Coopers star as Marist College claim title

Brothers Kevin and Brian Cooper were the heroes as Marist College bridged a 35-year gap to capture the Connacht Schools Senior Cup at the Sportsground yesterday.

Sligo needed a good start and almost got it but Colm Egan, younger brother of Westlife’s Cian, was narrowly off target with a penalty from 43 metres into the wind.

Marist pressure quickly yielded results with Brian Cooper scoring after 11 minutes.

Ben Carty was off target with the conversion. Seven minutes from the break Kevin Cooper finished off a good move for a second try, converted by Carty to make it 12-0.

The Marist defence was excellent as they dealt with the waves of Sligo attacks during the second half with skipper Robbie Henshaw providing guidance as they held firm to secure the Connacht crown.

MARIST COLLEGE, ATHLONE: C Seery; H Hughes, R Henshaw, R Sheridan, E O’Reilly; B Carty, R Ashe; B Teape, E Kelly, S Meunargia; N Carr (S Dempsey, 42), C White; D Lynch (S Chitsatso, 63), B Cooper, K Cooper.

SLIGO GRAMMAR SCHOOL: C Egan; D Higgins, J McGoldrick (P Deering, 42), M Martin, C Cooper; M Green (P Maloney, 38), E Gavin; E Kilroy, Martin Davey, Matthew Davey; R Hehir (P Britten, 42); D O’Dowd-Hill; S Boyle, S Mullaney, T Ferrari.

Referee: D Collins (CBIRFU).

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

O'Gara: I will be in France for a good few years yet

Patient Ian Madigan weighing up future options

Auckland mates become centre of attention for Thomond Park derby

Bandon Grammar School face tough Rockwell test in Munster Schools Senior Cup

You might also like

Breaking Stories

Leinster begin recovery from European disappointments with dull derby win

Larry Kavanagh believes current Nemo crop as good as any before

The 10 consecutive goals Jamie Vardy has scored as he tries to set a new record

FIFA still haven’t cleared Jack Grealish to play for England


5 tips for a seamless desk-to-dance floor transformation this festive season

Celebrate like a Kardashian this Christmas with these party tips

Ask Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for years

More From The Irish Examiner