Record winners St Brendan's of Killarney remain on course for a 21st Corn Ui Mhuiri title after they came good in the second half to deny Colaiste Chriost Ri in the semi-final at Cloughduv.
Trailing by 2-4 to 0-9 at half-time after Conor Horgan had twice found the net for the Cork city side, Brendan's reeled off six unanswered points in the opening 15 minutes of the second half to seize the lead and, while they did not score after that, they had done enough.
Chriost Ri got off to a fine start as Horgan punched Darren McGrath's delivery to the net in the second minute. Six minutes before half-time, McGrath and Horgan linked in the same fashion to open up a 2-3 to 0-5 lead, but Conor Keane and Tony Brosnan cut the gap to a point by half-time.
Kieran Murphy's excellent fielding gave Brendan's a platform and they stormed into the lead. Three frees by Horgan brought Chriost Ri to within two, but Brendan's held out.
Scorers – St Brendan's College: C Keane (1f), T Brosnan (2f) 0-5 each, K Murphy (1f), R O'Riordan 0-2 each, L Byrnes 0-1. Coláiste Chriost Ri: C Horgan 2-5 (0-5f), D Kerins, B Madden (0-1f) 0-1 each.
ST BRENDAN'S COLLEGE – A O'Connor; D Galvin, B Lynch, P Casey; D Lyne, J McCarrick, D Rice; K Murphy, J O'Neill; M Burns, T Brosnan, K Teahan; C Keane, R O'Riordan, L Byrnes. Subs: G Kelly for Lynch (h-t), J Kiely for Burns (48).
COLÁISTE CHRiOST Ri – C O'Donovan; D O'Neill, A O'Callaghan, C Walsh; E Compagno, A Nolan, D Kerins; S Cronin, D McGrath; J Good, B Madden, R Kennedy; R Haines, C Horgan, E Hill. Subs: M Russell for Walsh (29), K Hegarty for Hill (46), I O'Keeffe for Kennedy (52).
Ref – M Meade (Limerick).