PCC found Good Counsel a bridge too far when the sides met in the All-Ireland Schools’ Junior football semi-final, in Iniskeen.
Good Counsel (New Ross) 2-22
PCC (Falcarragh) 1-5
This was always going to be a mammoth task for PCC who won the Ulster Schools’ Arthurs Cup (Ulster U-16 competition) for the first time against a College with a proud tradition and record in A college competitions. And that is how Saturday’s last four encounter proved to be as the Falcarragh boys were holding the losing docket long before the finish.
The Leinster College champions led by 16 points, 2-13 to 0-3, at half-time with Ciaran McGinley, Michael Langan and Jason McGee landing the PCC points.
Ciaran McGinley, PCC’s top scorer on the day with a goal and two points, and a point from the boot of Michael Langan early in the second half did raise hopes of a revival. But it proved a false dawn. And while an overworked PCC defence did restrict the Wexford boys to just nine points in the second period, they made no further impression on the scoreboard at the other end as Good Counsel cruised into the All-Ireland final.
PCC: Dean McColgan; Noel Sweeney, Jamie Hunter, Ciaran McFadden; Michael Maolchiaran, Christopher Cannon, Denis Coll; Jason McGee (0-3), Daniel Devlin; Michael Fitzgerald, Ciaran McGinley (1-2), Lee McColgan; Shane Langan, Michael Langan (0-2), Dylan Doherty.
Good Counsel: C O’Connor; M Doyle, M O’Neill, S Barden; O Coulter, J Sutton, T Cody; I Carthy, A Mansfield; M Dwyer, M Fitzharris,T O’Connor; L Sinnot, M Rossiter. Referee: M McNally (Monaghan).