Críost Rí bow out of Corn Uí Mhuirí despite gutsy display

The Cork school were unlucky not to goal twice during a crucial spell during the second half
Críost Rí bow out of Corn Uí Mhuirí despite gutsy display

Coláiste Chríost Rí's Dan Kennedy battles Mercy Mopunthawk's Christopher Nolan and Stephen Osubor-Kennedy at John Mitchels GAA Grounds, Tralee. Picture: Don MacMonagle

Mercy Mounthawk Tralee 1-7
Coláiste Chríost Rí 0-3

COLÁISTE Chríost Rí bowed out of the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Post-Primary Schools SFC) when going down to a well-drilled Mercy Mounthawk at John Mitchells Grounds in Tralee on Wednesday.

On the same afternoon, Coláiste na Sceilge edged St Francis College, Rochestown, 3-8 to 3-6, while Coláiste Choilm versus Skibbereen CS was postponed.

Clonakilty Community College are through to the quarter-final after beating Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-12 to 1-6; Hamilton Highschool take on St Flannan's on Friday.

This was a very strange game. The winners dominated the first half and led by 0-7 to 0-0 at the interval, but could only add one more score on the resumption, a 56th-minute goal from Odhran Ferris.

Críost Rí took 36 minutes to register their opening score courtesy of the busy Ruairí Hogan, who never stopped trying throughout, but they cursed their bad luck during an important six-minute spell.

First, a powerful run through the middle from centre-forward Stephen Osubor-Kennedy after 45 minutes looked like yielding a much-needed goal only for Mounthawk keeper, Sean Broderick, one of three recent Kerry minors on view, denied him with a smart save.

A goal then would have done wonders for an ever-improving Turner's Cross side, who knew it wasn't going to be their day, when Osubor-Kennedy's fly-kick rebounded from the base of an upright in the 51st minute with Broderick beaten.

Mercy Mounthawk's Joey Nagle breaks away from Coláiste Chríost Rí's Ruairí Hogan. Picture: Don MacMonagle
Mercy Mounthawk's Joey Nagle breaks away from Coláiste Chríost Rí's Ruairí Hogan. Picture: Don MacMonagle

To compound matters, Mounthawk went downfield to make the game safe with their only score of the second half, Ferris netting at the second attempt after Callum Sexton did well to stop his initial effort.

Mounthawk dominated the first half with centre-back Joey Nagle and midfielder Robert Monaghan stand-out figures, reflecting their status as former wearers of the county jersey.

Críost Rí couldn't buy a score at the other end with Cork minor Ross Corkery's long-range free dropping the wrong side of the post.

Mounthawk's wide count drifted to 11 on the resumption as Críost Rí sensed there was something in it for them especially Oisin Whyte and a Corkery free brought them to within four points.

They needed a slice of luck, but didn't get it with Osubor-Kennedy left frustrated on those two occasions.

Scorers for Mercy Mounthawk: O Ferris 1-2, S Brosnan 0-2, D O'Connor, R Monaghan 0-1 each, C Nolan 0-1 f.

Críost Rí: R Hogan, O Whyte 0-1 each, R Corkery 0-1 f.

MERCY MOUNTHAWK: S Broderick; E McCarthy, D Bowler, D Jeffers; E Foley, J Nagle, A Doyle; D O'Sullivan, R Monaghan; O Ferris, S Brosnan, C Nolan; D O'Connor, D McEvoy, J Kearney.

Críost Rí's Billy O'Neill tackled by Mercy Mounthawk's Jack Kearney. Picture: Don MacMonagle
Críost Rí's Billy O'Neill tackled by Mercy Mounthawk's Jack Kearney. Picture: Don MacMonagle

Subs: N Collins for O'Connor injured 10, C Litchfield for Foley 49, D Caplis for McEvoy 52, C O'Donovan for Kearney 58.

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: C Sexton (St Finbarr's); O Whyte (Sliabh Rua), S Kennedy (St Finbarr's), S O'Donovan (Ballygarvan); D Kennedy (St Finbarr's), captain, D Dwane (do), B O'Neill (Nemo Rangers); C Cusack (do), C Molloy (do); C Doolan (St Finbarr's), S Osubor-Kennedy (do), R Deasy (Sliabh Rua); R Hogan (Nemo Rangers), R Corkery (do), S Dawson (do).

Subs: A Petrovs (Nemo Rangers) for Deasy half-time, J Kennefick (St Finbarr's) for Dawson 44, K McGorry (Nemo Rangers) for Molloy 56.

Referee: G Kerins (Austin Stacks).

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