O'Connor goal sets up final date for plucky St Peter's
St Peter's 2-10 St Mary's 2-9
Rory O'Connor scored a cracking 41st-minute goal into the wind and that proved crucial as St Peter's Wexford held off a late surge from St Mary's Magherafelt to edge home in a thrilling Masita All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools SFC 'A' semi-final at Inniskeen.
With the wind, St Peter's set about imposing themselves early on but a skilful Mary's outfit packed midfield in a bid to nullify the influence of O'Connor, and the scoring threat of Barry O'Connor and Cathal Devereux.
Mary's goalkeeper Odhran Lynch did well to keep out a Barry O'Connor shot but a string of points from Ben Maddock, Brian Deeny, Rory O'Connor, Dylan Furlong and Cathal Devereux soon edged Peter's into a 0-8 to 0-5 lead, as points from Sean Kelly, Tiarnan McAteer and Kieran McCann kept St Mary's in touch.
However, Peter's got a huge boost before the break when Quinn Saunders' rising shot for a goal gave them a 1-8 to 0-5 interval lead.
On the resumption, Sean Kelly found the net for Mary's and a Cormac Murphy point left just two points separating the sides but 11 minutes into the second half a fine Rory O'Connor goal was to prove crucial as it put his side into a 2-8 to 1-6 lead. St Peter's defence held on defiantly despite Matthew Rodgers' goal setting up a tense finale and they will now face champions St Brendan's, Killarney in the final.
SCORERS - St Peter's College: Q Saunders, R O'Connor 1-1 each; C Devereux 0-3 (1f); B Maddock, B Deeny, D Furlong, D Lyne, B O'Connor 0-1 each. St Mary's: S Kelly 1-3 (2f); M Rodgers 1-0; T McAteer, L Quinn 0-2 each; K McCann, C Murphy 0-1 each.
St Peter's - R Ryan; E O'Leary, B Maddock, D O'Keeffe; Q Saunders, C Firman, F O'Driscoll; B Deeny, R O'Connor; D Furlong, B Moore, P Barry; D Lyne, B O'Connor, C Devereux. Subs: D Gouldson for Lyne; M Codd for Saunders.
St Mary's - O Lynch; C McCluskey, S Kelly, M Loughran; T McAteer, C Devlin, E Kelly; K McCann, T Donaghy; A Connolly, D Bradley, S McErlain; L Quinn, K Small, C Murphy. Subs: J McCann for K McCann; M Rodgers for Connolly; C Donnelly for Donaghy; O Devlin for Loughran.
Ref - J Hickey (Carlow)