St Francis College Rochestown 4-11 Clonakilty Community College 2-13
AN Adam Cantwell hat-trick decorated Rochestown’s march to the semi-finals of the Corn Uí Mhuirí at Pairc Ui Chaoimh’s 4G pitch.
The midfielder tucked away a couple of expertly taken penalties, sandwiched by a well-taken goal, as Rochestown set-up a meeting with the Munster Post-Primary Schools Senior Football Championship favourites St Brendan’s, Killarney.
It leaves Rocco as the last Cork school standing in the competition, following Hammies and Coláiste Choilm's eliminations on Wednesday.
Cantwell completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute of an epic contest, which swung one way and then the next, before time finally caught up on a gallant Clonakilty side, minus Cork minor midfielder Jack Lawton due to a hamstring injury.
Rochestown looked to be hanging on for victory until Padraic Cullinane levelled matters with a point into the wind, five minutes into injury-time at the end of normal time.
The west Cork school led 1-6 to 0-5 approaching half-time in the first-half, following a fine Darragh Holland goal, but their opponents finished strongly.
Cantwell converted his first penalty after a foot block on Aaron Sheehy to reduce the margin to 1-6 to 1-4 at the break.
Cantwell grabbed his second goal after 34 minutes as Rochestown swept 2-7 to 1-7 in front entering the closing quarter.
But, they couldn’t score again, missing opportunities to make the game safe, and Clonakilty punished them, 2-7 to 1-10, forcing extra-time.
Substitute Harry Andrews finished well for Rochestown’s third goal in the second minute, but there was still only a point between the sides, 3-8 to 1-12, heading into the second period of extra-time.
Three quick-fire points, including two from Mark Harrington, nudged Rochestown four in front only for Adam Harte to hit a screamer for Clon’s second goal after 76 minutes.
The influential Alan O’Hare was pulled down for the second penalty, Cantwell scoring confidently, to finally break Clon’s resistance.
Scorers for Rochestown: A Cantwell 3-0 (2-0 pen), A Sheehy 0-4 (0-1 f), H Andrews 1-0, A O’Hare 0-3 (0-2 f), M Harrington 0-2, A Connolly and R Timon 0-1 each.
Clonakilty CC: R O’Donovan 0-5 (0-2 f), D Harte 1-1, D Holland 1-0, P Cullinane 0-3 (0-2 f), JP Eady 0-2, A McSweeney and A Hunt 0-1 each.
ST FRANCIS COLLEGE: C O’Leary (Douglas); M Harrington (Nemo Rangers), B McCarthy (Douglas), S Cummins (Cobh); P O’Halloran (Ballygarvan), N O’Connell (Cobh), S Andrews (Shamrocks), captain; A Cantwell (Douglas), S Aherne (do); S Fenton (Ballygarvan), A Connolly (St Michael’s), A O’Hare (Douglas); A Sheehy (do), S Harrington (Passage), R O’Halloran (Ballygarvan).
Subs: H Andrews (Shamrocks) for O’Halloran and C Donlon (Douglas) for S Harrington 60+2, R Timon (Nemo Rangers) for Connolly (extra-time), S Brady (Ballygarvan) for S Andrews injured 65, S Harrington for Fenton injured 79.
CLONAKILTY CC: C O’Donovan (Owen Gaels); C Dineen (Ibane Gaels), D Peet (Clonakilty), F Walsh (Ibane Gaels); D Holland (do), A Guinevan (do), D Harte (Owen Gaels); B White (Clonakilty), captain, J O’Regan (Carbery Rangers); S Walsh (Ibane Gaels), R O’Donovan (do), P Cullinane (Owen Gaels); C Cullinane (do), JP Eady (Carbery Rangers), A McSweeney (Ibane Gaels).
Subs: C Daly (Clonakilty) for McSweeney half-time, A Hunt (Clonakilty) for O’Regan 45, J Lynam (Owen Gaels) for White 51, White for C Cullinane 60, R O’Brien (Owen Gaels) for Dineen 64.
Referee: J Hayes (Limerick).