O'Connor leads way as St Gerald's claim crown
St Gerald's Castlebar 1-12
Summerhill sligo 0-6
Connacht Colleges Sf 'A' Final
St Gerald's College, Castlebar, eased to victory over Summerhill College of Sligo at Charlestown on Saturday.
Cian Costello's 12th-minute goal handed St Gerald's a five-point advantage of 1-2 to 0-0.
However, it was the dead-ball accuracy of their captain, Cillian O'Connor, that helped cement St Gerald's pre-interval tally -- the Mayo minor star registering five frees and one '45 amongst his first-half haul of seven points.
Having been held scoreless in that opening half -- and facing a deficit of 1-8 to 0-0 as the second-half commenced -- Summerhill College rallied after the break with Michael O'Hehir, Niall Colleary and Donal Brady firing points early in the second half.
However, St Gerald's extended their advantage again courtesy of scores from Danny Kirby, David Stenson and a further O'Connor free.
Despite the game being long over as a contest the Sligo outfit battled on gamely until the end.
SCORERS -- St Gerald's College: C O'Connor 0-9 (0-7f, 1 '45), C Costello 1-0, D Kirby (1 '45), D Stenson, C O'Shea 0-1 each.
Summerhill College: N Colleary 0-3 (0-1f), D Brady 0-2, M O'Hehir 0-1.
St Gerald's College -- F Walsh; J Cotter, N McCarney, J Redmond; M Regan, D Geraghty, J McHale; D Kirby, C Mulgrew; F Durcan, C O'Connor, T Gibbons; D Stenson, C Costello, C O'Shea. Subs: P Collins for Costello (23), P Regan for Redmond (55), R Byrne for Gibbons (58), M English for McHale (60), N O'Malley for Stenson (60).
Summerhill College -- V Cadden; E Flanagan, D Burke, D McCormack; D Brady, K Sweeney, G Feeney; J McGowan, B Monaghan; M O'Hehir, N Murphy, D McConnon; P Logan, P Heraghty, N Colleary. Subs: S Peyton for McConnon (28), A Kelly for Feeney (h-t), C Conway for Flanagan (40), C Finneran for Logan (44).
Ref -- Declan Hunt (Roscommon).