Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A Football Semi-Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-11 St Gerald’s College Castlebar 2-2

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne defeated St Gerald’s College Castlebar by 2-11 to 2-2 in the Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A Football Semi-Final on Saturday March 29th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

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Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne seal Hogan Cup final spot with 9-point win

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-11 St Gerald’s, Castlebar 2-2

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POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE booked a place in the Hogan Cup final on April 12 by defeating St Gerald’s Castlebar at McDonagh Park, Nenagh.
A clash with St Patrick’s, Maghera awaits for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, who are managed by Kerry senior boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Chorca Dhuibhne, who have won three Corn Uí Mhúirí titles on the spin, settled quickly as Séamus O’Muircheartaigh (2), Conchúir O’Géibheannaigh, and Cathal O’Bambaire all landed fine points. But Gerald’s pinched an opportunistic goal against the run of the play in the 15th minute when Gareth Dunne, a significant threat, rattled the Chorca Dhuibhne net.

Máitiú O’Flatharta replied with a point for Chorca Dhuibhne, but Gerald’s reacted sharply to add a second goal in the 17th minute.
Ryan Collins’ clever hand pass released Dunne, who scorched clear to blast another major for the Connacht standard bearers.
Philip Ruddy and Brian O’Raoil swapped delightful long range points as Gerald’s led by one five minutes before the break. Chorca Dhuibhne, though, finished the opening period strongly reeling off 2-3 without reply including two gorgeous goals from Tomás O’Sé and O’Géibheannaigh as the Kerry side went in seven ahead. After the restart Chorca Dhuibhne, with midfielder Barra O’Suilleabháin immense, were never seriously troubled as Gerald’s were unable to find a way back into the reckoning.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Conchúir O’Géibheannaigh 1-3 (2fs), Tomás O’Sé 1-0, SeamusO’Muircheartaigh 0-3 (1f, 145) Cathal O’Bambaire 0-1, Maitiú O’Flatharta 0-1, Barra O’Suilleabháin 0-1, Brian O’Raoil 0-1, Marc O’Conchúir 0-1.

Scorers for St Gerald’s, Castlebar: Gareth Dunne 2-0, Philip Ruddy 0-1, Daire Morrin 0-1.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Dáithí O’Conchúir; Conchúir Ó’Súilleabháin, Brian O’Beaglaoich, Tom Ó’Súilleabháin; Máitiú O’Flatharta, Caoimhín O’Beaglaoich, Seán Ó’Gairbhia; Barra Ó’Súilleabháin, Marc Ó’Conchúir; Roibeard Ó’Sé, Brian Ó’Raoil, Séamus
O’Muircheartaigh; Conchúir Ó’Géibheannaigh, Cathal Ó’Bambaire, Tomás O’Sé.
Subs: Gareth O’Brosnacháin for O’Raoil (47 mins), Seán O’Bambaire for C O’Bambaire (49 mins), Cian O’Murchú for O’Gairbhia (55 mins), Brian O’Murchú for O’Muircheartaigh 56 mins), Tadhg de Brún for O’Sé (60 mins).

St Gerald’s, Castlebar: Cian Mitchell; Colum Dravins, Patrick Bourke, Sean Kelly; Daire Morrin, Michael Hall, Sean Conlon; Matthew Ruane, Diarmuid Gibbons; Ryan Collins, Michael Plunkett, Stephen McDermott; Philip Ruddy, Gareth Duane, Johnny Maughan.
Subs: Dylan Cannon for Collins (31 mins), James McGinty for McDermott (43 mins), Eoghan Grady for Gibbons (46 mins), Jarlath O’Malley for Ruane (55 mins).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Hurling Niall McInerney Cup Final – Kilkenny CBS 1-7 Midleton CBS (Cork) 0-7

Kilkenny CBS defeated Midleton CBS (Cork) by 1-7 to 0-7 in the Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Hurling Niall McInerney Cup Final on Saturday March 29th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Sheehan goal seals glory for Kilkenny CBS

Kilkenny CBS 1-7 Midleton CBS 0-7

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Bill Sheehan’s first-half goal allowed Kilkenny CBS capture the Niall McInerney Cup on an afternoon of piercing wind and lashing rain at Fraher Field. The victors failed to register in the second half against the breeze but they had completed the heavy lifting in establishing an eight-point advantage beforehand and defended their lead under sustained Midleton pressure.

Kilkenny CBS more than merited a 1-7 to 0-2 first-half advantage. They moved four clear (0-5 to 0-1) after 18 minutes. Andrew Gaffney posted two, with Chris Kavanagh, Mark Drennan and Sean Bolger all striking singles. On 22 minutes, Mark Drennan lobbed a long-range free into the goalmouth and after a scramble, corner-forward Bill Sheehan netted. Sheehan tacked on a further point to see them leave as eight point front-runners.

Midleton shot four points in seven second half minutes. Brendan McCarthy landed a smashing free from his own ’65’ and that was followed by three on the trot from Garan Manley. Corner-forward John Looney created a Midleton goal chance but a combination of centre-back Conor Doheny and goalkeeper Eoin Byrne swatted away for a 65.

Manley brought it back to three but the Cork school were unable to maintain their momentum and rued misses from placed balls. Kilkenny CBS survived the loss of Andrew Gaffney to injury and defended firmly.

Scorers –
Kilkenny CBS: B Sheehan 1-1; A Gaffney 0-2 (1f); M Drennan, C Kavanagh, J Quinn, S Bolger 0-1 each. Midleton CBS: G Manley 0-5 (4fs); B McCarthy (f), J Beausang 0-1 each.

Kilkenny CBS – E Byrne; R Crotty, S Mahony, C Ryan; C Fitzpatrick, C Doheny, M Drennan; C Kavanagh, J Quinn; A Gaffney, J Leahy, J McEvoy; S Bolger, R O’Driscoll, B Sheehan. Subs: D Wall for Gaffney (43), R Murphy for Quinn (54).

Midleton CBS – R Walsh; E Leahy, C Hegarty, M Millerick; D Harrington, S Smith, S O’Connor; B McCarthy, C Parker; K Moynihan, J McDonnell, G Manley; K Treacy, J Beausang, J Looney. Subs: D Crotty for Parker (28), E Moloney for Moynihan (47), P O’Brien for Treacy (50).

Ref – F Horgan (Tipperary)

Kilkenny CBS 1-7 Midleton CBS 0-7

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KILKENNY CBS are the All-Ireland Colleges Junior hurling champions after victory over Midleton CBS in Dungarvan. However, the were made to fight all the way by the Cork school. In less-than-ideal conditions in the Fraher Field, the Kilkenny side raced into a 1-7 to 0-2 half-time lead, thanks to a very significant wind.

However, while Midleton fought back gamely in the second-half, they couldn’t find the goal they needed to bring themselves back into the contest and so it is Kilkenny CBS that will lift it’s first Niall McInerney Cup since 1981.

Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Semi Final – Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) 2-9 Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew (Galway) 2-8

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) defeated Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew (Galway) by 2-9 to 2-8 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Semi Final on Saturday March 29th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Colaiste Choilm (Ballincollig) 2-9 Holy Rosary (Mountbellew) 2-8

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Colaiste Choilm are through to the Paddy Drummond Cup final in Croke Park after a narrow one point win over Holy Rosary in Nenagh on Saturday.
Holy Rosary led by as much as 1-4 to no score early on as they looked to book their place in the All Ireland Senior ‘B’ football final but a Conor Hughes goal sparked the Cork side into life and the sides went into half-time level at 1-5 apiece.
Cian Kiely raised the green flag for Ballincollig to give them a four point lead late on and though Michael Daly bagged his second goal of the game in the closing stages, it was too little too late for the Mountbellew school.

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