing Forward
School Year: Third Year

Fionn Bergin

Name: Fionn Bergin
Club: Grangenolvin (Kildare)
Position: Corner Forward
School Year: Transition Year

Oisin Byrne

Name: Oisin Byrne
Club: Arles-Killeen
Position: Full Forward
School Year: Transition Year

Bryan McMahon

Name: Bryan McMahon
Club: Palatine (Carlow)
Position: Corner Forward
School Year: Transition Year

Jesse McEvoy

Name: Jesse McEvoy
Club: Ballylinan
Position: Wing Back
School Year: Second Year

Oisin Nolan

Name: Oisin Nolan
Club: Castledermot (Kildare)
Position: Wing Back
School Year: Third Year

Conall Bergin

Name: Conall Bergin
Club: Grangenolvin (Kildare)
Position: Corner Forward
School Year: Second Year

Michael Hosey

Name: Michael Hosey
Club: Tinryland (Carlow)
Position: Corner Forward
School Year: Transition Year

TJ Burke

Name: TJ Burke
Club: Barrowhouse
Position: Wing Forward
School Year: Transition Year

Jake Dore

Name: Jake Dore
Club: St Patrick’s (Carlow)
Position: Midfield
School Year: Transition Year

Daire Brophy

Name: Daire Brophy
Club: Tinryland (Carlow)
Position: Full Back
School Year: Transition Year

Darragh Murphy

Name: Darragh Murphy
Club: Arles-Kilcruise
Position: Midfield
School Year: Transition Year

Adam Daey

Name: Adam Daey
Club: Clonmore (Carlow)
Position: Full Back
School Year: Third Year

Rory Lawlor

Name: Rory Lawlor
Club: Annanough
Position: Full Back
School Year: Third Year

Joe Morrin

Name: Joe Morrin
Club: St Joseph’s
Position: Corner Back
School Year: Third Year

Michael Wall

Name: Michael Wall
Club: Arles-Killeen
Position: Corner Back
School Year: Third Year

Kevin Lambe

Name: Kevin Lambe
Club: Arles-Killeen
Position: Wing Forward
School Year: Transition Year

Brian O’Sullivan

Name: Brian O’Sullivan
Club: Crettyard
Position: Corner Back
School Year: Transition Year

Sean Tuomey

Name: Sean Tuomey
Club: Barrowhouse
Position: Wing Back
School Year: Transition Year

Karl O’Hara

Name: Karl O’Hara
Club: Palatine (Carlow)
Position: Wing Back
School Year: Third Year

Oisin O’Reilly

Name: Oisin O’Reilly
Club: Graiguecullen
Position: Wing Back
School Year: Transition Year

Adam Fennelly

Name: Adam Fennelly
Club: Tinryland (Carlow)
Position: Corner Back
School Year: Transition Year

Michael Downey

Name: Micheal Downey
Club: Ballylinan
Position: Corner Forward
School Year: Third Year

Lee Byrne

Name: Lee Byrne
Club: Graiguecullen
Position: Goalkeeper
School Year: Third Year

Lee Shannon

Name: Lee Shannon
Club: Palatine (Carlow)
Position: Full Forward
School Year: Second Year

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