Colaiste Chriost Ri ended a sequence of four Kerry win’s in a row, when the Cork school beat Chorca Dhuibne in yesterday’s Corn Ui Mhuiri final at Lewis Road in Killarney.
Despite losing star midfielder Eoghan Finn right at the beginning, the Cork side regrouped and were thoroughly deserving winners. Finn was shouldered by Padraig O’Se as he fielded the throw in and although medical staff did their best to keep him in the game, they ultimately accepted defeat. O’Se, who is the son of Kerry legend, Paidi, was sent off for the challenge.
Even with a man less, Chorca Duibhne tried to the bitter end and but for a star performance from Chriost Ri full forward, Luke Connolly, the Kerry side could well have stolen this game. Connolly kicked the last seven points of the afternoon at a time when the Dingle side looked like getting back into the contest.
Eoin McGreevy’s first half goal was the turning point of the opening half and helped his side go to the break with a commanding 1-4 to 0-2 lead. While lesser teams may well have admitted defeat, Chorca Dhuibne came out with all guns blaing after the restart and Tom Kavanagh scored a goal for the Kerry side right from the throw in. The same player added a point, and with Seamus Dempsey, Dara O Se and Jack O’Sullivan doing likewise the 14 men went a point ahead after 40 minutes(1-6 to 1-5).
However, Luke Connolly then levelled for the Cork side, and he was the games only scorer in the final minutes, adding six further scores to his side’s tally.
Scorers – Col Chriost Ri: L Connolly 0-9 (5f, 2 ’45s), E Mc- Greevy 1-1, J Philpott 0-2f. PS Chorca Dhuibhne: T O Caomhanaigh 1-2 (1f), S O Diomsaigh 0-3 (2f), D O Se, J O Suilleabhain 0-1 each
Chriost Ri – J Kerins; M Lyons, K Fulignati, D O’Keeffe; E Dennehy, T Lawrence, S Cronin; S O’Keeffe, E Finn; A Nolan, E McGreevy, P Fitzgerald; C Dalton, L Connolly, J Philpott. Subs: C Madden for E Finn (inj, 1), I Lucey for D O’- Keeffe (40), G Joyce for C Madden (56).
Chorca Dhuibne – G O Currain; P O Dubhain, C O Luing, P O Conchuir; P O Se, C O Gealbhain, A Raoill; R O Beaglaoich, T O Se; D de Brun, D O Se, E O Conchuir; S O Diomsaigh, T O Caomhanaigh, J O Suilleabhain. Subs: M O Caomhanaigh for C O Gealbhain (inj 36), S O Grifin for D de Brun (50)
Referee – R Moloney (Limerick)