Presentation College Athenry 4 St Francis College Rochestown College 0
ROCO bowed out of the FAI U17 Schools Cup at the semi-final stage after leaking four goals to Presentation College Athenry in Limerick this afternoon.
Two-goal Liam Kelly, Liam Leen and Shaun Gilligan were on target for the Galway side at the home of Aisling Annacotty FC.
While the final score was flattering to the Connacht champions, they were mostly clinical in front of goal on Shannonside and that ultimately proved to be the difference on a day when the Munster champs finished with ten men after a red card.
The Leesiders began brightly and were passing the ball sharply in the opening five minutes, but it quickly became apparent that Leen was going to cause problems up front for the Galway outfit.
The same player tested keeper Ben O'Leary six minutes in, and then set up Gilligan to tap home the opening goal at the far post with a free-kick from the left after 10 minutes.
Leen doubled his side's advantage midway through the half with a stunning free-kick around the wall after Gilligan was clipped on the edge of the box.
At the other end, Cian O'Flaherty went close with a powerful header from and Adam Walsh cross from the right.
The turning point in the game arrived six minutes from the break with Rochestown threatening after forcing two corners in quick succession, the second of which was cleared to Walsh.
His cross from the right was met by Adam O'Brien, but Dylan Quirke brilliantly stopped his effort at the far post, Quirke saving from point-blank range.
And O'Brien's volley from the rebound was then hacked off the line by Harry Nevin. Presentation broke upfield from that let-off, and Kelly made it 3-0 with a neat effort past O'Leary to send his side in at the break with a three-goal advantage.
Rochestown pushed to reduce the deficit from the restart with Paul Hanley firing in a 30-year effort, but Quirke, who had an excellent game, got down well to save.
Adrian Thiabaut also went close for the Cork teens, but Quirke was again equal to the strike with a smart save.
Kelly put the matter beyond dispute 52 minutes in, and Leen was again involved, with Kelly driving home from the edge of the box to seal the win.
Rochestown, to their credit, kept plugging away to the end, but the Athenry defence was rock solid until the final whistle.
PRES: Quirke (Davey 77), Jennings, Regan, Flannery, Hough, Burke, O'Connor, McCarthy, Kelly, (Hoade 74), Leen (Moran 75), Gilligan (Shannon 79).
ROCO: O'Leary, Walsh, O'Mahony, Nevin, McCarthy, Murphy, Cunningham, Hanley, O'Flaherty (Brady 61), Thiabaut, O'Brien (Murphy 44).
Referee: J McCarthy (Limerick)