WATCH: CBC show how hurling is catching up with rugby in the school as they lift Cork U16 A title

WATCH: CBC show how hurling is catching up with rugby in the school as they lift Cork U16 A title
Barry Long, Cork Post-Primary Schools, presenting the cup to Conor Murphy, captain of CBC. Picture: Denis Minihane.

John Horgan

Hurling

CBC 1-12 St Colman’s, Fermoy 0-11

CBC took another significant step up the hurling ladder by claiming the Cork Colleges U16 A Championship at Watergrasshill.

In a school far more renowned for its rugby exploits, this latest victory illustrates the work now being put in on the hurling front and team mentors Donal O’Mahony, Eoin O’Sullivan and Tony Wall were delighted at the outcome here. They were worthy winners too, leading for nearly the entire contest played in difficult, greasy conditions. 

St Colman’s were first on the board, courtesy of a point from Pádraigh O’Flynn but thereafter it was CBC who took a firm grip on the proceedings and they were never behind after that. They played with the aid of a substantial breeze in the first half hour and took full advantage of it, going into the dressing room 0-9 to 0-2 up.

The outstanding Shane Barrett in the number eight jersey contributed 0-5 of that tally, both from the placed ball and from open play and he was a hugely influential figure throughout. Pádraigh Power delivered a fine brace of points too in that opening period and Patrick McBarron did likewise. Defensively, they coped well too over the hour with Eoghan Doody, Cillian O’Donovan and Jack O’Shea among those to the forefront. 

St Colman’s two points in the opening half were secured by O’Flynn and at half-time they found themselves with a lot of work ahead of them.

Dane O’Neill got one back for them when the sides resumed but that was cancelled out by a superb effort from Robbie Cotter for CBC. Then came the game’s defining moment in the 42nd minute when sub Mark O’Connor drilled home a CBC goal, a score that left St Colman’s with a mountain to climb. To be fair to them they stayed at it and two points from Darragh O’Leary kept the board ticking over for them.

O’Connor pointed for CBC before St Colman’s fired over a quartet of unanswered points from Cian Hogan, with two and O’Neill with two more. The margin was down to five points now before Barrett eased any worries that CBC might be having by splitting the posts again.

As the minutes went by it became increasingly obvious that St Colman’s required a goal to make a real battle of it for their city opponents. But the CBC defence held their ground with goalkeeper Cian Long doing well at various times.

CBC keeper Cian Long clearing the ball downfield as he is challenged by Dylan Collins of St Colman's. Picture: Denis Minihane.
CBC keeper Cian Long clearing the ball downfield as he is challenged by Dylan Collins of St Colman's. Picture: Denis Minihane.

O’Leary added a few points for St Colman’s but it wasn’t enough and the title deservedly went to Christians. Over the hour they played the better hurling, were always composed in defence and they had more penetration in front of goal. Their decision to play with the wind in the opening half was a wise one too and they had constructed a nice advantage by half-time.

Scorers for CBC: S Barrett 0-6 (0-2f), M O’Connor 1-1, P McBarron, P Power 0-2 each, R Cotter 0-1.

St Colman’s: D O’Leary 0-4, D O’Neill 0-3f, P O’Flynn 0-2, C Hogan 0-2.

CBC: C Long (Glen Rovers); J O’Shea (Erin’s Own), D Murphy (Sarsfields), C Cremin (Blackrock); E Doody (Blarney), C O’Donovan (Douglas), J O’Connor (Ballincollig); S Barrett (Blarney), C Murphy (Sarsfields); P McBarron (Carrigaline), M Buckley (Inniscarra), N Hartnett (Douglas); R Cotter (Blackrock), P Power (Blarney), T O’Connell (Na Piarsaigh).

Subs: M O’Connor (Erin’s Own) for J O’Connor, A McCarthy (Cobh) for T O’Connell, F Clancy (Nemo Rangers) for Cotter.

ST COLMAN’S: S Knox (Bride Rovers); D Daly (Fermoy), J Waters (Fermoy), C O’Brien (St Catherine’s); J Kenny (Castlelyons), M Quinn (Bride Rovers), C Roche (Fermoy); D O’Leary (Watergrasshill), J Carr (Fermoy); C Hogan (Bride Rovers), P O’Flynn (Bride Rovers), D Collins (Ballyhooly); D O’Neill (Castletownroche), A O’Brien (St Catherine’s), L Doocey (Castlelyons).

Subs: S Collins (Castlelyons) for O’Brien R McKenna (Watergrasshill) for Doocey.

Referee: J Larkin (Ballinora).

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