Comhgáirdeachas le Pobal Scoil Corca Dhuibhne

Comhgáirdeachas le Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne as an bua láidir a bhí acu Dé Domhnaigh nuair a bhuadar ar De La Salle Ma 2-10 to 0-08. Bronn Seán Breathnach Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan Corn Uí Mhuirí ar Captain na fóirne Padráig Ó Sé.

Munster Colleges Corn Ui Mhuiri Final

Historic first Corn Ui Mhuiri for PS Chorca Dhuibhne with another Ó Sé leading the way

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-10 De La Salle Macroom 0-8
By Murt Murphy for 

An explosive start from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, laid the foundations for a historic first Munster Colleges Corn Ui Mhuiri victory over De La Salle Macroom, in this entertaining final, played at the Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney, and is some compensation for last years galling loss at the same stage.

pobalscoil4.jpgLast year, the final left PS Chorca Dhuibhne and in particular young Padráig Óg Ó Sé  with a bitter taste, but this time around  Padráig Óg Ó Sé  captained the side from centre back and played a leading role in the Dingle side's success.  Ó Sé   was the fulcrum of this win - indeed this campaign and his team -mates all made massive contributions as PS Chorca Dhuibhne rose magnificently to the occasion and fashioned a famous victory that brought tears to the eyes of all of us who knew and loved the late Liam Higgins - who would have been a proud man to see the school win the coveted Corn Uí Mhuirí but it was lovely to hear afterwards that he was not forgotten in the Chorca Dhuibhne dressing room.

PS Chorca Dhuibhne began in whirlwind fashion and raced 0-4 to 0-0 in front inside the opening six minutes, with a succession of points from Dara Ó Sé, Jack Ó  Suilleabháin, S O hUallacháin and T O Caomhanaigh.
Despite two rapid points from Macroom full-forward Daniel Twomey, PS Chorca Dhuibhne were on top at midfield thanks to towering displays from Barra Ó Suilleabháin and Eanna  Ó  Conchuir and the game was decided in the a four minute spell from the 16th to the 20th minute, when firstly Ó Conchuir batted down the ball for Brian Ó  Raoill to shoot to the Macroom net and then points followed from Ó Caomhanaigh and Dara  Ó Sé as PS Chorca Dhuibhne led 1-7 to 0-3 at the interval, but Macroom would have the strong wind for the second period.

cornuimhuiri2.jpgMacroom fought back in the third quarter but the West Kerry sides defence superbly marshalled by Padraig  Ó Sé refused to concede a goal an though Macroom tacked on four unanswered points in the third quarter to close the gap to three, the introduction of Tomas  Ó Sé  made a difference and an inspirational point from corner back Tomas Ó Suilleabháin and Shane ÓhUallacháin goal in the 58th minute ensured history was made and PS Chorca Dhuibhne join, St Brendan's, Tralee CBS, Killorglin and Colaiste Na Sceilge to become the fifth Kerry college to win the coveted Corn Ui Mhuiri.

Chorca Dhuibhne boss John Flannery delighted with historic wins
By Murt Murphy
John Flannery had been waiting twelve months for last Sunday to arrive and he wanted to have one more shot at winning the Corn Ui Mhuiri because events of twelve months later had left a sour taste - Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne lost a player after fifty seconds and felt with a full hand that they would have beaten Chriost Ri.

Flannery was thrilled with the performance "It did not feel comfortable in the second half. We had a very good first half but we wasted a few chances and we probably should have got a few more scores. We were happy enough going in seven points up but we knew Macroom were going to come back at us because they are a good team and I think they showed that today. What happens in those type of games is that a team puts in a huge effort in trying to get back in the game and they run out of steam late on and you are going to get a few chances and that is what we got took the them thankfully"

cormuimhuiri5.jpgFlannery admitted that when Macroom brought it back to three points in the third quarter, the nervous tension was the order of the day "I will admit that when they closed the gap to three points in the second half, I was getting a bit nervous all right. All we were afraid off is that they might get a goal because we felt that if they did not get the goal, we would hold them out. We countered well and got a few scores and I thought that Tom O'Sullivan, our corner back got a great score - I thought that was a great morale boosting score and soon after that we got the goal and then we were able to introduce a few subs and give them a run on final day"

The historic nature of the win was not lost on coach Flannery as Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne became the fifth Kerry college to win the Corn Ui Mhuiri " It a massive achievement and occasion for the school. When I was in school we never got to the stage where we are now preparing for an All-Ireland semi final - In my time we won two B All-Irelands' which were massive achievements. When you win those, you then want to move up and win the Corn Ui Mhuiri. We have been trying now for the bones of ten years and there were fellows before me and they put in a huge effort but just came up short. I would like to mention all the lads who trained the teams over the past five or six years and put in the same effort and it did not just work out for them. But yes its huge for the school - it's a huge achievement and we are delighted."

Flannery felt that the good start was half the battle "We were up four points against Tralee and they came back at us so I did not expect us to run away with the game because Macroom are a good side. I did feel that we take the foot off the pedal at one stage; Fellows did get a small bit complacent and lackadaisical but we did go in seven points up. Its dangerous place to be in a dressing room at half time with a seven point lead and though I would prefer it to being seven points down but its tough keeping the lads from thinking the work is done. We struggled around the middle early in the second half but once we starting winning ball there again and getting ball to our forwards - they were dangerous enough and thankfully we got the scores at the end"

De La Salle manager Eric Graham was disappointed at the end result but he was understandably proud of his side after their brave if unsuccessful second-half fight-back.
"We're very proud of that bunch of players. Another team would have thrown in the towel at half-time, being seven points down in a Munster final. But they showed great character and belief.

"We're obviously very disappointed. There's nothing like getting to a Munster final and then being beaten. I'm gutted for the lads really. Having gone in at half-time seven points down, we asked them to dig deep and show belief that the match was not over.

"I thought they did that with the way they played in the second-half. They tried their level best and for a time there, I thought they were doing enough."

Sportingly Graham was loud in his praise the performance of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, in particular their control in the first-half and admitted on the day, the best side won

"Credit to Dingle, they settled near the end, came back and got the few vital scores.

They fully deserved winners. You have to look at Dingle in the first-half, they really were very strong.

"They won a lot of possession around the middle and we found it very hard to get into the game, particularly playing against a very strong breeze. They looked very good in the first-half but I think the wind had a lot to do with it. You can pin a team back into their own half when you've the wind, get a lot of possession and get a few scores."

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: S Ó hUallacháin 1-1, D Ó Sé 0-4 (3fs), B Ó Raoill 1-0, T Ó Ciobháin, J Ó Súilleabháin 0-2 each, T Ó Súilleabháin 0-1.

Scorers for De La Salle (Macroom): D Twomey 0-2, C Vaughan, J Murphy, J Moynihan, D Kelly, P Lucey (f), P Kelleher 0-1 each.

PS CHORCA DHUIBHNE: G Ó Curráin (Dingle); P Ó Conchúir (Dingle), C Ó Luing (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Súilleabháin (Dingle); P Ó Dubháin (Dingle), P Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), M Ó Flatharta (Dingle); B Ó Súilleabháin (Dingle), E Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht); B Ó Raoill (Lispole), D Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), J Ó Súilleabháin (Dingle); S Ó hUallacháin (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Ciobháin (Lispole), M Ó Flannúra (Dingle).

Subs: T Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) for B Ó Súilleabháin (41), C Ó Bambaire (Dingle) for Ó Flannúra (60), and M S Ó Grifin (Lispole) for Ó hUallacháin (60), D Ó Súilleabháin (Lispole) for Ó Raoill (60).

DE LA SALLE (MACROOM): D Dineen (Macroom); S Kelleher (Aghinagh), D Kelly (Macroom), K Manning (Iveleary); S O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue), S O'Leary (Iveleary), F Buck (Kilmichael); P Kelleher (Kilmichael), C Vaughan (Iveleary); P Berhanu (Kilmurry), J Moynihan (Canovee), P Lucey (Macroom); J Murphy (Macroom), D Twomey (Kilmichael), D Horgan (Macroom).

Subs: B O'Leary (Iveleary) for Berhanu (38).

Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick).

Thanks to Tom O'Donoghue St Kierans GAA  for photos :