Shading a tight first-half 0-4 to 0-3, Pobalscoil clicked into a higher gear in the second-half, inspired by substitute Tomás Ó Caomhanaigh as well as four points from wing-forward Eanna Ó Conchuir.
De La Salle were too reliant on full-forward Ben Shorten (he kicked five points) while a late save by Pobalscoil keeper Gavin Ó Curráin from Darren Kelly denied last year’s runners-up hope of a grandstand finish.
Scorers: Pobalscoil: E Ó Conchuir (0-4), S Ó Diomsaigh (0-2, 1 free), Dara Ó Se (0-2), A Ó Raoill (0-1, ‘45’), R Ó Beaglaoich (0-1) and J Ó Súilleabhain (0-1)
De la Salle: B Shorten (0-5, 4 frees) and D Creed (0-1)
CHORCA DHUIBHNE: G Ó Currain; P Ó Dubhain, C Ó Luing, P Ó Conchuir; P Ó Se, C Ó Gealbhain, A Raoill; R Ó Beaglaoich, M Ó Caomhanaigh; D de Brun, D Ó Se, E Ó Conchuir; D Mac Carthaigh, S Ó Diomsaigh, J Ó Súilleabhain.
Subs: T Ó Caomhanaigh for M Ó Caomhnaigh, T Ó Se for Mac Carthaigh and S Ó Grifin for Ó Diomsaigh
DE LA SALLE: P Kelliher; K Manning, R O’Dwyer, C Casey; S Creedon, P Grainger, F Buckley; L Kelliher, P Moynihan; D Creed, D Kelly, S O’Sullivan; D Foley, B Shorten, A Moynihan.
Subs: D Twomey for Grainger, C Vaughan for O’Sullivan.
Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary).