Tuesday 16 January 2018

O Bambaire shoots down Chriost Ri

Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-12 Colaiste Chriost Ri 1-6 (AFTER EXTRA-TIME)

Darragh Kerins of Colaiste Chriost Ri falls to the ground after losing to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne
Darragh Kerins of Colaiste Chriost Ri falls to the ground after losing to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne
Chidozie Ogbene, Coláiste Chríost Rí, and Cathal Ó Bambaire, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, exchange a handshake after the game

THREE points down with 10 minutes to go, it looked like Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne's bid for a third successive title would be ended by the team who beat them in the 2011 final, Colaiste Chriost Ri, at the Dr Crokes GAA Grounds in Killarney.

However, the west Kerry school summoned the strength to bring the game to extra-time, before pulling clear to take a tense encounter.

Although they led by 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time, Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side were finding it hard to break down their defensive Cork opponents.

When Keith Hegarty converted a 39th-minute penalty for Chriost Ri, it looked a big ask for the defending champions, but Pobalscoil pulled a perilous situation back from the brink.

Cathal O Bambaire slotted over the equalising free to make it 0-8 to 1-5 at the end of normal time. O Bambaire scored the only two points of the first period of extra-time, and when both Tomas O Suilleabhain and O Bambaire again pointed in the second period, the game was won.

Scorers – Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne: C O Bambaire 0-5 (1f), S O Muircheartaigh (2fs), T O Suilleabhain (2fs) 0-2 each, M O Flatharta, M O Conchuir, C O Geibheannaigh (1f) 0-1 each. Colaiste Chriost Ri: K Hegarty 1-1, I O'Callaghan 0-4 (4fs), C Ogbene 0-1.

Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne – D O Conchuir; C O Suilleabhain, B O Beaglaoich, C O Murchu; M O Flatharta, C O Beaglaoich, C O Gairbhia; B O Suilleabhain, M O Conchuir; R O Se, B O Raoill, S O Muircheartaigh; T O Suilleabhain, C O Bambaire, C O Geibheannaigh Subs: S O Gairbhia for O Murchu, S O Bambaire for O Geibheannaigh, G O Brosnachain for B O Suilleabhain, C O Muirthile for O Muircheartaigh, S O Muircheartaigh for O Raoill.

Colaiste Chriost Ri – G O'Sullivan; M Russell, D Kerins, C Scully; D O'Neill, S Cronin, C Dennehy; A O'Callaghan, I O'Callaghan; P Gleeson, K Hegarty, J Good; C Walsh, B Kerins, C Ogbene Subs: J Philpott for Dennehy, B O'Leary for Scully, C McCarthy for Gleeson, C Buckley for B Kerins and C Dennehy for O'Neill.

Ref – K Walsh (Clare)

Irish Independent

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