Abbey CBS turn on style to reach Munster final

Abbey CBS qualified for the Munster Post Primary Schools Under 16 ½ B Football final after a fine performance in Mahon on Wednesday last, beating Roscarberry 3-17 to 1-6.

Abbey CBS qualified for the Munster Post Primary Schools Under 16 ½ B Football final after a fine performance in Mahon on Wednesday last, beating Roscarberry 3-17 to 1-6.

A strong first-half performance while facing a fresh breeze laid the foundations for a facile victory.

After an evenly contested opening quarter Abbey led by 0-2 to 0-1 thanks to points from the Galtee Rovers duo of Daire Egan and Stephen O’Dwyer.

Three points in as many minutes extended the Tipperary school’s lead through Andrew Vance and Cormac Maher notching two fine scores.

Sensing the game was slipping away from them, the Roscarberry outfit responded and shaded the final eight minutes of the half by three points to two.

Indeed only for some dogged defending from the Abbey full-back line the West Cork lads might have had two goals before half-time. The Abbey led 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time.

Within nine minutes of the re-start Abbey had put the game away with a scoring flourish of 1-5. Cormac Maher weaved his way through for the goal.

Roscarberry’s towering mid-fielder responded with a fine score before Stephen O’Dwyer finished clinically to the net in the 44th minute after linking well with Maher.

The game finished as a contest when the industrious Caolan Hennessy finished a flowing team move to the net after he had started the move deep in his own half.

Roscarberry did raise a green flag of their own but the Abbey had the final say with points from substitutes Jamie Ryan, Kevin Franks and Jack Hogan.

The Abbey had strong performers throughout the field but having lost out at the semi-final stage in last season’s competition to eventual winners St. Fachtna’s, Skibbereen, they will be anxious to annex a trophy that has eluded the school thus far.

The Tipperary boys will face the winners of the other semi-final involving Coláiste Spiorad Naomh, Bishopstown and competition favourites Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee with date and venue to be confirmed.

Scorers, Abbey: S O’Dwyer & C Maher 1-3 each, A Vance 0-4 (0-1f.), C Hennessy 1-0, D Egan 0-3, T Lowry, J Ryan, K Franks & J Hogan 0-1 each.

Abbey: Jack Comerford (Arravale Rovers), Kieran Breen (Kickhams), David Byron (Galtee Rovers), Stephen O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Cian Ryan (Arravale Rovers), Shane Power (Galtee Rovers), Conal Donovan (Arravale Rovers), Tommy Lowry (Arravale Rovers), Shane Neville (Lattin/Cullen), Caolan Hennessy (Cappawhite), Daire Egan (Galtee Rovers), Tadhg Ryan (Galtee Rovers), Cormac Maher (Arravale Rovers), Andrew Vance (Emly), Stephen O’Dwyer (Galtee Rovers). Subs: Jamie Ryan (Arravale Rovers) for Ryan, Kevin Franks (Lattin/Cullen) for Maher, Daniel Kelly (Arravale Rovers) for Hennessy, Tony Byrnes (Lattin/Cullen) for Lowry, Patrick O’Donoghue (Galtee Rovers) for Neville.