Back-to-back Hogan Cup glory for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-12
Roscommon CBS 2-5

Five points in the final six minutes of action delivered Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne back-to-back Hogan Cup glory this afternoon.

The reigning champions led by 1-7 to 1-5 turning the bend for home when they were rocked by a Conor Shanagher goal.

Cathal O Bambaire levelled matters in the resulting play, seizing on Seamus Ó Muircheartaigh's short free. Ó Muircheartaigh returned Corca Duibhne in front on 58 minutes and three more white flags before the finish from Gearoid hIci Ó Brosnacháin, Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh and Ó Muircheartaigh rubber-stamped victory for the Dingle football nursery.

The sides had returned to the dressing room at half-time level at 1-3 apiece. The reigning champions enjoyed the majority of possession and chances, but were left frustrated by Roscommon’s 14-man blanket defence.

The Roscommon school were composed and disciplined at the back, frustrating the Dingle attack. Nine first half wides spoke volumes of the pressure coming on the Corca Duibhne forwards when they came into possession in the scoring zone.

Brian Ó Beaglaioch and Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh pushed the favourites into and early advantage and they moved four clear when Ó Géibheannaigh cut inside Adam Whyte and offloaded to Seán Ó Gairbhia, the centre-forward firing to the roof of the net.

Roscommon responded through lively corner-forward Noel Gately and Richard Hughes (free), drawing level with a well-worked goal on 28 minutes.

Marc Ó Conchúir was dispossessed at midfield, Gately sprayed a quick ball inside to the unmarked Conor Shanagher who produced a sublime finish. Crucially when Roscommon CBS did hit the front in second-half they were unable to hold the inside lane.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: C Ó Géibheannaigh (0-5, 0-3 frees); S Ó Gairbhia (1-1); S Ó Muircheartaigh (0-2, 0-2 frees); B Ó Beaglaioch, G h Ó Brosnacháin, M Ó Gormáin, C Ó Bambaire (0-1 each).

Scorers for Roscommon CBS: R Hughes (0-3, 0-2 frees); C Shanagher (2-0); N Gately (0-2, 0-1 free).

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: L De Bhailís (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis), T Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean Uí Chúis), C Ó Murchú (An Ghaeltacht); A Ó Conchúir (Daingean Uí Chúis), B Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Súilleabháin (Daingean UíChúis); M Ó Conchúir (Daingean Uí Chúis), P Mac An tSíthigh (An Ghaeltacht); M Ó Gormáin ( An Ghaeltacht), S Ó Gairbhia (An Ghaeltacht), PJ Mac Láimh (An Ghaeltacht); C Ó Géibheannaigh (Daingean Uí Chúis), S Ó Muircheartaigh (An Ghaeltacht), C Ó Bambaire (Daingean Uí Chúis).

Subs: G h Ó Brosnacháin (Daingean Uí Chúis) for Mac Láimh (HT), R Ó Mainnín (Liospóil) for Mac An tSíthigh (54).

Roscommon CBS: J Fetherstone (Roscommon Gaels); S Casey (Oran), E Concar (Oran), A Whyte (Feurty/St Ciaran’s); B Mullen (Feurty/St Ciaran’s), A Duignan (Roscommon Gaels), R Hughes (Roscommon Gaels); G Keenan (Oran), D Cunniffe (St Croan’s); A Lyons (Fuerty/St Croan’s), J Casey (Oran), B Cleary (Roscommon Gaels); N Gately (Creggs/St Ciaran’s),C Shanagher (Kilbride), K Whyte (Oran).

Subs: R Horan (Roscommon Gaels) for Concar (HT), J Brennan (Fuerty/St Ciaran’s) for Cleary (42), J McDonald (Roscommon Gaels) for Cunniffe (48), D Foley (St Faithleach’s) for Lyons (54).

Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow).


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