Brought to you in association with Cllr Ben Brennan
There could be an U16 All-Ireland title on its way back to Laois this 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.
Manager Attride spoke about the journey his team have been on this season.
He said: “It has been a remarkable journey as we started off at a low point down to St. Peter’s of Wexford.
“Our discipline cost us that day and a few silly decisions but since that day its been a remarkable turn around and we’ve grown in every game both in terms of skill and our game plan.”
The Paul McGirr Cup final will throw in at 2pm in Kinnegad and we are here to cover all of the action as it happens.