Two goals in a minute by Alan O’Rourke put them on their way and a third by Cathal Keane had them comfortably in front at the break, 3-5 to 0-1.
Ballinspittle made a great effort on the changeover to pull down that massive 12-point lead and a hat-trick of goals by the impressive Sean Óg Gately, all in the space of five minutes, had them back in the game. However, outstanding centre back Donal English steadied the Riverstown side with a brace of points and they finished strongly to take the spoils.
Scorers – Riverstown: A. O’Rourke 2-0; C. Keane 1-0; A. Myers, D. English (0-1 free, 0-1 65), 0-2 each; L. Hackett, A. Brennan (65) 0-1 each.
Ballinspittle: S. Og Gately 3-1; E. Gunning 0-2 (frees); K. Ryan 0-1.
RIVERSTOWN: T. O’Brien; A. Walsh, P. O’Sullivan, E. Gaffey; J. Murphy, D. English, T. O’Brien; S. O’Driscoll, K. Crowley; A. Brennan, L. Hackett, L. Healy; A. Myers, C. Keane, C. Byrne, A. O’Rourke.
BALLINSPITTLE: F. Lordan; S. O’Sullivan, M. O’Donovan, J. Bohan; B. Mulcahy, E. Gunning, T. Keating; B. O’Donovan, K. Collins; N. Mooney, K. Ryan, D. Gunning; S. Óg Gately, C. Galvin, M. Collins.
THE girls made it a great day for the Riverstown schools by hanging on to win the DC 1 final.
The winners looked to be heading for a comfortable victory when they led 4-0 to 0-0 at half time thanks to two goals apiece from Chloe Ahern and Sarah Fahy.
Two more were quickly added on the changeover as Chloe complete her hat-trick. But, from there to the finish, the Ballinspittle girls took over as three goals by Linda Collins and one each by Leah O’Sullivan and Ciara Mulcahy threw the issue wide open. The Riverstown girls were grateful for the final whistle.
Scorers – Riverstown: C. Ahern 3-1; S. Fahy 2-0 (both from 65s); J. Allen 0-1.
Ballinspittle: L. Collins 3-2 (0-1 65); L. O’Sullivan 1-1; C. Mulcahy 1-0.
RIVERSTOWN: E. Gilroy; C. Crowley, N. Connery, K. Marnell; L. Kelly, M. McCarthy, C. Mullane; S. Fahy, L. Burke; J. Allen, L. Allen, H. Herlihy; C. Ahern, A. O’Sullivan, C. McCarthy.
BALLINSPITTLE: S. Minihane; A. Hannon, E. Crowley, S. Keating; R. Collins, C. O’Reilly, R. Murphy; L. Collins, L. O’Sullivan; Eimear O’Reilly, Elaine O’Reilly, F. Moloney; A. Condon, S. O’Callaghan, C. Mulcahy.
APPEARING in only their second final, CBS won the H5 final with a comfortable victory over a game Padre Pio side. The superb hurling of team captain Michael O’Halloran ensured CBS owned midfield and with Colin Browne orchestrating matters in attack, the scores came freely.
Browne grabbed a brace of goals in a minute, and further goals by O’Halloran and Robert Downey had CBS 4-3 in front at half time. The margin would have been far greater but for the brilliance of Conor Magee at full back for Padre Pio.
CBS continued to dictate matters on the change over and in the end ran out convincing winners thanks to the excellence of goalkeeper Conor Andrew and centre back Ben O’Callaghan.
Scorers – CBS: C. Browne 3-2; M. O’Halloran 1-1; R. Downey, D. Synott 1-0 each; B. Linehan, M. Griffin 0-1 each.
CBS: C. Andrew; C. Leahy, S. O’Connell, K. Twomey; J. Barry, B. O’Callaghan, M. Griffin; M. O’Halloran, O. McEvoy, B. Lenihan, R. Downey, C., Murray, C. Browne, D. Synott, A. McHenry.
PADRE PIO: C. Mannix; D. O’Donovan, C. Magee, C. Walker; K. Heaphy, D. Kelly, J. Ryan; D. Thompson, D. O’Donoghue; M. Williams, K. Hornibrook, J. Moore; A. Leahy, D. Kiely, J. Doherty.
THERE was little to choose between these two evenly matched sides as they battles it out in the H9 final. Both defences were on top and scores were scarce as a result. Eight minutes went by before we had the opening score, a Rathduff goal kicked home by Peter McSweeney.
Dripsey hit back for a like score by Shane O’Riordan and, at the break, Rathduff held a slender one point lead, 1-1 to 1-0. A torrential downpour just before the restart didn’t dampen the proceedings as both sides threw everything at each other.
A couple of great saves by the Dripsey keeper Dean O’Sullivan prevented his side from falling further behind but when Peter McSweeney got through for his second goal and Sean Bourke hit a magnificent goal from 30 metres out, it was always going to be Rathduff’s day.
Scores – Rathduff: S. Bourke 2-1; P. McSweeney 2-0; F. O’Shaughnessy, P. Walsh, S. Cronin, P. Walsh 0-1 each.
Dripsey: S. O’Riordan 2-0; M. O’Riordan, B. O’Mahony 0-1 each.
RATHDUFF: R. Jones; D. Kearney, G. O’Shaughnessy, S. Cronin, E. O’Donovan, S. Bourke, F. O’Shaughnessy, P. Walsh, T. Walsh, R. Cotter, P. McSweeney.
DRIPSEY: D. O’Sullivan; B. Galvin, S. Fitzgibbon, C. Brown, B. O’Mahony, E. O’Connell, M. O’Riordan, D. Lynch, B. McDonnell, S. O’Ri0roean, K. Kelleher.
Referee: D. O’Driscoll (Carrignavar) refereed all four games.