Wednesday 28 September 2016

Super Saints will be seeking 'Sem' again at Croke Park

St Brendan's 4-15 St Benildus 0-9

Jackie Cahill

Published 17/03/2016 | 02:30

Evan Cronin, St Brendan's Killarney, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal (SPORTSFILE)
Evan Cronin, St Brendan's Killarney, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal (SPORTSFILE)
David Clifford, St Brendan's Killarney, in action against Adam Kelly, St Benildus (SPORTSFILE)
Aaron Bradshaw, St Benildus, in action against David Clifford, St Brendan's Killarney (SPORTSFILE)
Evan Cronin, St Brendan's Killarney, in action against Adam Kelly, St Benildus (SPORTSFILE)

Garry McGrath and St Brendan's have some unfinished business to attend to when they visit Croke Park on April 2 for the Hogan Cup final.

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McGrath was involved in 2008 and the 2010 when 'The Sem' lost out in the All-Ireland Colleges 'A' showpiece and he's hoping it's third time lucky. 

On recent evidence, the famed Killarney nursery will take some stopping. They demolished Clonmel High School by 29 points in the Corn Uí Mhuirí decider and had 18 to spare against Dublin outfit St Benildus in this semi-final. 

St Brendan's led by 3-7 to 0-0 before St Benildus managed a score and all but one point of their winning tally was scored from play in a dominant performance.

First-half goals from inside men Michael Casey, top scorer Evan Cronin and David Shaw paved the way for a big win. Cronin added a fourth goal in the second half. 

Scorers - St Brendan's: E Cronin 2-3, D Shaw 1-1, D Clifford 0-4 (1f), M Casey 1-0, D Moynihan 0-3, P McCarthy 0-2, A O'Shea & C O'Shea 0-1 each. St Benildus: S O'Brien 0-3, T Fox 0-2, C Pearson, D O'Brien, J Rafferty & A Fox 0-1 each. 

ST BRENDAN'S - D Carroll; M Potts, C O'Donoghue, C Gammell; D O'Brien, D Naughton, N Donohue; L Donoghue, B Courtney; D Moynihan, D Clifford, P McCarthy; E Cronin, D Shaw, M Casey. Subs: D Spillane for Donohue (45), C O'Shea for Casey (51), M Pierce for Potts (55), C Callaghan for Gammell (55), A O'Shea for Cronin (55), F Murphy for Courtney (56).

ST BENILDUS - A O'Callaghan; P O'Reilly, L Doran, A Walsh; D Keogh, A Bradshaw, S O'Reilly; C Pearson, P Flaherty; D O'Brien, J Rafferty, A Fox; S O'Brien, T Fox, T Keane. Subs: A Kelly for Walsh (BC, 13), C McRory for P O'Reilly (60).  Ref - D O'Mahoney (Tipperary)

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