Corn Uí Mhuirí Quarter-Final – St. Francis College Rochestown 1-9 Coláiste na Sceilge 2-4

St. Francis College Rochestown defeated Coláiste na Sceilge by 1-9 to 2-4 in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Under 18 1/2 A Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday January 21st at Knocknagree.



St Francis Rochestown’s quadruple dream gathering momentum

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Francis Rochestown 1-9 Coláiste na Sceilge 2-4

The prospect of an unprecedented quadruple remains alive for St Francis College, Rochestown as they got past Coláiste na Sceilge in the e Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-finals at Knockngagree yesterday. Before Christmas, the school won the O’Callaghan Cup, the top schools hurling title in Cork, and last week reached the Dr Harty Cup semi-finals. A clash with Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork football final, the Simcox Cup, awaits, too.

Despite not scoring a point until the 39th minute, Sceilge had come to within two points in the last minute of normal time. When their midfielder Mark Sugrue launched a delivery into Diarmuid Keating, it was a chance to win the game but, though he did well to create space for a chance, Rochestown’s Seán Powter made a heroic block on the line. It was the last big play of the game.

Rochestown selector Liam Sheehan knew that his team might have been denied, but he was satisfied with a well-executed second-half performance. “It was nip and tuck all the way through,” he said. “We kept it and worked the scores in the second-half, fellas used their heads whereas, in the first-half we tried to force it a bit. We’re just delighted to get over the line.”

The first-half was strange. Rochestown showed great incision at times but six wides hampered them. Though limited to just four attacks of substance, Coláiste na Sceilge mined two goals from them and at half-time they trailed by two, 1-5 to 2-0. While Shane Kingston, the shining light in the Rochestown attack, had opened the scoring, O’Dwyer struck for a third-minute goal after good work by Keating and Darren Casey. Ultimately, it would prove to be the only time they would lead.

Though Brian Sugrue was getting through a lot of work at midfield, the Kerry side were back on the back foot for much of it. While Sceilge full-back Anthony O’Driscoll stood out, a Kingston free was followed by an Evan Ryle goal for Rochestown, the attacker profiting after Liam O’Sullivan had cut through the cover. By the 17th minute, it was 1-4 to 1-0, but Sceilge stayed in touch thanks to their second goal. Sugrue launched the ball into Casey, who used his pace to good effect, and his ball across allowed Anthony Cournane an easy finish.

A Kingston free — his fourth point — ensured a Rochestown response and they should have pushed further clear, but three turnovers in the latter stages of the half failed to yield anything. Rochestown eased four points clear early in the second-half, Kingston with two more frees as well as having a shot off the crossbar. While Sceilge sub Jack Daly finally got their first point, a Rochestown replacement, Daniel Meaney, had two good points and brought composure around the middle.

The switching of Seán Powter onto Casey had limited the Sceilge attacker’s creativity, but points from Cournane (two) and Sugrue left them in touching distance. It was as close as they came and Rochestown can continue to dream.

Scorers for St Francis College, Rochestown: S Kington 0-6 (four frees), E Ryle 1-0, D Meaney 0-2, B McAuliffe 0-1.

Scorers for Coláiste na Sceilge: A Cournane 1-2 (two frees), A O’Dwyer 1-0, M Sugrue, J Daly 0-1.

ST FRANCIS COLLEGE, ROCHESTOWN: P Lynch (St Michael’s); N Walsh (Douglas), N Quirke (Carrigaline), D Murphy (Douglas); D Kelleher (Cobh), D Griffin (Carrigaline), S Powter (Douglas); E O’Brien (Douglas), L Dineen (Douglas); L O’Sullivan (St Michael’s), S Kingston (Douglas), E Ryle (Carrigaline); B McAuliffe (Douglas), M McAuliffe (Douglas), C Cormack (St Michael’s).
Subs: D Meaney (St Michael’s) for Murphy (half-time), K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Ryle (33, black card), C Sheehan (Douglas) for B McAuliffe (46), J Holland (Douglas) for Cormack (49), B Flahive (Douglas) for M McAuliffe (58), S Collins (Douglas) for O’Sullivan (60).

COLÁISTE NA SCEILGE: E O’Sullivan (St Michael’s/Foilmore); S O’Connor (Dromid Pearses), A O’Driscoll (Skellig Rangers), A Curran (Renard); B Murphy (Skellig Rangers), B Sugure (Renard), G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses); M Sugure (Renard), S Lynch (Valentia); A O’Dwyer (Waterville), D O’Donoghue (Dromid Pearses), B O’Connell (St Michael’s/Foilmore); D Casey (St Mary’s), A Cournane (St Mary’s), D Keating (Skellig Rangers).
Subs: J Daly (St Michael’s) for Lynch (half-time), K Farrelly (Dromid Pearses) for O’Dwyer (34, black card), N Brennan (St Michael’s) for O’Donoghue (50, injured).

Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)


When – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm

Where – Knocknagree

Referee – Derek O Mahoney

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.


For the Record

St Francis College Rochestown Colaiste na Sceilge
2014 / 2015 Team Management Liam Sheehan, Eamonn Hennessey, Liam O Murchu Trainer – John Dorgan; Selectors – Buddy O’Shea & John Noel O’Shea
2013 / 2014 Corn Uí Mhuirí Performance Lost out in the Group stages on score difference Qualified for the Quarter-Final where they lost to St Fachtnas Skibbereen by 2-6 to 0-6
2013 / 2014 Frewen Cup Under 16 ½ A Football Performance Won the Frewen Cup with a 3-12 to 2-14 victory over St. Brendans Killarney Lost to I S Killorglin by 2-9 to 1-10
Number of Corn Uí Mhuirí titles 1 4
Last Corn Uí Mhuirí Title 1950 2009

Corn Uí Mhuirí Quarter-Final Fixtures

A         Rochestown V Col Na Sceilige – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Knocknagree – Referee: Derek O Mahoney

B         St Brendans Killarney V HS Clonmel – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Mallow   – Referee: Kevin Walsh

C         Clonakilty CC V IS Killorglin – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Clondroihid – Refeee: Richard Moloney

D         PS Chorca Dhuibhne V Tralee CBS – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Dr Crokes            – Referee: Eddie Walsh

Please note that the A fixture will face B in semi-final and C fixture will play the fixture D winners.


Team Panels

St. Francis College Rochestown

Name (English) Club
Liam O’Sullivan Blackrock
David Griffin Carrigaline
Donnchadh Murphy Douglas
Eoghan O Brien Douglas
Evan Ryle Carrigaline
Ciaran Cormack Blackrock
Shane Kingston (C) Douglas
Cian Marnane Douglas
Cian Denn St Michaels
Adam Geaney Douglas
Cathal Sheehan Douglas
Eoin O’Sullvan Blackrock
Chris Murray Carrigaline
Daniel Murray Blackrock
Paddy Lynch Blackrock
Darragh Kelliher Cobh
Andrew Cullinane Douglas
Conor O Regan Douglas
Niall Quirke Carrigaline
David Stack Carrigaline
Sean Powter Douglas
Philip O Callaghan St Michaels
Ross Coleman Blackrock
James Holland Douglas
Nathan Walsh Douglas
Kevin O’Donovan Nemo Rangers
Kevin Bourke Douglas
Jack Murphy Carrigaline
Barry Grainger Blackrock
Matthew McAulliffe Douglas
Brian Flahive Douglas
Sam Collins Douglas
Ben McAulliffe Douglas
Liam Dineen Douglas
Ryan Cantwell Blackrock
John Cantwell Douglas

Col Na Sceilge

1.            Eoin O’Sullivan

2.            Shane O’Connor

3.            Anthony O’Driscoll

4.            Alan Curran

5.            Brendan Murphy

6.            Brian Sugrue (capt.)

7.            Graham O’Sullivan

8.            Mark Sugrue

9.            Senan Lynch

10.          Adam O’Dwyer

11.          Dilan O’Donoghue

12.          Barry O’Connell

13.          Darren Casey

14.          Anthony Cournane

15.          Diarmuid Keating

16.          Cian O’Leary

17.          Niall Brennan

18.          Jamie O’Sullivan

19.          Keelan Farrelly

20.          Jack Daly

21.          Keelan Moriarty

22.          John Murphy

23.          Mike Moriarty

24.          Jim Lynch

25.          Declan Moran

26.          Cian O’Shea

27.          Mark Quigley

28.          Chris O’Sullivan

Kerry minor last year; Brian Sugrue


Corn Uí Mhuirí Table after Group Stages

Group A
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
Clonakilty CS 3 2 1 0 4
Tralee CBS 3 2 1 0 4
Col Cholim Ballincollig 3 1 2 0 2
DLS Macroom 3 1 2 0 2
Group B
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
St Brendans Killarney 3 3 0 0 6
Col Na Sceilge 3 2 1 0 4
St Flannans Ennis 3 1 2 0 2
Mercy Mounthawk Tralee 3 0 3 0 0
Group C
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
St Francis College Rochestown 3 2 0 1 5
HS Clonmel 3 2 1 0 4
St Fachtnas Skibbereen 3 1 1 1 3
West Limerick Colleges 3 0 3 0 0
Group D
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
P.S Chorca Dhuibhne 2 2 0 0 4
I S Kilorglin 2 1 1 0 2
Col Chríost Rí 2 0 2 0 0

Corn Uí Mhuirí Roll Of Honour

St. Brendan’s, Killarney (20) – 1929, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1986, 1992, 1994, 2008, 2010

Tralee CBS (15) – 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1976, 1999, 2000, 2007

Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork (15) – 1967, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2011

Colaiste Iosagain, Ballyvourney (7) – 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1971, 1981

De La Salle College Waterford (5) – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965

Colaiste Na Sceilge, Caherciveen (4) – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009

North Monastery, Cork (3) – 1935, 1936, 1988

St Flannan’s College, Ennis (3) – 1959, 1993, 1995

St. Fachtna’s, Skibbereen (3) – 1982, 1990, 1991

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne (3) – 2012, 2013, 2014

Limerick CBS (2) – 1956, 1960

CBS High School Clonmel (1) – 1928

Colaste na Mumhan (1) – 1939

Rochestown College (1) – 1950

Intermediate School, Killorglin (1) – 1996

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork (1) – 2005

De La Salle, Macroom (1) – 2006