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SRC's Boys Team from Newry Campus recently won the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final in Mallow, County Cork. 

The boys beat Mary Immaculate College Thurles SRC 4-15 Mary Immaculate College 1-06. 

The SRC squad celebrate with the cup after the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final match between Southern Regional College and Mary Immaculate College, Thurles, at Mallow GAA Sports Comlpex in Cork. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
The SRC squad celebrate with the cup after the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final match between Southern Regional College and Mary Immaculate College, Thurles, at Mallow GAA Sports Comlpex in Cork. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

The fantastic win follows a great semi-final win against Monaghan Institute and is the culmination of a great campaign, masterminded by coaches Stephen Ferris and Rory McGreevy and spearheaded by Captain, Dylan McKenna. Dean Rice was awarded Player of the Match after the game. This is the first time the college have played Higher Education football in 4 years and it is their first All Ireland win in 6 years.

 SRC captain Dylan McKenna lifts the cup after the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
SRC captain Dylan McKenna lifts the cup after the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Having lost the toss the SRC men were playing against a gale force breeze in the first half against a strong MIC Thurles team. The first ten minutes saw both teams exchanging points but, after great work down the left hand side, the SRC men grabbed a goal through Lyndon Brown.

For the rest of the first half the team fought extremely hard without the ball to stop MIC from taking advantage with the wind and made several key turnovers in dangerous areas. They grabbed two more goals before half time through Ryan McEvoy and Dean Rice to leave the halftime score 3-3 to 0-5.

Dean Rice of SRC with his Player of the Match award. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/ Sportsfile
Dean Rice of SRC with his Player of the Match award. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/ Sportsfile

In the second half with the wind at their backs the team kept working the ball well through the hands into scoring positions and picked off their points to establish a commanding lead. However, MIC hit back with a goal midway through the second half from a rebound after an excellent save from the SRC keeper Locky Leneghan. That was the only score they managed to get in the second half as the SRC defended well and kept the scoreboard ticking over with points.

The men finished the game strong and scored a goal in the last minute through Ryan McEvoy (taking his personal tally to 2-10) to leave the final score, Southern Regional College: 4-16 MIC Thurles 1-5.

SRC goalkeeper Lochlainn Leneghan celebrates with the cup after the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final match between Southern Regional College and Mary Immaculate College, Thurles. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/ Sportsfile
SRC goalkeeper Lochlainn Leneghan celebrates with the cup after the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final match between Southern Regional College and Mary Immaculate College, Thurles. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/ Sportsfile

Brian Doran, SRC Chief Executive congratulated the team “Well to done to our Boy's Gaelic Football team who won the Electric Ireland HE GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais Final. Well done to the boys and to coaches Stephen Ferris and Rory McGreevy, all great ambassadors for SRC!”

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