2017 - J B F C - Michael Boig Coleman Cup

Russell Rovers (2 - 1) VS Cobh (3 - 7)
Date Saturday 23 September 2017
Time 17.00
Venue Lisgoold
Referee Jim Hennessy
Competition J B F C Football Championship
Round 7
  Michael Boig Coleman Cup

Kevin HilliardMatch Report

An Cobh captured the THE MICHEÁL ‘BOIG’ COLEMAN MEMORIAL CUP in horrendous weather conditions on Saturday evening in Lisgoold.

Full Time Score an Cobh: 3-7(16) Russell rovers: 2-1(7)

Cobh brought a large, and young panel to the game, and overall adapted better to the continuous rain, and poor conditions. Both sides struggled with the early conditions and the first score was not until the 10th minute when Kieran Histon converted a difficult free from near the side-line. It took another 10 minutes for the next score. Martin O’Connor found the net, but it was ruled out, and play was called back for a Cobh free which Conor Farrell converted. Overall Cobh were creating chances, but Russell rovers were dealing well with them, until the 28th minute when long delivery from Conor Farrell deceived players and bounced and skipped to the back of the net. Conor Farrell then converted another close in free.

Half Time Score an Cobh: 1-3(6) Russell rovers: 0-0(0)

Russell Rovers started the second half with intent, and 3 minutes in got the score of the game from play on the right wing. In what was becoming a pattern, Cobh converted two frees (Mark Foley and Conor Farrell) to create a 7-point margin after 12 minutes. A short Cobh kick-out went astray, and led to a penalty, which Russell Rovers scored to give some hope of a revival, but this hope was brief, and following a very similar short kick out at the other end Cobh’s Sean Hilliard found the net within a minute to restore Cobh’s 7-point margin. A Conor Farrell free made it 8 before Cobh got their 3rd goal. Only the cold and very wet umpire will know for sure whether it was Sean Hilliard’s shot or Kieran Histon’s follow up, that put the ball across the line, but it certainly put the result beyond doubt. Jack Ronan, Connor Farrell, and Sean Hilliard all had further chances as Cobh displayed some good football. Russell rovers had a late consolation goal from another penalty, and Adam McCarthy added Cobh’s final point, our first point from play.

Full Time Score an Cobh: 3-7(16) Russell rovers: 2-1(7)

After the game Cobh Kieran Histon was presented with a Man of the Match award, and Cobh’s Captain Declan O’Connell accepted the Micheál “Boig“ Coleman Memorial Cup. This was Cobh’s 20th game of football this year and our 10th undefeated game since June. We now have the county championship to look forward to, and a county football league final (against Grange or St John’s) is also ahead of us.

E.Walsh, P Kearney, D Tallon, D O’Connell(P.Carey 43), M O’Connor, C McLoughlin, J McCarthy, A Walley, D Kelleher, M Foley(C.Leahy 50), K Histon, A McCarthy, J Ronan(D. Keating 50), C.Farrell, S.Hilliard. 

Subs : N.Spriggs, A O’Donovan, O Kidney-Power, S. Meade, D.O’Connor, E Meaney, D. Higgins, E.Hastings, G.Keating.

THE MICHEÁL ‘BOIG’ COLEMAN MEMORIAL CUP is presented to the winners of the J.B. Football Championship commemorates the memory of a former Cork and Midleton Gaelic Footballer who won Munster and All Ireland Senior Football Championship honours with Cork in 1890. An Cób also won this cup in 1965 with victories over Midleton, Glenville, Geraldines, and Carrignavar in the final. Below is a photo of that 1965 winning team, with many current An Cób members in their youth.