In a game that was tightly contested up to half-time, the return of 3-4 from Kidney-Power was crucial, along with five splendidly pointed frees from Ciarán Power. Kidney-Power struck twice in the first-half to open up an interval lead of 2-5 to 1-6.
Greg Fitton caught the eye for De La Salle, scoring seven points, while captain Alan McCarthy was solid at centre-back and Tiernan Quinn’s goal yielded a positive start. However, the east Cork side’s greater all-round strength told as they outscored their opposition 1-8 to five points in the second half of an entertaining decider.
Scorers for Coláiste Mhuire: O Kidney-Power (3-4), C Leahy (0-5 frees), D Roche (0-2), A Dolan (65m) and D Higgins (0-1 each).
Scorers for De La Salle College: G Fitton (0-7, six frees), T Quinn (1-1), K Kelleher, B Kelleher and J Kelleher (0-1 each).
COLÁISTE MHUIRE: (all Cobh) J Gardiner; J McCarthy, N Wilk, O Farrell; P Carey, A Dolan, S Meade; G Keating (Capt), C Leahy; J Hamilton, D Roche, O Kidney Power; D Kearney, D Higgins, C Lynch.
Subs: J O’Donovan for J Hamilton (52), S Damery for D Kearney (53), S Kidney for D Roche (56), L Ryan for C Lynch (57).
DE LA SALLE COLLEGE: (Western Gaels except where stated) A Kelleher; J Downey, T O’Donovan (Laochra Óg), S O’Riordan; D Foley (Éire Óg), A McCarthy (Capt), J O’Mullane (Cloughduv); E Murphy, S Desmond (Laochra Óg); J Pickering, G Fitton (Cloughduv), K Kelleher; D Dullea (Cloughduv), T Quinn (Laochra Óg), B Kelleher.
Subs: T Collins (Cloughduv) for D Dullea (half-time), J Kelleher (Cloughduv) for S Desmond (42).
Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline).