Roco Senior Hurling Champs In Historic Win
This article appeared in The Irish Examiner 18/12/2014 By Therese O’Callaghan
St Francis College, Rochestown 2-9 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG 1-6
St Francis College, Rochestown finished with a flourish to claim their first O’Callaghan Cup (Cork PPS SAH final) at Cork IT Sports Complex last evening.
In a low-scoring, but ultra-competitive encounter, the Roco boys pulled clear against a Gaelcholáiste Mhuire side that were involved right to the end.
There was little between the teams in the opening half. Dayne Lee showed a nice touch early on to fire a goal for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire but St Francis College’s Ciarán Cormack scored a goal on the stroke of half-time.
Having ended 1-3 apiece at the break, St Francis College restarted with three points in quick succession from Sean Powter, Kingston and Cormack to edge ahead, and when Powter scored a goal in the 38th minute, the Rochestown side were in control and ran out winners by six points.
Scorers for St Francis College: C Cormack (1-5, four frees), S Powter (1-1), D O’Mahony, S Kingston and M McAuliffe (0-1 each).
Scorers for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire: D Ó Laoi (1-0), D Ó Conaing (0-3 frees), E Ó Siocháin, É Ó Conaing (65m) and R Ó Meara (0-1 each).
ST FRANCIS COLLEGE: A Cullinane (Douglas); D Murphy (Douglas), D Griffin (Carrigaline), N Walsh (Douglas); D Kelleher (Cobh), J Cashman (Blackrock), C Sheehan (Douglas); E O’Brien (Douglas), J O’Sullivan (Blackrock); C Cormack (Blackrock), D O’Mahony (Douglas), S Kingston (Douglas); P Lynch (Blackrock), S Powter (Douglas), L O’Sullivan (Blackrock).
Subs: J Holland (Douglas) for L O’Sullivan (42), M McAuliffe (Douglas) for P Lynch (49).
GAELCHOLÁISTE MHUIRE AG: D Ó Conaill (Na Piarsaigh); É O Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), C Ó Suilleabháin (Na Piarsaigh), R Ó Meara (Na Piarsaigh); A Breathnach (Na Piarsaigh), B Ó Ceallacháin (Na Piarsaigh), A Ó Donnabháin (Glen Rovers); L Ó Cochlan (Glen Rovers), E Ó Laoire (Na Piarsaigh); P de Faoite (Glen Rovers), D Ó Laoi (Na Piarsaigh), K Ó hEathairn (Na Piarsaigh); C Ó hAinifin (Capt, Na Piarsaigh), D Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), E Ó Siocháin (Na Piarsaigh).
Subs: D Braham (Glen Rovers) for K Ó hEathairn, J Ó Muireasa (Na Piarsaigh) for C Ó Suilleabháin (both half-time), C O’Suilleabháin for E Ó Laoire (54), A Ó Suilleabháin (Glen Rovers) for P de Faoite (55).
Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline).