St Colum’s 1-9, Tadhg MacCarthaigh 0-7
ST Colum’s captured an historic first ever South West junior A football championship crown last Friday evening following their five point win achieved against reigning champions Tadhg MacCarthaigh at Sam Maguire Park.
The Saints produced a wonderful opening half performance which enabled them to surprisingly brush aside the Caheragh challenge with relative ease. St Colum’s started in blistering fashion as they raced into a six point lead inside the opening quarter. Veteran forward John Paul O’Sullivan netted the goal following good approach play from the impressive Denis McSweeney.
It took the defending champions 21 minutes to record their opening score per Tadhg Deasy following a very lacklustre performance in the first half. The Saints in stark contrast were rampant as they produced a devastating attacking display.
Colum’s finished the opening half strongly with three successive points increasing their lead to seven points at the interval.
Tadhg MacCarthaigh produced a typically brave second half display with Cork junior star Colm O’Driscoll influential. Their relentless attacking play however was negated by a strong defensive performance by Colum’s for whom full back David O’Mahony in particular impressed.
The unerring accuracy of ace free taker Colm O’Sullivan maintained his sides championship hopes but Colum’s also possessed a significant attacking threat on the counter-attack. Super sub Sean O’Shea clinched victory with two late points.
There were euphoric scenes amongst the large Saints support when team captain was presented with the Mick McCarthy Cup by South West Board chairman John Corcoran.
St Colum’s resume championship action this Saturday afternoon when they play Garnish in a county quarter-final tie scheduled to be played in Adrigole.
There will be a comprehensive report on an historic night for St Colum’s with pictures and reactions from both camps in this week’s Southern Star.<
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