Clonmel put in hard work early
CBS HS Clonmel 1-10 St Francis College 0-7
A dominant first-half laid the way for CBS HS Clonmel to reach a first Corn Ui Mhuiri final since 1928 as they overcame Rochestown at Fermoy on Saturday.
The winners of the first running of Munster's top schools football competition, Clonmel haven't been back to a decider since but they were deserving of the win here, even if manager Tony Gleeson felt that standards dropped after half-time.
"The second-half performance was a concern for me, we have to look at that," he said. "We have to address those issues and hopefully over the next two weeks we will do so."
With the wind aiding them in the first period, Clonmel had built up a 0-4 to 0-2 before corner-forward Michael O'Reilly's clever volleyed goal put them firmly in control. With midfielder Mark Kehoe outstanding, they led by 1-8 to 0-4 at half-time.
Despite Rochestown's best performer Kevin O'Donovan opening the second-half scoring, it was too much of a gap for the Cork school to bridge, and they failed to come closer than six points.
Scorers - CBS HS Clonmel: M O'Reilly 1-1 (0-1f), Michael Barlow 0-3 (0-1f), G Whelan 0-2, S O'Meara (0-1 free), S Ryan, M Hogan, C Boland 0-1 each. St Francis College, Rochestown: K O'Donovan 0-4 (0-1f), J Holland 0-2 (0-1f), S Kingston 0-1.
CBS HS CLONMEL - A Tobin; Matt Barlow, S Ryan, J Mulcahy; G Whelan, L Cooney, D Ryan; M Kehoe, E Hoctor; M Hogan, C Boland, K Peters; Michael Barlow, S O'Meara, M O'Reilly. Subs: S Martin for Hoctor (51, black card), R Kennedy for Cooney (55), M Gibbs for O'Meara (59), S Egan for O'Reilly (60, black card).
ST FRANCIS COLLEGE, ROCHESTOWN - C Denn; D Murphy, N Walsh, E Riordan; D Stack, R Ó Colmáin, N Quirke; E Ryle, E O'Brien; C Russell, S Kingston, S Collins; J Holland, C Cormack, K O'Donovan. Subs: J Lyons for Murphy (13, black card), L Grainger for O'Brien (half-time), M McAuliffe for Riordan (half-time), S Hilliard for Holland (53, injured).
Ref - M Meade (Limerick).