Having won the County Under 16 hurling title in the most dramatic of circumstances before Easter, Mitchelstown CBS Under 16 footballers hoped to complete the double when they faced Coláiste an Phiarsaigh of Glanmire in the County final at sunny Rathcormac on Wednesday last, May 14th. With the pitch in fine condition, the Glanmire side started well. Mitchelstown CBS responded well, defending strongly against the pacy Glanmire forwards. Scramble defence led to ‘Town clearing the ball up the field and Sean Walsh kicked the opening score, a fine point.
Two more early points followed from the boot of Eoin O’Mahony and Jack Coughlan, to be followed by a cracking first goal from Cathail O’Mahony, all inside the first 10 minutes. Another well-worked attack gave Cathail a second break, but on this occasion he was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Cathail took the kick himself, smashing it emphatically into the top corner. Two more points from Jack Coughlan and Adrian English left the CBS leading by 2-05 to no score. On the 18th minute the game was turned on its head as an awkward bounce led to James Conway bringing the Coláiste’s centre forward to ground, with James receiving a black card. He was replaced by Lorcan Finn as the Coláiste kicked their first point, and a minute later Cahal O’Sullivan could do nothing to stop the Coláiste adding a well-taken goal. CBS were not phased. Jack Coughlan responded with a fine point and Adrian English added an excellent goal. Mitchelstown CBS kept the pressure on. Cathail O’Mahony scored 2 fine points, Brian White added another with 26 minutes gone. Jack Coughlan added to his tally, an outstanding 45 taken from the ground sent sailing over the bar. George Pendle added a further goal from the resultant kick-out. Coláiste fought back and good pace from them created the break-thorough for a well-taken goal in the last minute of play. At half-time Mitchelstown CBS led by 4-10 to 2-01, a true reflection of their outstanding first-half performance.
Coláiste an Phiarsaigh began the second half in positive fashion and were rewarded with a good point, but Sean O’Sullivan and team captain Killian Roche shored things up at the back. Further pressure from the CBS and 2 more frees were scored in emphatic fashion by Jack Coughlan. CBS kept up the good play, with two more points from Sean Walsh in the 36th and 39th minutes, and Jack Coughlan’s off-the-ground free taking style putting him on the scoresheet once again. At this stage it could be said that CBS took the foot off the pedal somewhat, and combined with some indiscipline, they were punished by the Colaiste scoring a good goal and another point. A brilliant block-down by Lorcan Finn allowed CBS to clear and win a free. Jack Coughlan stroked over his ninth point of the game.The Glanmire boys were determined to keep fighting to the end, and neatly converted a 2 on 1 situation in slotting the ball past keeper Cahal O’Sullivan for another goal. With coach Mr. Conor O’Leary making optimum use of the bench, the Mitchelstown CBS subs gave CBS new life and 2 points from Padraig McGrath put the game beyond reach. Man of the match Jack Coughlan scored his tenth point, the last one of the match, to give Mitchelstown CBS an emphatic 5-20 to 4-03 win.
This completed a County double for the Mitchelstown CBS boys at Under 16 level and is just reward for their efforts through the year, and for the work and dedication of their coaches Mr. Conor O’Leary and Mr. Willie Duggan.
Match report: Cathal Walsh O’Grady and Paddy Piggott
Mitchelstown CBS, Under 16 County football champions 2014