Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré players celebrate. INPHO/Donall Farmer

Roscrea lift Paddy Buggy Cup with emphatic win over Ballycastle

The Tipperary side had too much in hand for Ballycastle.

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré (Tipperary) 2-16

Cross and Passion, Ballycastle (Antrim) 0-10

COLÁISTE PHOBAL ROS CRÉ are the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B hurling champions after a comprehensive 12-point win over Aintrim’s Cross and Passion College in Nowlan Park this afternoon.

The Tipperary School was formed in 1999 when Roscrea CBS and Sacred Heart amalgamated and they have appeared in no less than 17-major finals since — losing two All-Irelands — but it was third time lucky this afternoon.

However, they were made to sweat in the early stages as Cross and Passion had the better of the opening exchanges, leading 0-4 to 0-1 after five minutes thanks to points from Cormac McClafferty, John McErlean and Diarmuid McShane.

Roscrea fought back though and found themselves level at five points apiece after 20 minutes thanks in part to the free taking of Jordan Fogarty and it was Fogarty who grabbed the game’s first goal in somewhat controversial circumstances with the umpire ruling the sliotar had crossed the line despite the best efforts of the Ballycastle goalkeeper.

That helped the Tipperary school into a 1-7 to 0-6 half-time lead and they really kicked on after the break, man-of-the-match Fogarty’s points ensuring their advantage had stretched to nine points with by the end of the third quarter and David Murray’s goal two minutes from time secured the Paddy Buggy Cup for Roscrea.

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