Dowling accuracy enough for Fergal's
St Fergal's 1-11 Banagher College 1-8
St Fergal's Rathdowney withheld a late but unsuccessful rally from Banagher College to earn a hard-fought win away to the Offaly school.
The victors built up a healthy first-half lead despite being reduced to 14 men in the ninth minute, when Daragh Quinlan got his second yellow card. St Fergal's led by 1-9 to 0-4 at the break, their goal coming from Gavin Dunne.
Banagher's Rian Kelly notched up 1-1 in the second half to give his side a lifeline, but the accuracy of Tadhg Dowling from placed balls was enough for Rathdowney, despite a late onslaught by the home side.
Scorers -- St Fergal's: T Dowling 0-10 (7f, 1 '65'), G Dunne 1-0 (f), C Stapleton 0-1. Banagher College: R Kelly 1-2, J O'Connor 0-3 (2f, 1 '65'), G McDermott (0-1f), D Poland, J Regan 0-1 each.
St Fergal's -- E Fleming; C Quinlan, G Dunne, C Stapleton; B Meade, E Doyle, S Finan; S Corby, D Fitzpatrick; A Corby, T Dowling, R Bowe; S Bergin, D Quinlan, S Clear Subs: J Geoghegan for Bowe (25), P Whelan for Bergin (47).
Banagher College -- M Carroll; C Daly, M Maloney, G Murray; A Connolly, J O'Connor, D Kelly; T Ryan, J Madden; G Lynch, A Camon, G McDermott; D Poland, R Kelly, J Regan Sub: P Bermingham for Poland (43).
Ref -- M Walsh.