Lidl All-Ireland PPS final previews: Kerry schools stand in the way of Loreto Cavan & Coláiste Bhaile Chláir double dreams

Friday April 20 2018

Lidl All Ireland Post Primary School Junior A Final – (Result on the Day)

Loreto, Cavan v Intermediate School, Killorglin, Kerry; 1.00pm, Banagher, Offaly.


Loreto, Cavan, are hoping to emulate the exploits of Limerick’s John The Baptist in 2017 by landing a Lidl PPS All-Ireland senior A and junior A double.

They completed the first half of that goal last Saturday by seeing off the challenge of Clonmel namesakes Loreto in the senior A decider.

And Loreto’s junior A side can call upon a number of players who were involved in that success for their showdown with Intermediate School, Killorglin, Kerry.

Muireann Smith, junior A captain Elaine Brady, Darcy Beck, Ally Cahill and Áine Reilly all started for the senior A team, with Aisling Walls, Olivia Murphy and Lorna O’Reilly used off the bench.

With that feel-good factor carrying over into the junior A decider in Banagher, Loreto will present formidable opposition.

But they’ll get nothing easy from an impressive ISK outfit, who collected 20-44 en route to winning the Munster championship.

ISK defeated Loreto Clonmel in the provincial decider, with Rachel Evans and Cora Joy scoring the crucial goals, while Roisin Griffin also impressed from play and on placed balls.

In their All-Ireland semi-final, ISK powered past the challenge of Loreto Navan (Meath), claiming a 3-13 to 3-7 win.

Having scalped Loreto sides in their last two games, ISK will now hope to complete a Loreto ‘hat-trick’ – and take home the All-Ireland title.

But Loreto Cavan are another free-scoring outfit, collecting 16-41 in the Ulster championship before slotting 6-9 past Galway’s Presentation Tuam in the All-Ireland semi-final.

The aforementioned senior players are stars to watch for the Loreto Junior As while ISK will look to the likes of Róisín Griffin, captain Cora Joy, Fodhla Houlihan and Mairín Duffy for attacking inspiration.



Saturday April 21 2018

Lidl All Ireland Post Primary School Junior B Final – (Result on the Day)

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway, Galway v St Brigid’s, Kllarney, Kerry; 1.00pm, Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale,


Coláiste Bhaile Chláir from Claregalway in county Galway are another school with a Lidl PPS All-Ireland senior and junior double on their minds.

Last Saturday in Kinnegad, their senior C outfit put seven goals past Scoil Mhuire, Trim, to complete one half of what they hope is a glorious brace.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir have Galway seniors Sarah Conneally, Fabienne Cooney and Lisa Gannon heavily involved in their coaching set-up and that expertise is bearing fruit with some fine displays.

Ava Murray will keep goal for the junior B side again, as she did last weekend, while Megan Flaherty, Laura Flynn, Kiara Kearney, Niamh McGrath, Shannon O’Connell, Chellene Trill (junior B captain), Sinéad Donovan, Kate Slevin, Eimear Mitchell and Shauna Brennan were all involved in the senior C win.

It’s a strong core group of players that will take to the field at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, on Saturday afternoon for a 1pm start and it’s going to require a big effort from St Brigid’s, Killarney, to stop Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.

But St Brigid’s are an impressive team and en route to winning the Munster title, they scored 18-46.

However, they were pushed all the way by Eureka, Kells (Meath) in the All-Ireland semi-final, before edging home on a 1-6 to 1-5 scoreline.

Just like their senior C counterparts, meanwhile, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir’s junior Bs have been scoring freely throughout the competition.

They stormed through the Connacht championship but St Catherine’s, Armagh, gave them a real fright in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir ran out 4-11 to 4-9 winners in that game are now just a possible 60 minutes away from emulating the feats of their all-conquering senior C team.

St Brigid’s stand in their way and with class forwards like captain Anna Clifford and Ciara Randles to call upon, this final has the makings of a cracker.


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