Gaffey's goal helps Marist into last four
Marist College 2-9 Coláiste Eoin 1-11
A goal from Ryan Gaffey in the 44th minute proved the turning point as 14-man Marist College edged into the last four at Johnstown on Saturday.
When Michael McGloin was sent off on a straight red in the third quarter, Marist looked doomed trailing 1-9 to 1-6.
However, Gaffey's neatly taken goal levelled matters, before points from Gaffey and Conor McCormack enabled the Athlone side to claim the tightest victory.
Within a minute the Marist's McGloin had netted from a penalty after a foul on Brian Derwin. But with Eoghan Mac Giolla Phadraig impressive in midfield, Eoin got on top. And a sweet finish from sub Tomas Mac Aoidh set up the Dublin side for a half-time lead of 1-7 to 1-6.
Despite falling three points behind and being reduced to 14 men, a spirited Marist refused to buckle. Niall O Ceallachain and Michael O Croinin scored nine points for Eoin, but they paid the price for only scoring one point from open play in the second half.
Marist will now meet Good Counsel.
scorers - Marist: R Gaffey 1-2; C McCormack 0-5 (2f); M McGloin 1-0 (pen); C Mannion, B Derwin (f) 0-1 each. Coláiste Eoin: Niall O Ceallachain 0-5 (4f); M O Croinin 0-4 (2f); T Mac Aoidh 1-0; E Mac Giolla Phadraig, C O Ceallaigh 0-1 each.
Marist College: C Devaney; D Carroll, E Nally, S Fuery; E Mulvihill, J Curley, F Dowd; D Reid, C Reid; R Gaffey, C McCormack, C Mannion; S Dowd, B Derwin, M McGloin. Subs: K Rigney for C Reid (39); C Reid for Curley (inj., 60), E Egan for Mannion (BC, 61).
ColÁiste Eoin: T O Braonain; R O Gallchoir, S O Duibhir, M MacEoin; E Seoighe, J Lehert, C O Ceallaigh; J O hAirtneade, E Mac Giolla Phadraig; P O Cadhla, M O Treasaigh, D de Poire; C MacNioclais, N O Ceallachain, M O Croinin. Subs: T Mac Aoidh for MacNioclais (inj, 27); D O Laoghaire for Seoighe (49); L O Maille for de Poire (60).
ref - F Smyth (Offaly).
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