St Colman’s 2-13  Gaelcholáiste Mhuire 2-11, Cork Post Primary U16A hurling county final

Five players were sent off following a melee in the Cork Post Primary Schools U16A hurling county final at Fermoy yesterday.

Several team members got involved in an unsavoury incident in front of the stand 12 minutes from time — and at a juncture when St Colman’s were 2-11 to 0-6 to the good.

After consultation with his umpires, six players in all were spoken to by referee Cathal Egan. He issued straight red cards to St Colman’s Padraig O’Leary and Conleith Ryan; and to Caoimhín Ó Muimhneacháin and Aaron Ó hUiginn from Gaelcholáiste Mhuire. Dale Ó Teimhneáin received a second yellow while St Colman’s David Lardner picked up a yellow card as well.

Such a pity, because otherwise this was an enjoyable and sporting contest that saw St Colman’s take the early initiative through a brace of first-half goals from Bride Rovers duo Brian Roche and Conleith Ryan in the 20 and 21st minute. They went on to lead 2-7 to 0-4 at the interval.

In the opening quarter there was little in it as the Fermoy outfit edged ahead 0-4 to 0-3 with goalkeeper Caoimhín Ó Muimhneacháin and free-taker Evan Ó Murchú doing their best to make sure Galecholáiste Mhuire were in contention. However, within a two-minute spell St Colman’s struck for double green flags and finished the half brightly with a trio of points.

Their advantage was extended after the break and by the three-quarter mark they were in front by a comfortable 11 points before the sendings off. When the action resumed Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG were reduced to 12 players while St Colman’s were down to 13. However, in a remarkable turnaround the city team upped their performance, outhitting their opponents 2-5 to 0-2.

One of their standout players centre-back Daire Ó Conaire hit four magnificent points before Blake Ó Murchú found the net. Ó Conaire then converted a penalty after a foul on Black Ó Murchú – the goal confirmed by Egan after some uncertainty. The scoreboard now read 2-12 to 2-11 and made for a frenetic finish.

However, Eoin Carey came to the rescue for St Colman’s in the 13th minute of second-half injury time slotting over a close-in free to secure a narrow win.

Scorers for St Colman’s:

C Ryan and B Roche (1-1 each), E Carey (0-4 frees), J Kearney, B Whitmarch O’Brien, E Roche, D Lardner, P O’Leary, F Hickey and C Cronin (0-1 each).

Scores for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire:

D Ó Conaire (1-6, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), B Ó Murchú (1-2), E Ó Murchú (0-3 frees).

St COLMAN’S:

E Davis (St Catherine’s); L Ahearne (Fermoy), J Scannell (Fermoy), J Mannix (Bride Rovers); S McCarthy (Fermoy), E Roche (Bride Rovers), G Lardner (Fermoy); C Cronin (Watergrasshill), E Carey (Kilworth); D Lardner (Fermoy), B Roche (Bride Rovers), C Ryan (Bride Rovers); J Kearney (Castlelyons), P O’Leary (Watergrasshill), B Whitmarch O’Brien (Fermoy).

Subs:

F Hickey (Balllyduff Upper) for B Whitmarch O’Brien (half-time), J Molloy (Fermoy) for E Roche (58).

GAELCHOLÁISTE MHUIRE AG:

(Na Piarsaigh except where stated) C Ó Muimhneacháin; S Ó Brádaigh, S Ó Maonaigh, A Ó Murchú (Whitechurch); L Ó hArgáin (Glen Rovers), D Ó Conaire, L Ó Murchú; R Standún, A Ó hUiginn; D Ó Teimhneáin (Glen Rovers), L Ó Donnabháin, S Ó Coileáin; E Ó Murchú (Glen Rovers), B Ó Murchú, P Ó Briain (Carrignavar).

Subs:

D Ó Fianái (St Vincent’s) for S Ó Coileáin (40).

Referee:

Cathal Egan (Glen Rovers).


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