CSN undo Dingle to set up derby date

Coláiste An Spioraid Naoimh 2-11 Dingle CBS 0-12

The Bishopstown school got the tonic of a goal and a point after 90 seconds the goal after 10 and while the final score would suggest it was all plain sailing after that, it was anything but.

Conceding advantage in height and weight, Dingle recovered superbly to take the lead briefly by the 17th minute.

Forced to line out without two key forwards due to injury, CSN gambled by playing regular goalkeeper Ken O'Halloran at full-forward, and the move worked a treat.

CSN could not have asked for a better start. In a pre-arranged move, they won the throw-in when the tall Denis Crowley tapped down to Michael Shields and his long delivery found O'Halloran, who put Denis Maher in for a goal after just 10 seconds.

But with Eoin MacGearailt giving them a surprise grip at midfield, Dingle came thundering back and by the end of the opening quarter the sides were level at 1-2 to 0-5, the equalising score coming from impressive wing-back Donal O Riain, while MacGearailt contributed three points.

After such a dream start CSN were struggling and it came as no surprise when Dingle took the lead, Cathal Ó Murchú finishing a splendid move with a point.

However, the CSN forwards always had the beating of their men five of the six got on the scoresheet and as Denis Crowley began to power forward from midfield, they gradually took control again and finished the half with three unanswered points to lead 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.

At the change of ends, CSN maintained the pressure and despite goalkeeper Tomas Mac a tSaoir making a magnificent triple save, he couldn't keep out Denis Maher's fisted effort. That goal gave the Bishopstown side a five-point advantage inside two minutes of the restart.

CSN were well in command and after two points were added, the Dingle 'keeper denied Ken O'Halloran a goal, tipping his effort over the bar.

Dingle refused to throw in the towel, and after switching centre-back Liam Ó Dubhain to full-forward, they began to enjoy another great spell.

That yielded three points on the trot, two of them from MacGearailt, and the deficit was down to four by the end of the third quarter.

However, they needed a goal to deny CSN and that never looked likely due to a resolute defence in which Neil Colllins, Eoin Byrne and Mike Power excelled.

CSN now meet sister school Coláiste Chriost Rí and both could also agree to play for the Simcox Cup (Cork colleges SFC title).

Scorers for CSN: D. Maher 2-1; K. O'Halloran 0-4 (0-1 free); R. Kenny 0-3 (0-1 free); E. McCann 0-2; P. Fitzgerald 0-1.

Dingle: E. MacGearailt 0-6 (0-5 frees); D Ó Riain, C. Ó Murchú 0-2 each; T. Ó Ciobhain, C. Ó Suilleabháin 0-1 each.

CSN: A. Seymour; N. Collins, K. O'Driscoll, E. Byrne; M. Power, T. Creed, M. O'Donovan; M. Shields, D. Crowley; R. Kenny, E. McCann, P. Fitzgerald; C. O'Sullivan, K. O'Halloran, D. Maher. Subs: M. Kelleher for O'Sullivan; P. Honohan for Fitzgerald.

DINGLE CBS: T. Mac a tSaoir; P. Ó Dubhain, M. Ó Cinnéide, E. Ó Murchú; D. Ó Sé, L. Ó Dubhain, D. Ó Riain; E. MacGearailt, S. Duignan; T Ó Ciobhain, C. Ó Murchú, Ciaran Ó Suilleabháin; R. Aghas, Cathal Ó Suilleabháin, S Ó Foghlú. Sub: E. Ó Flaharta for (P. Ó Dubhain).

Referee: B. White (Tipperary).

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