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ITB Men's GAA Team win 2013 Trench Cup

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2/25/2013 4:51:18 PM


Congratulations to the ITB Senior Men’s GAA team and their mentor’s Graham Gerathy (Manager) and Val Andrews (trainer/selector) on their fantastic Trench Cup Victory on Saturday 23rd Feb 2013.
The team travelled down to Athlone on Friday morning last hoping to overcome the semi-final hurdle that was John Moores University, Liverpool( British winners and last year’s finalists). They overcame this challenge on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-06 with the goal coming from Leitrim’s Ciaran Gilheaney with excellent support in the forward line by Oisin O Connell (Cavan) and Adam Caffrey (Dublin) and some excellent defending from the likes of John Meehan and Eoghan O Connell. Goalkeeper Mark Ferguson also made a massive contribution to the victory by saving a penalty. Unfortunately early in the second half ITB lost the services of centre half forward Eoghan Mac Philips with a shoulder injury and this injury was to rule him out of the final on Saturday against the might of St. Pats Drumcondra.
St. Pats having won the Trench Cup twice in the last five years went into the final as 4/5 favourites with Paddy Power bookmakers.



ITB, with the words of Graham Gerathy and Val Andrews ringing in their ears, made a blistering start racing into a 5 points to 1 lead but St. Pats came back before the break to cut the half time deficit to just a single point.

Again ITB made an impressive start in the second half  with a 5 point lead thanks to scores from Robert Mc Carty who finished with a total of 6 points and Man of the Match Donal Lenihan (Dunboyne GAA) who finished the match with 5 points. Again St. Pats made a gallant attempt to reduce the deficit and had it down to a single point when time ran out for them.

Eoin Woods (St Colmcilles’ Meath) lifted the cup for ITB making history for the college by winning the Trench Cup for the very first time on a final score of 0-11 to 0-10.
The ITB team were well supported below by both parents of the players and by staff of the college who travelled down to support their students and this was very much appreciated by the team and mentors.



This victory completes an historic Double for ITB who in the past few months have won both the Division 2 league and now the Trench Cup, ITB can now proudly take their place among the GAA colleges elite in the Division 1 league and Sigerson Cup next season.

ITB Senior GAA Squad (Trench Cup Winners 2013):
Mark Ferguson, Eoghan O Connell, Conor Mc Gill, John Meehan, Craig Wilson, Eoin Woods(captain), Shane Sweeney, John Comerford, Eoghan Mc Nutt, Adam Caffrey, Eoghan Mac Philips, Fiach Andrews, Oisin O Connell, Robert Mc Carthy, Donal Lenihan, Ciaran Gilheaney, Ferghal Delaney, Keith Traynor, Brendan Bentley, David Slattery, Cormac Noone, Sean Donoughue, Killian Mc Aviney, Ronan Hayes, Kevin O Donoghue, John Mc Carron, Lee Johnson, Kevin Martin and Jamie O Donnell



Video of presentation & celebrations (Courtesy: HEGAA TV)


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