Friday 15 December 2017

Corcoran leads Ballyhale into final

S Aireagail B'hale 2-10 Borris VS 1-10

Ronan Corcoran was on fire in this semi-final, shooting 1-9 as Scoil Aireagail came from behind to beat a plucky Borris in Carlow.

Borris had their own shooting star in Marty Kavanagh, who weighed in with 1-7 from centre-back – the St Mullins clubman is a forward for the Carlow seniors.

Borris had first use of the strong wind and Kavanagh's 12th-minute goal gave them what looked like a significant 1-4 to 0-1 lead over the Ballyhale team.

But Corcoran's green flag for Scoil Aireagail on 19 minutes brought them right back as they closed the gap to 1-8 to 1-3 at the half-time break.

The south Kilkenny side made good use of the wind in the second half and, with the sides deadlocked on 1-10 apiece and the game up for grabs, it was Ballyhale who booked a final place with a goal in the 56th minute from full-forward Andrew Fitzpatrick.

SCORERS – Scoil Aireagail: R Corcoran 1-9 (0-5f), A Fitzpatrick 1-0, C Phelan 0-1. Borris VS: M Kavanagh 1-7 (1-6f), C Fenlon, D Wall, J Kavanagh 0-1 each.

Scoil Aireagail – A Roche; J Kenneally, E Aylward, D Halligan; P Kirwan, J Grace, A Doherty; B Phelan, P Delaney; M Jones, E Power, C Phelan; K Farrell, A Fitzpatrick, R Corcoran. Subs: R Coady for Farrell (45), R Coffey for Power (51).

Borris VS – D Grennan; C McClean, G Coady, P Kavanagh; C Foley, M Kavanagh, S Whelan; J Murphy, C Fenlon; D Wall, D Byrne, J Kavanagh; C Canavan, M O'Grady, S Murphy. Subs: M Kelly for Canavan (27), E Murphy for Foley (37), J Byrne for S Murphy (52), J Doran for O'Grady (56).

REF – B O'Reilly (Laois).

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