St Colman’s, Fermoy, 1-12
CHRISTIANS survived late pressure to book a place in the Dr Harty Cup (Munster Post-Primary Schools Senior Hurling Championship) semi-finals at Watergrasshill yesterday.
The city school were more economic in their shooting, despite not scoring in the closing quarter, while St Colman’s will believe this is one they allowed get away.
The Fermoy side registered 10 wides to Christians’ three and that profligacy cost St Colman’s dear in a hectic finish, when they missed a succession of chances.
Little did anyone realise that the outstanding Jack Cahalane would claim Christians’ closing score in the 45th minute following a determined burst from centre-back Carthach Daly for 1-13 to 0-11.
Interestingly, Daly plays his club hurling with Lismore in Waterford, the same as Conor Howard, who was right half-back with St Colman’s.
They dominated thereafter with the equally influential Darragh Flynn striking his third ’65, though he missed a couple of frees, as St Colman’s hit four wides in quick succession.
But, their hopes soared, three minutes from the end, when substitute Ben Nodwell availed of a pass from Adam Walsh to score a welcome goal to make it a one-point game.
Christians defended solidly with full-back Shane Kingston an inspiration all through though they were relieved to see keeper Eoin O’Neill bat away a long-range free from Flynn in the closing act.
There were two critical periods in the first-half, when Christians managed to put some daylight between two evenly matched sides.
St Colman’s led 0-3 to 0-2 after Flynn converted a seventh minute ’65, following a fine save by O’Neill, who diverted a Leon Doocey shot around the posts.
Christians, however, claimed the next four points through Eoghan Kirby, Robbie Cotter, who was magnificent in the first-half, and a couple of Cahalane frees, 0-6 to 0-3 by the 14th minute.
Cotter increased his scoring contribution to three within minutes, in addition to setting up Cahalane for another point, before St Colman’s rallied to reduce the deficit to the minimum margin.
Dan Roche capitalised on a loose clearance and Flynn’s accuracy from frees helped reel in Christians’ advantage, though a super Cahalane run produced a memorable point for 0-9 to 0-7 after 21 minutes.
Roche bagged his second point for St Colman’s though Christians struck for the all-important opening goal, three minutes from the interval.
Wing-back Pierce Cummins played a long, diagonal ball from the right into space where Daire Burke challenged a couple of defenders, including keeper Cian Hogan.
The attacker picked up a loose ball and sensed the possibilities to smash it home to the unprotected net.
And when Cahalane tapped over another free, Christians had surged 1-10 to 0-8 in front at the break.
The scoring rate dropped appreciably on the resumption as defences got on top, cutting down on space and time on the ball.
Christians only managed three points, all from the roaming Cahalane, who moved out from full-forward, but St Colman’s struggled for scores, as well.
Daire O’Leary, now at centre-forward, and Darragh Daly, kept them in the hunt with points, but they were left to regret their high-wide count at the finish.
Scorers for CBC: J Cahalane 0-9, 4f, 2’65s, D Burke 1-0, R Cotter 0-3, E Kirby 0-1
Scorers for St Colman’s: D Flynn 0-7, 3’65s, 3f, B Nodwell 1-0, D Roche 0-2, D O’Leary, D Daly, J Carr 0-1 each.
CBC: E O’Neill (Blarney); G Reddy (Midleton), S Kingston (Ballinora), E Downey (Glen Rovers); P Cummins (St Colmans), C Daly (Lismore), G Mulcahy (Glen Rovers); J Dwyer (Ballincollig), D McSweeney (Blarney); E Kirby (do), N Hartnett (Douglas), captain, E Kidney (Cobh); R Cotter (Blackrock), J Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), D Burke (Douglas).
Sub: E O’Leary (Glen Rovers) for Kidney 43
ST COLMAN’S: C Hogan (Bride Rovers); P Condon (Harbour Rovers), C O’Brien (St Catherine’s), joint captain, C Condon (Fermoy); C Howard (Lismore), D O’Leary (Watergrasshill), joint captain, C Roche (Fermoy); D Daly (do), D Flynn (Ballygiblin); J Carr (Fermoy), A Walsh (Bride Rovers), L Doocey (Castlelyons); D Collins (Ballycastle Gaels), P Sheehan (do), D Roche (do).
Subs: B Nodwell (Sarsfields) for Sheehan and S Cotter (Castlelyons) for Collins, half-time, C Tobin (Bride Rovers) for Roche 58, L Carey (Kilworth) for C Condon injured 60.
Referee: T Walsh (Waterford).