Coláiste Chríost Rí 0-8
Rochestown College 0-6
Denis Hurley reports from Church Road, Blackrock
CORK CAPTAIN PAUL Kerrigan saw his Coláiste Chríost Rí remain on course to end their five-year wait for a Corn Uí Mhuirí title as they edged past Rochestown College in a Cork derby at Church Road in Blackrock today.
Kerrigan is joint manager of the side with Brian Coughlan and their Chríost Rí charges advanced to a semi-final meeting with Tralee CBS, who include Kerry great Marc Ó Sé amongst their management.
In a tight game, Críost Rí looked to have moved into an unassailable lead when Mark Cronin put them 0-8 to 0-4 in front in the 46th minute, but they wouldn’t score again and Rochestown eked themselves back into contention.
While they had points from Dylan Ward and James Holland, though, the closest they came to a goal was when Cian Denn’s shot was brilliantly blocked down by Críost Rí full-back Barry Cripps.
Buoyed by the presence of many of last year’s Frewen Cup (U16½AFC) team, the Turner’s Cross school held out for the remainder to reach the last four.
Points from Matthew McAuliffe and Conor Russell twice put Rochestown ahead early on and, though Críost forged ahead through Cronin and Cillian Myers-Murray, solid ‘Roco’ defending kept them in touch at half-time, with 0-4 to 0-3 the score.
Holland tied matters on the resumption, but when Críost Rí scored four in a row, they looked safe. Ultimately, they were tested, but they met the challenge.
Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: Mark Cronin 0-3 (0-1 free), Cillian Myers Murray 0-2 (frees), Jack Ryan, Daniel Lucey Mark Brosnan 0-1 each.
Scorers for St Francis College: James Holland 0-3 (0-1 free), D Ward, C Russell, M McAuliffe 0-1 each.
Coláiste Chríost Rí
1. Darragh Moran (St Finbarr’s)
2. Andrew McGowan (Nemo Rangers)
3. Barry Cripps (Nemo Rangers)
4. John Corcoran (Nemo Rangers)
5. Mark Hitchmough (Shamrocks)
6. Peter Cummins (St Michael’s)
7. Darragh Kelly (Douglas)
8. Jack Ryan (Sliabh Rua)
9. Kyle Forde (Nemo Rangers)
10. Joe Coughlan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Daniel Lucey (Mayfield)
12. Jack O’Brien (St Finbarr’s)
13. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
14. Mark Brosnan (Carrigaline)
15. Cillian Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s).
17. Ronan Dalton (Nemo Rangers) for Forde (30, injured)
18. Jack O’Brien (Nemo Rangers) for Coughlan (58)
St Francis College Rochestown
1. David O’Keeffe (Douglas)
5. Eoghan Riordan (Carrigaline)
6. Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
3. Ross Ó Colmáin (St Michael’s)
2. Dylan Corkery (St Michael’s)
4. Dylan Ward (Douglas)
7. Joe Golden (St Michael’s)
8. Jack Lyons (Nemo Rangers)
10. Cian Denn (St Michael’s)
12. David Andrews (Shamrocks)
14. Matthew McAuliffe (Douglas)
13. James Holland (Douglas)
11. Conor Russell (Douglas)
15. Colin O’Mahony (Douglas)
18. Adam Hennessy (St Michael’s) for Golden (27, inj)
21. Seán Hilliard (Cobh) for Corkery (half-time)
22. Diarmaid Cormack (St Michael’s) for Andrews (45, inj)
19. Brendan Powter (Douglas) for Denn (57).
Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick).
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