First ever Senior B FC win for Coachford College
Coachford College 0-10 Mitchelstown CBS 0-5
Report by Paddy Ryan
Coachford College emerged deserving winners over Mitchelstown CBS in the Munster Senior B FC final at Charleville on Saturday.
CBS aided by the breeze in the first half got off to a good start with Mark Keane pointing in the first minute following a long delivery from midfield. A foul on Cathal O’Mahony led to a pointed free by Brian White soon after. Coachford gradually got to terms. Their backs defended very well and they broke even in midfield. In the 10th minute David Thompson intercepted from Padraigh McGrath and opened the winners account. Two minutes later Thompson levelled from a free. The Coachford side came close to a goal at the end of the first quarter when Thompson put Cormac O’Driscoll through with the ball coming back off the crossbar and being cleared by Ian Butler.
Good play by David Thompson led to a fine point by Aodh Twomey. CBS fought back well to level from a Brian White free 0-4 each. Coachford were denied another good scoring chance with a Paul Ring free was collected by Eoghan Maher with his effort coming back off the post. The winners edged ahead again through David Thompson. CBS battled back again with P J Keating and Dylan Kent working well for Brian White who kicked a fine point. In injury time David Thompson won a good ball on the flank and placed John Cooper who edged his side 0-6 to 0-5 clear at the break.
For the second half Mitchelstown CBS moved Mark Keane to midfield with Dylan Kent going to the ’40 and Cathal O’Mahony on the edge of the square. Coachford dominated the second half. Good play by Aodan Healy to David Thompson led to a very good save by Matthew Dawson-Furey. Tadgh Bradley followed with a point. In the 40th minute a free by Thompson was gathered by Tadhg Bradley who placed the inrushing Aodan Healy who made it 0-8 to 0-5.
There was no way back for CBS as their defence and midfield were unable to get quality ball into their inside forwards. The North Cork side had two wides with David Thompson making it 0-9 to 0-5 in the 48th minute from a free. The winners had their 10th point when Thompson pointed another free in the 57th minute. CBS forced a late penalty when Mark Keane was brought down. Brian White’s effort was well saved by Coachford keeper Luke O’Connor with the final whistle following.
After the game Donncha Nuanain son of the late Donncha O’Nuanain presented the cup in memory of his father to a delighted Coachford captain Paul Ring. Coachford will now the Connaught champions in the All Ireland semi final.
Scorers for Coachford College : David Thompson 0-6 (0-5f) John Copper 0-1, Aodh Twomey 0-1, Aodan Healy 0-1, Tadhg Bradley 0-1.
Mitchelstown CBS : Brian White 0-3 (0-2f) Mark Keane 0-1, Sean Walsh 0-1.
COACHFORD COLLEGE : Luke O’Connor (Aghabullogue) Shane Tarrant (do) Eoghan O’Connell (Canovee) Eoghan Lehane (do) St John Forde (Donoughmore) Paul Ring (Capt) (Aghabullogue) Denis Murphy (Canovee) John Cooper (Eire Og) Conor Smith (Aghabullogue) Aodh Twomey (do) Aodan Healy (do) Eoghan Maher (Dripsey) David Thompson (Aghabullogue) Cormac O’Driscoll (Canovee) Tadhg Bradley (Aghabullogue)
Subs : Billy Barrett (Donoughmore) for Cormac O’Driscoll. Luke Casey (Aghabullogue) for Tadhg Bradley.
MITCHELSTOWN CBS : Matthew Dawson-Furey (Mitchelstown) Ian Butler (Kildorrery) Lorcan Finn (Mitchelstown) Kieran Fox (do) P J Keating (Kildorrery) George Pendle (Mitchelstown) Shane Doyle (do) Sean Walsh (Capt) (do) Dylan Kent (Kildorrery) Josh Macken (Ballyporeen) Brian White (Mitchelstown) Padraigh McGrath (Galtee Gaels) Cathal O’Mahony (Mitchelstown) Mark Keane (do) Padraigh O’Gorman (do)
Subs : Dylan O’Gorman (Ballyporeen) for Shane Doyle, Cathal Harrington (Kildorrery) for Josh Macken, Shane Murphy (Mitchelstown) for Sean Walsh (black card) Cillian Dollion (Mitchelstown) for Padraigh O’Gorman.
Referee : Kevin Walsh (Clare)