Powter finish keeps Rochestown's bid for twin success alive
Rochestown 1-10 St Brendan's 1-9
St Francis College Rochestown will contest both the Corn Uí Mhuirí and the Harty Cup finals this year after seeing off Killarney's St Brendan's College in a terrific encounter at Mallow on Saturday.
The Cork boys battled hard to get back into the game after trailing 1-5 to 0-4 at the interval. Led by their inspirational skipper Shane Kingston, the Leesiders did well to secure this victory after struggling for long periods to get their hands on the ball.
St Brendan's were first out of the blocks with a point from Evan Cronin. The Cork side responded with a score from full-forward Matthew McAuliffe; however the Kingdom side went back in front - splitting the posts with a pair of quick points from Ronan Buckley and David Clifford.
Rochestown's Ciaran Cormack levelled things up for only the second time on 28 minutes before Brendan's responded spectacularly with a team goal on the stroke of the break from Buckley.
Another two quick points followed on the resumption before Rochestown responded with three points (Liam 0'Sullivan, Sean Powter and Ben McAuliffe).
Thanks to more brilliant work from Kingston, the winners scored a crucial goal from Daniel Meaney on 53 minutes.
Brendan's fought back to level late on, but a splendid point from Powter in added time proved to be just enough to send the spoils the way of Rochestown.
Scorers: St Francis: S Meaney 1-0, S Kingston 0-3 (2f); S Powter 0-2; L O'Sullivan, E Ryle, B McAuliffe, M McAuliffe, C Cormack 0-1 each. St Brendan's: R Buckley 1-2; D Clifford (1f), E Cronin 0-2 each; D Moynihan, M Burns, L Kearney 0-1 each.
St Francis: P Lynch; D Murphy, N Quirke, N Walsh; D Kelleher, D Griffin, S Powter; E O'Brien, L Dineen; L O'Sullivan, S Kingston, E Ryle; D Meaney, M McAuliffe, C Cormack. Subs: B McAuliffe for L Dineen (h-t), K O'Donovan for M McAuliffe (54), D Stack for D Kelleher (58).
St Brendan's: D Carroll; D Naughton, S Courtney, J Flynn; A O'Shea, D O'Brien, M McCarthy; R Buckley, M Rennie; E Cronin, M Burns, D Moynihan; D Clifford, M Foley, L O'Donoghue. Subs: B Courtney for M Rennie (inj)(40), L Kearney for D Clifford (49), W Courtney for L O'Donoghue (53), C Spillane for R Buckley (53), D Doherty for J Flynn (54).
Referee: K Walsh (Clare).
Kerry underage stars shine as Pobalscoil progress
PS Chorca Dhuibhne 0-12 Clonatkilty CC 0-6
The Cork/Kerry football rivalry will come to the fore once again when four-in-a-row-seeking Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne meet St Francis College Rochestown in the final of the Corn Uí Mhuirí on February 28.
They got nothing easy in Saturday's semi-final at Knocknagree, four unanswered points in the final five minutes easing the pressure somewhat.
The champions held a slender 0-5 to 0-4 lead at the interval courtesy of an injury-time score from Seán Ó Gairbhia.
They were far more threatening in the second half, with county uuder-21 panellists Brian Ó Beaglaíoch and Tomás Ó Suilleabháin as well as Padraig Mac an tSighigh and Ó Gairbhia prominent. Ó Gairbhia, along with Séamus Ó Mhuircheartaigh and Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh, returned three points each.
The scoreline does not do ample justice to a brave Clonakilty side that were appearing in their first semi-final. But despite defending strongly, they coughed up possession too easily and scoring only one point from play from Seán McEvoy was never going to be enough.
Darren Santry, who top-scored for the west Cork team, kicked four outstanding points from placed balls.
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne selector Tommy Griffin was delighted with the performance of his charges. "It was an all shoulders to the wheel job," he said. "Our toughest match so far and we needed it."
The former Kerry player was also hopeful that regulars Cathal Ó Bambaire and Marc Ó Conchúir would be fit in time for the final.
Scorers: Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: S Ó Gairbhia, S Ó Muircheartaigh (2f) and C Ó Géibheannaigh (1 f) 0-3 each, L Ó Brosnacháin, M Ó Gormáin and P J Mac Láimh 0-1 each. Clonakilty CC: D Santry 0-4 (4f), D Lowney 0-1 (1f), S McEvoy 0-1.
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: S Ó Lúing; C Ó Suilleabháin, T L Ó Suilleabháin, C Ó Murchú; A Ó Conchúir, B Ó Beaglaíoch, T Ó Suilleabháin; P Mac an tSighigh, S Ó Gairbhia; G hÍcí Ó Brosnacháin, B S Mac an Bhradáin, M Ó Gormáin; R Ó Mainnín, S Ó Muircheartaigh, C Ó Géibheannaigh. Subs: L Ó Brosnacháin for R Ó Mainnín (h-t), P P Sauerland for C Ó Suilleabháin (40 inj), P J Mac Láimh for G Ó hÍcí Ó Brosnacháin (47).
Clonakilty CC: W Tyner; D O'Brien, B Keohane, L O'Donovan; D Kiely, E Deasy, S Scannell; M White, S Ryan; R Mannix, D Lowney, S McEvoy; D Scannell, T Scannell, D Santry. Subs: T O'Connell for D O'Brien (34).
Referee: R Moloney (Limerick).