Wednesday 7 December 2016

Clifford hits two late goals as St Brendan's win Hogan Cup

Published 02/04/2016 | 17:50

The St. Brendan's Killarney players celebrate with the Hogan Cup
The St. Brendan's Killarney players celebrate with the Hogan Cup

DAVID Clifford scored 2-5, including two late goals, as St Brendan’s of Killarney won a first Hogan Cup title since 1992 beating St Pat’s Maghera 2-13 to 2-6.

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Clifford was the undoubted shooting star for the ‘Sem’ as they ended a 24-year wait for All-Ireland senior A colleges glory, denying St Pat’s, Maghera, a sixth title in the process.

Both teams had their captains sent off in the second half, as St Pat’s lost Hawthorn-bound Conor Glass in the 45th minute before Dan O’Brien was dismissed with five minutes left.

The sides were level when O’Brien walked but St Brendan’s had a stunning late surge left in the tank, with Clifford at the heart of it.

St Pat’s missed a first half penalty, Francis Kearney’s effort brilliantly saved by David Carroll, but Patrick Kearney did find the net as St Pat’s led by 1-5 to 0-7 at the break. Shane McGuigan’s 37th minute goal opened the second half scoring but St Pat’s went 20 minutes without a score after that.

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