Coláiste Chríost Rí (Cork) 1-14
Tralee CBS (Kerry) 2-11
Denis Hurley reports from Baile Bhúirne
There will be a third game in the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final saga between Coláiste Chríost Rí and Tralee CBS after Michael Kelliher’s free five minutes into injury time at the end of extra time earned the Kerry school a draw at Baile Bhúirne this afternoon.
As they had done at the end of normal time, Tralee found themselves chasing the game and looked to have lost their last chance when Tomás O’Connor’s shot was waved just wide.
To Críost Rí’s disbelief, play continued and when Gearoid Fitzgerald was fouled, Kelliher converted, with referee Kevin Walsh and his officials leaving the field to a barrage of queries as to the amount of injury time.
The scenes at the end – both sets of players had to be separated – shouldn’t overshadow what had been a second successive excellent game between the teams.
In Mallow last week, each had had periods of dominance and it was the same here. A lucky early goal from David Fitzmaurice gave Tralee a cushion and Kelliher’s penalty put them 2-4 to 0-4 ahead as half-time approached.
Críost Rí had an instant response with a Darragh Kelly goal and Mark Cronin reduced the margin to two points by half-time before they pushed on, with Cillian Myers Murray giving a clinic in free-taking.
They led by two as the end of normal time neared, but Tomás O’Connor’s free gave hope to Tralee and then, after a Críost Rí defensive free was overturned for time-wasting, they won a free of their own, which Tom Hoare converted to force extra time.
Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: Cillian Myers Murray 0-8 (0-7 frees), Mark Cronin 0-4 (0-2 frees), Darragh Kelly 1-0, Jack Ryan, Daniel Lucey 0-1 each.
Scorers for Tralee CBS: Michael Kelliher 1-3 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free), David Fitzmaurice 1-0, Kieran Dwyer, Tom Hoare (0-2 each, frees), Tomás O’Connor, Joe O’Connor, Gearóid Fitzgerald, Dáire Keane 0-1 each.
Coláiste Chríost Rí
1. Darragh Moran (St Finbarr’s)
2. Andre McGowan (Nemo Rangers)
3. Barry Cripps (Nemo Rangers)
24. Ethan Varian (St Finbarr’s)
12. Jack O’Brien (St Finbarr’s)
5. Mark Hitchmough (Shamrocks)
7. Darragh Kelly (Douglas)
8. Jack Ryan (Sliabh Rua)
9. Kyle Forde (Nemo Rangers)
14. Mark Brosnan (Carrigaline)
13. Daniel Lucey (Mayfield)
10. Joe Coughlan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
6. Ronan Dalton (Nemo Rangers)
15. Cillian Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s)
20. Luke Hannigan (St Finbarr’s) for Coughlan (43)
18. Jack O’Brien (Nemo Rangers) for Dalton (70)
1. Shane Foley (Kerins O’Rahillys)
4. Jack Myres (John Mitchels)
3. Tommy Lynch (St Pat’s, Blennerville)
2. Brandon Patterson (Austin Stacks)
5. John Walsh (Knocknagoshel)
22. Niall O’Mahoney (Na Gaeil)
10. Seán Donnellan (Churchill)
8. Joe O’Connor (Austin Stacks)
11. Tom Hoare (Kerins O’Rahillys)
9. Tomás O’Connor (Ballymacelligott)
6. Kieran Dwyer (St Pat’s, Blennerville)
7. Michael Scanlon (Castlegregory)
12. David Fitzmaurice (Austin Stacks)
14. Gearóid Fitzgerald (Austin Stacks)
15. Michael Kelliher (John Mitchels)
19. Aaron Roche (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Fitzmaurice (48)
24. Dáire Keane (Ballymacelligott) for Scanlon (59)
Referee: Kevin Walsh (Clare)
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