BOHERBUE Comprehensive School are on the march after withstanding a late spirited effort from Virginia College in the All Ireland Vocational Schools JAFC semi final at Portarlington on Saturday last.
Two goals in a five minutes scoring burst in the closing quarter tilted matters in favour of the North West Cork side. Producing a performance brimful of commitment and resolve, not least during the closing stages when the Cavan side made an all out effort to gather a reprieve, Boherbue were up for the job, victory achieved through an impressive team performance and a number of outstanding individual displays.
A clearly determined Boherbue started at a pace to show that they meant business on dictating the general run of play. The outstanding Paul Sheehan led the defensive resistance at full back, well supported by Billy O'gorman and Tom O'sullivan at midfield with Stephen Aherne ever eager at wing forward.
And target man Andrew O'connor used possession to good effect and kick some neat points.virginia conjured up a recovery and their hopes were raised on a goal from Adam O'reilly to trim the deficit 0-6 to 1-2 at the break. Indeed Virginia's game improved immeasurably upon the restart and back to back points from Bradley and Brian Magee handed the lead to the Ulster champions.
Boherbue struggled to create an impact during the third quarter and it called for a re-shuffle. And the introduction of substitute Adrian Carroll created an impact on finding the net in the 48th minute. That score re-energised Boherbue and a follow up goal from Adrian Murphy left some daylight between the pair.
Virginia battled brave for survival and two points offered a semblance of hope. And in a tension filled finale, Virginia were repelled by a resilient Boherbue rearguard where it took a crucial block from corner-back Shane Carroll to deny an equalising goal. Scorers BOHERBUE CS: A O'connor 0-4(0-2f), A Carroll 1-0, A Murphy 1-0, B O'gorman 0-2f, T O'sullivan 0-1 VIRGINIA COLLEGE: A O'reilly 1-2(0-1f), C Bradley 0-2, B Magee 0-2f, J Mcmahon 0-1
BOHERBUE CS: A Casey; S Carroll, P Sheehan, A Cremin; R Tarrant, K Cremin, P O'keeffe; B O'gorman, T O'sullivan; S Aherne, A Murphy, G Downey; J Forrest, A O'connor, M O'connor Subs: A Carroll for Forrest, S Brosnan for O'keeffe, D O'sullivan for M O'connor
VIRGINIA COLLEGE: C Cahill; P O'connell, N Farrelly, L Caffrey; E Somerville, B O'connell, J Mcmahon; C Flanagan, P Gargan; D Mcenroe, C Maguire, S Mcdermott; C Bradley, B Magee, A O'reilly Subs: R Mannion for Maguire, E Doughty for Magee, S Brady for O'reilly, M Smart for Mcenroe
REFEREE: B Mccann (Laois)