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Outstanding O Suilleabhain helps Corca Dhuibhne to four-in-a-row

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Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne closed out the game with a late brace of points including an insurance point from new Kerry minor captain Marc O Conchuir.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne closed out the game with a late brace of points including an insurance point from new Kerry minor captain Marc O Conchuir.

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Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne closed out the game with a late brace of points including an insurance point from new Kerry minor captain Marc O Conchuir.

A Conchuir O Geibheannaigh goal and an outstanding display from Tomas O Suilleabhain helped Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne create history in winning their fourth consecutive title against St Francis College Rochestown in Rathmore yesterday.

The west Kerry school become the first side since the Tralee CBS team of 1931-34 to achieve the feat.

And they inflicted more heartache on Rochestown, who had lost the Dr Harty Cup final, in hurling, to Thurles CBS two weeks previously.

A poor opening 20 minutes saw both teams struggle with the heavy underfoot conditions.

A point from Rochestown's Evan Ryle and O Geibheannaigh's goal were the only scores in that period, the green flag coming in the sixth minute just after Ciaran Cormack very nearly struck for an opportunist goal for Rochestown at the other end.

Mairtin O Gormain and Seamus O Muircheartaigh were involved in the build-up to the goal.

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Two points from O Geibheannaigh ensured Pobalscoil led by 1-3 to 0-4 at half-time.

There wasn't much between both sides in a very tight affair.

They were level at 1-5 to 0-8 at the three-quarter mark, but the Cork school crucially never went ahead in proceedings thereafter as Pobalscoil responded with good composure in the closing stages.

The victors closed out the game with a late brace of points for O Suilleabhain and Cathal O Bambaire, alongside an insurance point from new Kerry minor captain Marc O Conchuir.

A late black card for O Bambaire mattered little in the overall scheme of things.

Pobalscoil will face either of the two St Pat's sides (Dungannon or Cavan) contesting the MacRory Cup final in the All-Ireland semi-final as they now look to successfully defend their Hogan Cup title.

Scorers - Pobalscoil: C O Geibheannaigh 1-3 (1f), T O Suilleabhain, C O Bambaire 0-3 each, M O Conchuir 0-1. St Francis: S Kingston (1f), C Cormack 0-3 each, K O'Donovan, E Ryle, L Dineen, C Sheehan 0-1 each.

Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne - L de Bhailis; C O Suilleabhain, T O Suilleabhain, C O Murchu; A O Conchuir, B O Beaglaoich, T O Suilleabhain; M O Conchuir, P Mac an tSithigh; M O Gormain, S O Gairbhia, G Hici O Brosnachain; C O Bambaire, S O Muircheartaigh, C O Geibheannaigh. Subs: PJ Mac Laimh for O Brosnachain (ht), Barra S Mac an Bhradain for O Muircheartaigh (56) and T Mac an tSithigh for O Bambaire (BC, 59).

St Francis - P Lynch; K O'Donovan, N Quirke, D Murphy; A Geaney, D Griffin, S Powter; E O'Brien, E Ryle; L O'Sullivan, S Kingston, D Meaney; L Dineen, M McAuliffe, C Cormack. Subs: D Stack for Murphy (52) and C Sheehan for O'Sullivan (52).

Ref - R Hickey (Clare).

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