Two-goal hero Ambrose too hot for Dingle as Macroom edge into final
DLS Macroom 3-9
PS Chorca Dhuibhne 2-9
Munster colleges SFC a
Declan Ambrose scored a goal in each half at Farranfore on Saturday as 2006 champions DLS Macroom squeezed into the Corn Ui Mhuiri final.
The game was on a knife edge entering the final 10 minutes, with the sides deadlocked on 1-8 apiece. In the 52nd minute, Macroom's Tony Dineen floated in a high ball from 45 metres that was not dealt with by the Dingle defence. After some ping-pong, supersub Cathal Vaughan fired home a goal.
Then five minutes later, speedy corner-forward Ambrose started and finished a magnificent move for a goal that all but assured his side of a place in the decider. Ambrose edged past Padraig O Se (son of Kerry legend Paidi) and found Declan Twomey; he passed to Greg Barrett before Ambrose himself raised the green flag.
It appeared game over, but Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne responded and counter-attacked brilliantly, with Brian O'Conaill slipping the ball into the net.
The deficit was back down to a goal but the Macroom defence, inspired by Kevin Barrett, held out.
Ambrose had given Macroom an early fillip when he pounced on a defensive error to finish soccer-style and put his side 1-6 to 1-5 ahead.
Sean Diony O Conchuir got the first Dingle goal.
Scorers -- DLS Macroom: D Ambrose 2-2, G Barrett 0-3 (0-3f), C Vaughan 1-0, B Lynch, S Down, A Hegarty, L Kelliher 0-1 each. PS Chorca Dhuibhne: S Diony O Conchuir 1-3 (1f), B O Conaill 1-0, T O Caomhanaigh 0-3 (2f), P O Murchu 0-2, G Mac an tSaoir 0-1
DLS Macroom -- P O'Sullivan; J O'Connor, K Barrett, K Manning; D O'Riordan, J Kelliher, C McCarthy; B Lynch, C Ryan; S Down, A Hegarty, D Twomey; G Barrett, T Dineen, D Ambrose
Subs: C Vaughan for A Hegarty (46 mins), L Kelliher for C McCarthy (56)
PS Chorca Dhuibhne -- G O Currain; E O Grifin, C O Gealbhain, M O Flannura; P O Se, A O Dubhain, R O Beaglaoi; P O Murchu, T O Caomhanaigh; B O Dubhain, M Sean O Grifin, D MacGearailt; B O Conaill, S Diony O Conchuir, G Mac an tSaoir. Subs: S Firtear for E O Grifin (ht), C O Ceilleachair for M S O Grifin (45).
REF -- M Condon (Waterford)