Pobalscoil are U15 C Munster Champions!
Heart and hurling win the day
Corn Sheamais Mhic Ghabhann (15 C H) Final
Venue: Knocklong 12:30 PM
Scariff Community College (3-5) v Pobail Scoil Na Trionóide, Youghal (1-12)
Congratulations to the u-15 hurling panel on their fantastic achievement in beating a talented team from Scariff Community College. As Westcourt Cup winners last year, we began the season confident that this team could make serious inroads in the championship. Confident but not complacent, given our loss by the narrowest of margins to Clonakilty in the quarter-finals of last year’s championship. This year’s full-back, Culann Geary, felt that our challenge match away to Midleton C.B.S. in September was a crucial stepping stone on our way to success in the championship. “We learnt a lot about ourselves in that victory against Midleton. We started to believe we have a chance against teams like that”, said Culann recently. Enda Cronin’s two points from his half-back position proved to be inspirational in what was an extremely tight game of entertaining hurling.
There were some one-sided victories in the earlier championship rounds, yet in the semi-final Scoil Ruain gave Pobalscoil a sterner test than the final score suggests (Scoil Ruain, 2-8, Pobalscoil 5-11). Overall, Pobalscoil kept their discipline in a game which over-heated at times, especially when we began to pull away from our frustrated opponents in the second half. Pobalscoil played to the whistle and let their hurling do the talking, and this stood to them in the final.
With Scariff winning their semi-final against Mitchelstown C.B.S with ease, our boys were under no illusions in the weeks leading up to the final; this would be Pobalscoil’s toughest challenge by far. Scariff were strong up the middle, but corner forward Oisin Hill was a constant torn in their side in the first half. Mark Dalton, never one to shirk the physical side of the game, also produced some excellent long range points in the first half, before moving from left-half forward to midfield, which Scariff had been dominating. Sean O’Riordan also began to assert himself at midfield, and due to the fact that Scariff were playing a sweeper, the middle third of the pitch was where the battle was at its fiercest and most congested for much of the game. Tom Dalton excelled at centre back during the first half and gave vital on-field leadership to his backline. At half time, Josh Fitzgerald was forced to retire from the game, having badly twisted his ankle.
Scariff went for the jugular right from the whistle, with a long ball played into their centre back, now playing in the full forward line. He hammered the sliotar home for a goal after just thirty seconds on the clock. But Pobalscoil did not panic, and when Scariff began to turn the screw, our team never gave any sign that they would wilt. Tom Dalton, now playing in a deeper role, was able to limit Scariff’s main attacking threat, while Coolan Geary stood up and was counted when he was most needed, as did Cian Kelly Carey. But really, there were leaders and warriors all over the pitch in those final few minutes, too many to mention here.
Well done to this year’s panel. You did yourselves, your families and your school proud.