Tuesday 28 March 2017

Sliabh Luachra get off to dream start

Sliabh Luachra beat Corca Dhuibhne – winners of the last four competitions – on a scoreline of 4-12 to 2-9 in their Group C tie
Sliabh Luachra beat Corca Dhuibhne – winners of the last four competitions – on a scoreline of 4-12 to 2-9 in their Group C tie

Denis Hurley

Pobalscoil Sliabh Luachra marked their Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster PPS SFC A) debut with a win over holders Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne at the John Mitchels complex in Tralee yesterday.

The Rathmore side beat Corca Dhuibhne - winners of the last four competitions - on a scoreline of 4-12 to 2-9 in Group C. Brian Friel's goal helped to give them a 1-8 to 0-4 half-time lead and further goals in the second period from Jamie Brosnan (two) and Connie O'Connor secured victory. The holders' goals came from Tomás Mac an tSithigh and Ryan Manning.

Also in that group, Joe Coughlan and Eoghan O'Leary got late goals as Coláiste Chríost Rí beat DLS Macroom by 2-12 to 0-5.

In Group A, last year's beaten finalists St Francis College Rochestown ran out 5-12 to 1-4 winners over Tralee CBS. Cork star Sean Powter scored 2-1 while Matthew McAuliffe nabbed 1-3. Elsewhere, Mark Keogh was the star for CBS HS Clonmel, scoring 2-2 in their 2-12 to 0-9 win against IS Killorglin.

On Tuesday, St Brendan's College began their Group B campaign with victory over Abbey CBS. Yesterday, St Flannan's College played out an 0-8 draw with Coláiste na Sceilge, the Clare school having led 0-6 to 0-0 early on.

Tralee's Mercy Mounthawk staged a remarkable comeback to overcome Coláiste Choilm of Ballincollig by 2-16 to 3-10 in their Group D clash.

After 10 minutes, Coláiste Choilm led by 2-2 to 0-1 following goals by Eoin Reilly and Eoin O'Shea, but six points by Ferdia O'Brien and 1-1 by Bobby O'Regan had Mercy Mounthawk 1-9 to 2-4 to the good by half-time.

Louis Ryle's goal made it 2-12 to 2-5, while Matthew Whelan got a late goal for Coláiste Choilm.

The other game also saw a fightback. Stephen Leonard's early goal put St Fachtna's of Skibbereen 1-5 to 0-1 ahead against Clonakilty CC, but they turned it around to win by 1-12 to 1-7.

Ross Mannix scored five points for Clon with David Lowney getting three while the goal came from Seán Ryan.

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