Draw puts Abbey through
Abbey CC 1-14
Scoil Aireagail 2-11
Leinster Voc Schools SHC
A point in the 62nd minute from Stephen Farrell earned hosts Scoil Aireagail a draw in Ballyhale, but that wasn't enough to prolong their involvement in the competition as Abbey CC, Ferrybank advanced.
Abbey looked like stealing a win when Sean Duggan pointed them in front in injury-time. Farrell had the final say, but Abbey still went through to the semis.
Abbey established an early 0-6 to 0-3 lead but a goal by the excellent Conor Walsh helped Scoil Aireagail to a 1-6 to 0-8 advantage at the break.
Abbey snatched a goal through Ian Ahearne in the 33rd minute and at one stage they led by 1-10 to 1-7. Another Walsh goal levelled it and it was nip and tuck from there to the finish.
Scorers -- Abbey CC: P Foran 0-5 (0-3f, 0-1 '65'), J Tobin 0-4 (0-2f), I Ahearne 1-0, D Hickey 0-2f, S Duggan, J Grant, D Cooke 0-1 each. Scoil Aireagail: C Walsh 2-4 (1-4f), R Corcoran 0-3, R Phelan, P Delaney, E Doyle, S Farrell 0-1 each.
Abbey CC - O MacCathmauil; S Duggan, D Ahearne, K McNamara; R McKenna, P Foran, D Haberlin; B Irish, S Birchill; J Grant, J Tobin, D Cooke; D Hickey, I Ahearne, M Russell. Subs: J Duggan for Hickey, D Power for Russell, R O'Hanlon for Irish.
Scoil Aireagail - D Walsh; M Moylan, A Kearney, J Grace; E Frisby, M Duggan, P Kirwan; S Malone, R Corcoran; R Phelan, C Walsh, P Delaney; S Donnelly, E Doyle, J Fitzpatrick. Subs: M Jones for Grace (inj), S Farrell for Fitzpatrick.
REF - J Minogue (Thomastown).