Hurley second-half goals propel Fachtna’s to deserved victory

A brace of goals from St Fachtna’s outstanding corner-forward Mike Hurley early in the second half turned this Cork Colleges U16 ‘A’ football final on its head at CIT yesterday, paving the way for what was a deserved victory for the Skibbereen school.

Rochestown got off to a dream start with Mark Dolan opening their account with a goal inside three minutes, quickly followed by a point from a Daniel Meaney free kick.

The sides traded points over an evenly matched first half, with Dolan’s goal separating the teams at the interval, 1-4 to 0-4.

The contest was decided in the opening five minutes of the second half when Hurley struck 2-2, with one goal coming from the penalty spot, to open up a five-point lead.

Shell-shocked Rochestown College tried to claw their way back, but were repeatedly guilty of taking on speculative attempts on goal.

Gary Hartnett’s late point left just a goal between the teams but Fachtna’s flooded their defence and shut Rochestown out.

Scorers for St Fachtna’s: M Hurley 2-6 (1p), G O’Neill and P Bohane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Rochestown: M Dolan 1-0, D Meaney 0-3 (1f), D O’Connor 0-2, D King and S Kingston 0-1 each, G Hartnett 0-1 (1f).

ST FACHTNA’S: C O’Driscoll, E Connolly, T Cronin, D O’Driscoll, R Walsh, D O’Callaghan, T Bushe, D Casey, A Hassett, P Bohane, C Nolan, S O’Donovan, G O’Neill, K Welly, M Hurley.

Subs: S McCarthy for Walsh (15), S Leonard for O’Donovan (48).

ROCHESTOWN COLLEGE: R Donovan, D Kirk, E Buckley, D O’Connor, S Gilroy, K Flahive, A O’Regan, L Carroll, D Meaney, D King, D O’Connor, N Fitzgerald, S Kingston, L Dineen, M Dolan.

Subs: S Power for Gilroy (41), G Hartnett for Fitzgerald (48).

Referee: M. Moynihan (Grenagh).

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