Rochestown (Cork) 2-11 West Clare Colleges 1-2
Led by outstanding midfielder Shane Kingston, Rochestown eased into the Munster U-15A colleges semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Thursday.
West Clare Colleges were competitive throughout the first half but missed some good scoring chances.
Rochestown led 1-4 to 0-1 at half-time, with Kingston scoring 1-3 of their total. He scored three points in the opening two minutes.
Full-forward David Killeen was West Clare Colleges only first-half scorer, pointing two minutes before half-time. However, centre-back Colm Pyne made two sweeping runs from centre-back, the first of which resulted in a 45 after he shot for goal. Minutes later, Pyne again rampaged forward but shot wide this time.
Thirteen minutes into the second half West Clare Colleges full-back Cathal Downes goaled from the penalty spot to reduce the deficit, 2-9 to 1-1. However, the same player had a second penalty saved in injury time. Centre-forward Shane O’Donoghue pointed West Clare Colleges only second half point from a free.
Shane Kingston and Liam Dineen scored all of Rochestown’s second half tally.
Niall McCarthy and Cathal Downes tried hard in the West Clare Colleges full-back line while Colm Pyne also gave it everything in the half-backs. Up front, Gary Stephens showed well in the first half while David Killeen and Cian Murphy also had a few good moments.
West Clare Colleges: Killian Roche; Niall McCarthy, Cathal Downes, David Kelly; George Bradley, Colm Pyne, Cathal Tighe; Thomas Crotty, Pearse Lillis; Cian Murphy, Shane O’Donoghue, Gary Stephens; Ben Cleary, David Killeen, Luke Kennedy.
Subs: Keith Marrinan for Luke Kennedy; Liam Culligan for Killian Roche; Jim Marrinan for Ben Cleary, David Foran for Thomas Crotty.
Scorers: Cathal Downes (1-0 pen), David Killeen (0-1), Shane O’Donoghue (0-1f).
Wides: 7; Frees won: 24; 45s: 2
Rochestown: Daniel O’Mahony; David Stack, Peter Stack, Adam Geaney; Seán Powter, David Griffin, James Hollan; Shane Kingston, Eoin O’Sullivan; Ryan Cantwell, Eoin O’Brien, Liam O’Sullivan; Liam Dineen, David Power, Ciaran Cormack.
Scorers: (1-6, 0-1f), Liam Dineen (1-4, 0-1f), Ciaran Cormack (0-1).
Wides: 9; Frees won: 15; 45s: 1