Rochestown stay on course for historic 'quadruple'
St Francis 1-9 Colaiste Na Sceilge 2-4: Corn Ui Mhuiri Munster cols sfc
St Francis of Rochestown stayed on course for an historic quadruple as they overcame Colaiste na Sceilge in this quarter-final in Knocknagree.
Last week, the Cork school reached the Dr Harty Cup semi-finals and they have already claimed the O'Callaghan Cup (Cork SHC 'A') while they are in the final of its football equivalent, the Simcox Cup. They had to work for this though.
With the first-half wind, Rochestown played the better football but two goals for Sceilge kept them in touch.
Adam O'Dwyer struck for the first in the third minute. While an Evan Ryle strike looked to have put Rochestown in control as they led by 1-4 to 2-0, Anthony Cournane profiting from good work by Darren Casey to net for Sceilge in the 20th minute.
Shane Kingston pointed to put Rochestown two ahead at half-time (1-5 to 2-0) and he doubled that lead early in the second half.
They never managed to pull further clear than that as poor shooting proved costly too often. Mark Sugrue and Cournane both pointed late on and there were nervy times for Rochestown.
Diarmuid Keating had a chance of a winning goal but Sean Powter's block denied him and Rochestown held out.
Scorers - Rochestown: S Kington 0-6 (4fs), E Ryle 1-0, D Meaney 0-2, B McAuliffe 0-1. Colaiste na Sceilge: S Kington 0-6 (4fs), E Ryle 1-0, D Meaney 0-2, B McAuliffe 0-1.
Rochestown - P Lynch; N Walsh, N Quirke, D Murphy; D Kelleher, D Griffin, S Powter; E O'Brien, L Dineen; L O'Sullivan, S Kingston, E Ryle; B McAuliffe, M McAuliffe, C Cormack. Subs: D Meaney for Murphy (h-t), K O'Donovan for Ryle (BC, 33), C Sheehan for B McAuliffe (46), J Holland for Cormack (49), B Flahive for M McAuliffe (58), S Collins for O'Sullivan (60).
Colaiste Na Sceilge - E O'Sullivan; S O'Connor, A O'Driscoll, A Curran; B Murphy, B Sugure, G O'Sullivan; M Sugrue, S Lynch; A O'Dwyer, D O'Donoghue, B O'Connell; D Casey, A Cournane, D Keating. Subs: J Daly for Lynch (h-t), K Farrelly for O'Dwyer (BC, 34), N Brennan for O'Donoghue (inj, 50).
Ref - D O'Mahoney (Tipperary)