The Munster Colleges senior football championsremain in the hunt for Frewen Cup honours after overcoming wasteful Tralee CBS in a thrilling semi-final at Ballyricard yesterday.
Tralee CBS looked the better side for long periods, thanks to outstanding centre-forward Jack Savage and two excellent midfielders in Eamon McAllen and Barry Walsh. But the introduction of injured senior star Barra Ó Suilleabhain and sub Conor Geaney’s goal in the 45th minute with his first touch changed the game with ten minutes remaining (2-8 to 0-11).
Tralee CBS rallied when Gearóid Savage was hauled down by Cian Ó Murchu for a penalty but his brother Jack could only blaze the resultant spot kick over the bar.
The ‘Green’ continued to attack and a point from Gary Roche closed the gap to the minimum.
However, poor decision making by Tralee cost them at least an equaliser in the final three minutes.
The first-half was just shaded by Tralee CBS, who led 0-10 to 1-6 at half time, Jack Savage (0-5) and Kyle Fitzgibbon (0-3) being their top marksman, while Seamus Ó Muircheartaigh with three points from frees, the lively Cathal Ó Banbaire with two excellent efforts from play, along with a 29th minute Brian Ó Raoghaill effort, kept ChorcaDhuibhne in touch.
The West Kerry side settled the better in the third quarter with Conchuir Ó Súilleabhain, Tomas Ó Sé and Barra Ó Súilleabhain outstanding, but with Ó Muircheartaigh unusually off target vital frees, it was left to young substitute Geaney to save the day. Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne face the winners of St Flannan’s Ennis/ Clonmel CBS semi-final.
Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: C Ó Geanai 1-1, B Ó Raoghaill 1-0S Ó Muircheartaigh 0-3 frees, C Ó Bambaire 0-3, S Ó Banbaire 0-1.
Scorers for Tralee CBS: J Savage 0-7 (0-3 frees, 0-1 pen), K Fitzgibbon 0-3, B Walsh, M O’Donnell and G Roche 0-1 each. POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE: L De Bailis, B Ó Beaglaoich, C Ó Suilleabhain, C Ó Murchu, C Ó Gairbhia, M Ó Flatharta, M O Conchuir, T Ó Se, Colm Ó Beaglaoich, S Ó Muircheartaigh, B Ó Raoghaill, Caoimhín O Beaglaoich, S Ó Banbaire, C O Banbaire, R Ó Sé
Subs: B Ó Suilleabhain for C Ó Gairbhia,C Ó Geanai for S Ó Banbaire, T de Brun for Com Ó Beaglaoich.
TRALEE CBS: T Culloty, A Molloy, E Teahan, C Sheridan, C Coffey, M Walsh, J Morgan, E McAllen, R Walsh, C Flanagan, J Savage, K Fitzgibbon, M O’Donnell, G Savage, I Parker.
Subs: G Roche for C Flanagan, D Hartnett for J Morgan, D Byrnes for M O’Donnell.
Referee: Sean Joy (Laune Rangers).