O'Mahony lifts Mitchelstown to new heights
CBS Mitchelstown 0-11 St Mark's, Warrenpoint 1-7
CBS Mitchelstown added another chapter to their illustrious history by claiming their first All-Ireland title at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge on Saturday.
The Cork school, who joined the Corn Uí Mhuirí roll of honour as far back as the 1975-76 season, have been regulars in the winner's circle in both codes in subsequent years at domestic and provincial level.
They had to hold off a fierce late rally from a gutsy St Mark's unit that just fell short, with Tiernan Rushe's goal deep in injury time the final act of the game.
That score could not mask the merit of Mitchelstown's victory, as they dominated for the majority of proceedings until adopting a policy of containment late on as Warrenpoint raise the tempo in a frantic bid to rescue themselves.
Cathal O'Mahony was the chief contributor for the North Cork crew, scoring five points, including four from play, while 16-year-old Mark Keane was also influential at full-forward and as a ball-winner in the middle, as they stormed into a seven-point lead approaching the end of the third quarter.
St Mark's threw everything at them in the closing period, scoring three points in succession through Ciaran Tinnelly, John McKernan and Rushe, to reduce the margin to four but Rushe's goal came too late to deny Mitchelstown.
SCORERS - MITCHELSTOWN CBS: C O'Mahony 0-5(1f); E O'Mahony (fs), B White (1f) 0-2 each; M Keane, S O'Sullivan (pen) 0-1 each ST MARK'S: T Rushe 1-3 (0-1f); C Tinnelly 0-2; J McKernan, A McGee 0-1 each
MITCHELSTOWN CBS - C O'Sullivan, E Gallagher, J Coughlan, K Roche, L Finn, E O'Donoghue, D Kent, S O'Sullivan, S Walsh, B White, G Pendle, E O'Mahony, C O'Mahony, M Keane, A English. Subs: P McGrath for Pendle (47), P O'Gorman for White (56)
ST MARK'S - D Toner, C Killen, C Fitzpatrick, M Doyle, C Fegan, S Fitzpatrick, J McKernan, CJ Barr, C Lowry, S Annett, C Tinnelly, A McGee, P Smyth, C Owens, T Rushe. Subs: J Grant for Fegan (40)
REF - B Cawley (Kildare)