Corcha Dhuibhne bid to reach first final

AT the start of the campaign, few would have predicted a De La Salle, Macroom/Corcha Dhuibhne semi-final in the Corn Ui Mhuirí (Munster colleges SFC).

Today the protagonists travel to Farranfore to do battle for a place in the final and with a Cork/Kerry edge to the game, it should be a cracking contest.

Both schools have played at this stage of the championship before, but only the Cork side had gone on to reach the final and win it, in 2006.

Because of the shortage of teams, Dingle have played only two games in this year’s championship, against St. Flannan’s in the round robin series and a quarter-final tie against St.Colman’s.

DLS have played a game more. They lost heavily to the champions Coláiste na Sceilge, before seeing off the challenge of Colaiste Chríost Rí by nine points, and then ousting Tralee CBS by two points in the quarter-final.

Fortunately for the Macroom school they did manage a couple of extra games in the Cork colleges championship (Simcox Cup) which they won in early January.

That success was a tremendous boost as they faced into their game against The Green, but they had to draw on all their experience to see off the Tralee challenge with an injury time scoring burst which yielded the two match winning points.

Macroom are a well balanced side, they work extremely hard for each other. Jeremiah Kelleher is a commanding centre-back, while Stephen Down, Greg Barrett and Tony Dineen, who can be a match winner on his day, will pose a lot of problems for the Dingle defence.

One of the strengths of the Kerry side is their scoring ability, particularly their ability to kick points. They displayed commendable spirit is seeing off St. Colman’s in the recent quarter-final where they were forced to play the last 20 minutes with 14 players, and still managed to come out on top by seven points.

They have an excellent goalkeeper in Gavin O Currain; Colm O Gealbhain and Padraig O Se are competent defenders, while up front, Paudie O Murchú, Gearóid Mac an tSaoir and Sean Dinny O Conchúir all know how to score given half a chance.

While the incentive is there for Chorcha Dhuibhne to reach their first final, they will have to play to the peak of their powers to do so. Both schools report no injury problems, and don’t be surprised if it takes a replay to decide the outcome.

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