ST FRANCIS College Rochestown coach Derek Murray believes his side’s penalty shootout victory against Douglas Community School was the best way to win a derby final.
Rochestown made amends for their senior’s defeat in last week’s FAI Schools Munster final to DCS by beating their Cork rivals in the U17 showpiece occasion 7-6 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra time yesterday afternoon.
“It was a titanic struggle,” said Murray.
“They are two very evenly matched teams, they are two of the best teams in the country and this was always going to be our toughest game against Douglas Comm because they are a top team.
“I thought we did very well throughout the game. We took the lead, then we went 2-1 down but we came back and equalised right before the end.
“To be fair our keeper (Ben O’Leary) kept us in it, he made a great save towards the end of extra time and then of course penalties are a lottery.
“It is the best way to win a game. You are fighting for it, you are dogging it and then it goes to penalties. We were one down on penalties and our keeper made a fantastic save when they could have won the match so we are absolutely delighted.
“I thought it was over. I thought (Cathal) Heffernan was going to score, he’s such a good player, he’s unbelievable but our keeper made the save.
“Again there is nothing between Douglas and Rochestown. Every game we played against them in the last recent years has been tight, when we beat them it seems to be after extra time or penalties.
“It’s good to beat them, it’s a derby and there’s no better feeling than winning a derby after a close game. For us to go on and represent Cork in the All-Ireland series is great, we’re delighted.”