Michael John Shine stars as Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Blarney claim Munster crown

Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Blarney 2-12 Coachford College 0-11: A first Munster Post Primary School’s hurling title for Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Blarney as they claimed victory over fellow Cork school Coachford College in the Corn Risteard Uí Mhathúna (U18½ CHC final) in Carrigaline yesterday.

Michael John Shine stars as Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Blarney claim Munster crown

Goals in either half from Michael John Shine and David O’Donovan proved vital, but overall they were always that step ahead.

Selector Sean Downey, who manned the sideline along with Cork senior hurler Stephen Moylan, St John Cremin and Declan O’Connell, hopes the side can continue their good form outside the province.

“We lost the Munster final last year so this is big for us. We had to do it this year because a lot of the lads are Leaving Cert. We’ve had a great year. We got to the O’Callaghan Cup final (A grade) as well in Cork. We were well beaten but to come back and win Munster is great and we hope now to go on and represent Cork well.”

It will be a quick turnaround for the new champions who will meet the Offaly and Leinster representatives Killina Presentation Secondary School in the All Ireland series on Saturday in Cashel at 2pm.

Coachford started well and were good value for their 0-5 to 0-4 lead after 20 minutes with the dead ball accuracy of Matthew Bradley crucial. However, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál landed 1-4 without reply on the run up to half-time – the goal a fine effort from Shine, to give a 1-8 to 0-5 interval advantage.

Coachford College hit back with a brace of points but they were rocked again when David O’Donovan netted. While they fought tooth and nail to stay in touch, the influence of Blarney keeper James Dineen, coupled with the free-taking of Mark Coleman meant the gap never dipped below four points. Coachford finished with 13 players after referee Teddy O’Donovan sent Gavin Hickey to the line late on while William McCarthy followed.

Scorers Scoil Mhuire gan Smál:

M J Shine (1-2), M Coleman (0-5, four frees), D O’Donovan (1-1), C McCarthy (0-2), K Cremin and B Dennehy (0-1 each).

Coachford College scorers:

M Bradley (0-9, six frees), A Healy and S Tarrant (0-1 each).

SCOIL MHUIRE GAN SMAL (Blarney except where stated)

J Dineen; P Barry Murphy (Grenagh), B Buckley (Grenagh), B Walsh; S Cronin (Grenagh), A McEvoy, C Power; M Coleman (Capt), P Crowley; C Forde, C McCarthy, D O’Hanlon; M J Shine, K Cremin, D O’Donovan (Whitechurch).

Subs:

B Dennehy for C Forde (47), C Sheehy (Whitechurch) for C Power (55).

COACHFORD COLLEGE:

C O’Driscoll (Cloughduv); A Healy (Aghabullogue), P Ring (Aghabullogue), S O’Riordan (Dripsey); W McCarthy (Éire Óg), A McCarthy (Inniscarra), S Lane (Aghabullogue); N Barry Murphy (Capt, Aghabullogue), E Clifford (Cloughduv); J Cooper (Éire Óg), M Bradley (Aghabullogue), S Tarrant (Aghabullogue); S Corkery (Aghabullogue), D Lucey (Donoughmore), D Desmond (Aghabullogue).

Subs:

J Buckley (Cloughduv) for S Lane (ht), B Verling (Cloughduv) for S Tarrant (50), G Hickey (Cloughduv) for D Desmond (52).

Referee:

Teddy O’Donovan (Cork).

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