Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach 58
St. Brogan’s, Bandon 55
On Tuesday last, Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach hosted St. Brogan’s College from Bandon, Co. Cork in an All-Ireland preliminary match. This was a knockout game with no second chances for the losing team and the winner heading into the All-Ireland Quarter Finals, which was played on Sunday.
The first quarter started tensely with St. Brogan’s opening the scoring. However GCC bounced back quickly with Seán Ó Bruadair sinking a three and Ben Mac Domhnaill scoring as well. The first quarter ended as a draw with both teams not giving much away.
GCC had a poor second quarter with Bandon finishing the half with a six point lead. However a three from Evan Ó Corráin and help from the bench kept GCC in the game as Jonah Ó Duinn and Ciarán mac Aogáin made their mark.
The second half started with both teams forced to put star men on the bench due to foul trouble. However this had more of an effect on Bandon as GCC showed their strength in depth with Cathal Ó Braonáin playing well and they raced into a 4 point lead with captain Liam Ó Braonáin stepping brilliantly up to the mark and scoring double digits in this quarter.
Bandon earned their lead back soon enough though and GCC faced an uphill battle in the fourth. Séan O B hit another three early on in the fourth, galvanising both his teammates and the crowd. The fourth quarter went back and forth with both teams putting scores on the board. However a few big defensive plays from the GCC and another three from Seán Ó Bruadair restoring the home team’s lead heading into the last minute. The game was at extremely tense at this moment but Ben MacDomhnaill found Séan Ó Bruadair who hit the insurance points. St.Brogan’s had one last, desperate attack but the GCC’s defence stood strong with Liam Ó Broanáin showing why he’s captain.
Overall it was a brilliant encounter but GCC simply just had too much for the team for Cork. Man of the match was Liam Ó Braonáin who scored 24.
GCC: Liam Ó Braonáin (24), Seán Ó Bruadair (23), Cathal Ó Braonáin (2), Ben MacDomhnaill (2), Evan Ó Corráin (3), Ciarán Ó hÉigeán(2), Jonah Ó Duinn(2), Danann de Búrca