St Brogan’s College 3-12
Douglas CS 2-12
AN excellent team performance saw Bandon’s St Brogan’s College take the Cork Colleges Senior C title as they saw off Douglas CS recently.
In an entertaining game at the 3G pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Brogan’s had a dream start as Paul Hartnett’s delivery was finished to the Douglas net by Jason Cronin within 20 seconds of the game commencing.
The city side settled though, as Joseph Harte’s free was followed by Stephen St Ledger’s goal on six minutes. Tony Quinn levelled for Brogan’s but then goalkeeper Cian Farrell had to make the first of three important first-half saves, denying Luke O’Keeffe.
Harte pointed the resultant 65 but Quinn and Dylan O’Donovan had Bandon ahead by the end of the first quarter. Farrell was again called upon, denying Eamon Kiely, though Harte tied matters once, the score 1-3 each after 18 minutes.
Brogan’s full-forward and captain Aaron Holland had his team ahead again following a great catch and despite carrying a serious groin injury, the captain was to play a major role particularly in the second half when he moved further out the field.
By half-time, Brogan’s were 1-6 to 1-5 ahead, having shot five wides compared to 11 for their opponents. On the resumption, Andrew O’Connell pointed to level affairs again. Before Holland and Harte exchanged points. Then came the game’s key moment.
Persistent work by Cathal Wilson saw the sliothar break to Dylan O’Donovan, who embarked on a fine run before unleashing an unstoppable shot to the net. Immediately after that, Paul Hartnett bowed to temptation to go for goal, but his effort was excellently saved by Peter O’Brien at the expense of a 65 which was converted by Tony Quinn for a four-point lead.
However, the response from Douglas was swift and immediate. On 40 minutes, the impressive Andrew O’Connell goaled, and Joel Aderian followed up with two points. It was a test for Brogan’s, but one they passed.
Four of the next five scores came from the West Cork School, Holland had now moved out the field with Misko Savic using both his strength and height to act as a targetman. Holland, Hartnett and Cronin all pointed before substitute Seamus O’Sullivan hammered in goal number three.
Douglas did get the margin down to two but three minutes injury time the very impressive Dylan O’Donovan pointed and shortly after the final whistle sounded, to the delight of Brogan’s.
St Brogan’s College: D O’Donovan 1-3, J Cronin 1-2, A Holland, T Quinn 0-3 (1f, 1 65) each, S O Sullivan 1-0, P Hartnett 0-1.
Douglas CS: J Harte 0-7 (5f, 1 65), A O’Connell 1-1, J Anderian 0-3, S St Ledger 1-0, D Maher 1 (65).
St Brogan’s College: C Farrell (Bandon); C Burke (Bandon), J Crowley (Ahán Gaels), J Crowley (Courcey Rovers); D Buttimer (Newcestown), T Quinn (Bandon), G Hodge (Kilbrittain); N Desmond (Bandon), P Hartnett (Bandon); D O’Donovan (Bandon), M Savic (Valley Rovers), C Wilson (Newcestown); B O’Mahony (Bandon), A Holland (Kilbrittain, captain), J Cronin (Valley Rovers). Subs: J O’Sullivan (Newcestown) for O’Mahony (41), J Lyne (Ballinhassig) for Wilson (57).
Douglas CS (Douglas unless stated): P O’Brien (Blackrock); M Downey, D Maher (captain), D Cronin (Blackrock); D Kelly, D Harte, H Cummins; E Nash, E Kiely; L O’Keeffe, J Harte, J Anderian; A O’Connell, S St Ledger, KH Barry. Subs: D McCarthy for Barry (47), R Cregan for St Ledger (58).
Referee: D Kirwan (Éire Óg).