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The Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne squad celebrate with the Hogan Cup

The Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne squad celebrate with the Hogan Cup

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice celebrates with Seán Ó Bambaire, 19, Brian Ó Raoil, centre, and Tom Ó Súilleabháin at the final whistle

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice celebrates with Seán Ó Bambaire, 19, Brian Ó Raoil, centre, and Tom Ó Súilleabháin at the final whistle

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Marc Ó Conchúir is tailed by St.Patrick's College's Conor Cassidy

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Marc Ó Conchúir is tailed by St.Patrick's College's Conor Cassidy

St. Patrick's College's Conor Glass in action against Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Barra Ó Súilleabháin

St. Patrick's College's Conor Glass in action against Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Barra Ó Súilleabháin

St. Patrick's College's Caolan McNeill is tackled by Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh

St. Patrick's College's Caolan McNeill is tackled by Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Tom Ó Súilleabháin holds off St. Patrick's College's Danny Tallon

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Tom Ó Súilleabháin holds off St. Patrick's College's Danny Tallon

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh closes down St.Patrick's College's Cathal Mulholland

Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne's Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh closes down St.Patrick's College's Cathal Mulholland

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The Pobalscoil Chorca Duibhne squad celebrate with the Hogan Cup

Trailing by five points at half time against the defending All-Ireland champions, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the occasion had got to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.

But their second half performance was one that any of the great Kerry teams would have been proud of as the Dingle school claimed the Hogan Cup in what was their first final appearance.

When Chorca Dhuibhne came through the now-infamous 'black card gate' replay with Colaiste Chriost Rí in the Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter-final, you sensed that this could be their year. And so it came to pass.

As their captain Barra Ó Súilleabháin collected the trophy, he admitted there was a great sense of both pride and relief as he was the player at the centre of the controversy.

"The black card incident just brought the players closer together. I was very down about it at the time, but my team-mates brought me through it and I can't speak highly enough of them," Ó Súilleabháin beamed.

"Our backs were against the wall in the first half, but the character in this team is just unbelievable. We've come through some battles this year."

His manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice echoed those sentiments in paying tribute to the determination that Chorca Dhuibhne showed.

"There's a lot of character in the team. I just felt it would have been a regret for them if they hadn't performed in the second half because we've been through a lot together," Kerry's senior manager said.

"If they hadn't performed on the biggest stage, they would have regretted it for the rest of their lives. They drive this themselves and, when they managed to get the basics right in the second half, it saw us through."

St Pat's included seven players from last year's winning team in their starting 15 and it was the Derry school who hit the front.

Having waited 19 minutes for the first score, the impressive Conor Glass rifled a goal past Dáithí Ó Conchúir.

Danny Tallon quickly tacked on a point before Chorca Dhuibhne got themselves on the board as Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh slotted over the bar following a sweeping attack.

St Pat's dominated in midfield and with Glass controlling proceedings, he added to his early goal with a straightforward point that left Fitzmaurice fuming on the sideline.

Chorca Dhuibhne were all too often guilty of not taking their chances and it looked like that would come back to haunt them. Tallon and Tomás Ó Sé exchanged scores on the stroke of half-time, but it was St Pat's who took a commanding 1-4 to 0-2 point lead into the break.

To their credit, Chorca Dhuibhne came out a different side and limited their opponents to just two scores in what was a completely one-sided second half.

A minute after the restart, Roibeard Ó Sé swung the momentum in the Kerry school's favour when his left footed shot gave Ciaran McCloy no chance in the St Pat's goal.

Tom Ó Suilleabhain was switched from corner-back to corner-forward and that proved an inspired change as he caused problems.

Chorca Dhuibhne had to weather a late storm, but they hung on for a deserved two-point win.

'Black card gate' is now a distant memory.

Scorers – PS Chorca Dhuibhne: R Ó Sé 1-0, S Ó Muircheartaigh 0-3 (2fs), T Ó Súilleabáin 0-2 (2fs), M Ó Flatharta, B Ó Súilleabháin, T Ó Sé 0-1 each. St. Patrick's Maghera: C Glass 1-1, D Tallon 0-2, C Cassidy, P McAtamney, C Convery (1f) 0-1 each.

PS Chorca Dhuibhne – D Ó Conchúir; C Ó Suilleabhain, B Ó Beaglaíoch, T Ó Súilleabáin; M Ó Flatharta, C Ó Beaghlaíoch, S Ó Gairbhia ; B Ó Súilleabháin (capt), M Ó Conchúir; T Ó Sé, B Ó Raoil, R Ó Sé; C Ó Géibheannaigh, C Ó Bambaire, S Ó Muircheartaigh. Subs: C Ó'Murchú for Ó Géibheannaigh (h/t), S Ó Bambaire for Ó Raoil (53), T De Brún for Ó Muircheartaigh (59).

St Pat's Maghera – C McCloy; P McNeill, O Hegarty, C McNeill; C O'Doherty, P Hagan (capt), C Mulholland; C Glass, C Cassidy; J Doherty, P McAtamney, M McGrath; P Gunning, D Tallon, C Convery. Subs: B Cassidy for McAtamney (57), S Quinn for Mulholland (58).

REF– G McCormack (Dublin)


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