By Eoghan Cormican
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-10 St Francis College, Rochestown 0-10
Tour-de-force performances from Tom Ó Súilleabháin and Cathal Ó Bambaire secured a fourth consecutive Corn Úi Mhuirí crown for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne this afternoon.
It was further heartbreak for the vanquished St Francis College, Rochestown. The three-point defeat represented their second Munster final loss in the space of a fortnight, having come up short against Thurles CBS in the Harty Cup decider.
Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh pounced for the only goal of the contest after seven minutes and it was a lead they would never relinquish thereafter.
Shane Kingston and Ciaran Cormack were on the mark for Rochestown approaching the break, Liam Ó Murchú’s side trailing 1-3 to 0-4 at the interval.
Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh and Cathal Ó Bambaire split the posts for the reigning champions early upon the change of ends, but their march to victory was halted by three on the hop from Roco – Cormack, Kingston and Liam Dineen on target.
Rochestown were unable to hit the front and Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne made the decisive break through the left boot of Tom Ó Súilleabháin to secure the four-in-a-row.
Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: C Ó Géibheannaigh (1-3, 0-2 frees); T Ó Súilleabháin, C Ó Bambaire (0-3 each); M Ó Conchúir (0-1).
Scorers for St Francis College, Rochestown: S Kingston (0-2 frees, 0-1 ’45), C Cormack (0-3 each); E Ryle, K O’Donovan, C Sheehan, L Dineen (0-1 each).
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: L De Bhailís (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis), T Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis), C Ó Murchú (An Ghaeltacht); A Ó Conchúir (Daingean Uí Chúis), B Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); M Ó Conchúir (Daingean Uí Chúis), P Mac An tSíthigh (An Ghaeltacht); M Ó Gormáin (An Ghaeltacht), S Ó Gairbhia (An Ghaeltacht), G H Ó Brosnacháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Bambaire (Daingean Uí Chúis), S Ó Muircheartaigh (An Ghaeltacht), C Ó Géibheannaigh (Daingean Uí Chúis).
Subs: PJ Mac Láimh (An Ghaeltacht) for Ó Brosnacháin (HT), BS Mac an Bhradáin (Rinn Mhaoil, Gaillimh) for Ó Muircheartaigh (57), T Mac An tSíthigh for Ó Bambaire (bc, 60).
St Francis College, Rochestown: P Lynch (St Michael’s); K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), N Quirke (Carrigaline), D Murphy (Douglas); A Geaney (Douglas), D Griffin (Carrigaline), S Powter (Douglas); E O’Brien (Douglas), E Ryle (Carrigaline); L Dineen (Douglas), D Meaney (St Michael’s), L O’Sullivan (St Michael’s); M McAuliffe (Douglas), C Cormack (St Michael’s), S Kingston (Douglas)
Subs: C Sheehan (Douglas) for O’Sullivan (52 mins), D Stack (Carrigaline) for Murphy (52)
Referee: R Hickey (Clare).