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Keelan McAnerin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Keelan McAnerin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Keelan McAnerin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

ST BENILDUS exited the Leinster PP SF 'A' on Monday after suffering a heavy defeat, 4-13 to 1-8, against visitors Patrician Secondary School in Kilmacud.

The Dubs side had opened the scoring courtesy of a point from half-back Callum Pearson inside the first minute, but Patrician took control thereafter as a clinically-struck Ciarán Troy goal 13 minutes in followed some well-taken points.

Midfielder Conor Hartley found the net with smart finishes in the 18th and 21st minutes, leaving the Kildare school in control.

A Cian O'Connor point broke the visitors' scoring sequence, but Kildare minor Cian McConnell enthusiastically bounded forward from wing-back to fire home a superb individual effort which provided Patrician with an unassailable 4-6 to 0-2 interval cushion.

A 1-5 haul by the determined O'Connor helped limit the damage inflicted by Patrician, but the result was decided in the first period.

It was not all bad news for Dublin schools, even though St Fintan's HS Sutton lost as well (6-14 to 3-1 to Kildare's Ardscoil Na Tríonoíde), as Kealin McAnerian's (pictured) last-minute point gave Castleknock Community College the slimmest of victories (1-7 to 0-9) over Carlow CBS at Dr Cullen Park last week.

While McAnerian's effort was the clincher, a 39th minute goal from full-forward Mark Prunty was the game's most vital score, giving the visitors a 1-5 to 0-6 lead at a crucial stage.


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