Sunday 18 November 2018

Connolly class gets Chriost Ri over line


Colaiste Chriost Ri captain Kevin Fulignati
Colaiste Chriost Ri captain Kevin Fulignati

A CORN Ui Mhuiri decider that had an unfortunate beginning for Colaiste Chriost Ri ended in triumph for the Cork city side who broke Kerry schools’ four-year domination of this competition at Lewis Road in Killarney yesterday.

Chriost Ri had a nightmare start when they lost their leading midfielder Eoghan Finn after he fielded the throw-in and was the recipient of a heavy challenge from Chorca Dhuibhne wing-back Padraig O Se (son of Paidi).

Finn received medical treatment on the pitch for 16 minutes, before he was taken from the pitch by ambulance to Kerry General Hospital for observation. Subsequently, it emerged that he has a broken jaw and concussion.

Limerick referee Richard Moloney red-carded O Se and the Dingle side had play almost the entire game with 14 men, which proved beyond them, despite a sterling third-quarter comeback.

Chriost Ri can thank their prolific full-forward Luke Connolly, who rescued his side when they trailed 1-6 to 1-5 ten minutes into the second half and he kicked the last seven points for his side to kill off the spirited comeback from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.

The crucial score in an opening half that lasted 46 minutes came in 31st minute when Connolly's shot was parried by ’keeper Gavin Curran, but Eoin McGreevy was on hand to blast the rebound to the net as Chriost Ri led1-4 to 0-2 at the end of the opening period.

PS Chorca Dhuibhne resumed a revitalised side and looked as if they had the extra man with Ryan OBeaglaoich lording matters at midfield. Direct from the throw-in, Tom Kavanagh drilled the ball to the Chriost Ri net and points from Kavanagh, Seamus Dempsey, Dara O Se and Jack O'Sullivan saw the West Kerry side jump a point clear (1-6 to 1-5) by the 40th minute.

However, once Connolly levelled in 43rd minute, Chriost Ri took over with wing-back Stephen Cronin outstanding and Connolly did the rest with some fine points from placed balls and play. In injury-time, Dingle ’keeper Curran saved a Connolly penalty, but Chriost Ri's top gun had the last say when he converted the resultant ‘45’ to ensure another provincial crown for the famous Cork footballing nursery.

SCORERS – Col Chriost Ri: L Connolly 0-9 (5f, 2 ’45s), E Mc- Greevy 1-1, J Philpott 0-2f. PS Chorca Dhuibhne: T O Caomhanaigh 1-2 (1f), S O Diomsaigh 0-3 (2f), D O Se, J O Suilleabhain 0-1 each

COL CHRIOST RI – J Kerins; M Lyons, K Fulignati, D O'Keeffe; E Dennehy, T Lawrence, S Cronin; S O'Keeffe, E Finn; A Nolan, E McGreevy, P Fitzgerald; C Dalton, L Connolly, J Philpott. Subs: C Madden for E Finn (inj, 1), I Lucey for D O'- Keeffe (40), G Joyce for C Madden (56).

PB CHORCA DHUIBHNE – G O Currain; P O Dubhain, C O Luing, P O Conchuir; P O Se, C O Gealbhain, A Raoill; R O Beaglaoich, T O Se; D de Brun, D O Se, E O Conchuir; S O Diomsaigh, T O Caomhanaigh, J O Suilleabhain. Subs: M O Caomhanaigh for C O Gealbhain (inj 36), S O Grifin for D de Brun (50)

REF – R Moloney (Limerick).

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