Finnerty spearheads rousing Davitt fightback
Davitt College 1-16 Colaiste Na Coiribe 4-4
Davitt College produced an amazing comeback in this decider at Headford yesterday, transforming a four-point deficit into a three-point winning margin in a stunning second-half recovery.
It looked as the goal-scoring prowess of Galway champions Colaiste na Coiribe would win the day when they added a fourth maximum to the three they scored in the first half -- Geraoid O Cennabhain, Sean O Coincheanainn and Evan O Buaigh found the net in that first half to give their side a 3-2 to 1-5 lead at the break, the Davitt goal coming from Darren Flannery from the penalty spot.
When Padraig O Bán scored his side's fourth goal 10 minutes into the second half, to extend the gap to four points (4-3 to 1-8), the Mayo champions looked in deep trouble.
However, they dug it out, with Stephen Finnerty providing two inspirational points followed by a string of unanswered scores from Conor Finnerty, two from Liam Irwin and Diarmuid 0'Connor.
Irwin landed a late free, his fifth of the match, to seal victory.
Scorers -- Davitt College: C Finnerty 0-7 (3f), L Irwin 0-5 (3f), D Flannery 1-0 (pen), S Finnerty 0-2, D O'Connor, J Ivers 0-1 each. Colaiste na Coiribe: S O'Coincheannain 1-1 (1f), G O Ceannabháin, P O Bán, E O Buaigh 1-0 each, C O Riogáin, S O Leidhín, R O Flaithearta 0-1 each.
Davitt College -- P Corcoran; O Scully, S Staunton, D Staunton; J Ormsby, J Geraghty, P Colleran; D Flannery, J Staunton; S Flynn, R Neary, S Finnerty; C Finnerty, L Irwin, D O'Connor. Subs: J Ivers for Flynn, G McHale for Colleran, R Fadden for Neary.
Colaiste Na Coiribe -- D OTiarnaigh; D Seoige, C O Maoleoin, C O Conchubair; D O Horáin, D Lenihanm, T O Conchubair; G O Ceannabháin, D Breathnachm; C O Riogáin, P O Bán, S O Leidhin; R O Flaighearta, S O Coincheannain, E O Buaigh.
Ref -- E McAndrew (Mayo).