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Gaelic Football: O'Curry on fire in Benildus win

A midfield masterclass from Peter O'Curry drove St Benildus into the Leinster Colleges Senior football 'A' quarter-finals in UCD.

The Kilmacud Road boys dismissed Newbridge's Patrician College with a 1-13 to 1-7 win, thanks to an impressive start to both halves.

Six scores without reply got them going and they led 0-9 to 0-2 after 25 minutes with Glen Whelan in sparkling form. The Kildare school finally found their rhythm before the break and Dan Nay's goal brought them within four points at the break.

But half time stunted their progress and Benildus came out of the blocks impressively with Whelan finding the net two minutes in.

With O'Curry's high fielding dominating midfield in front of Dublin minor boss Val Andrews, they never looked back from there as Whelan finished up with 1-7.

Meanwhile, St Declan's run in the competition came to an end in Athy where they came out second best against Ard Scoil na Trionoide on a 2-13 to 1-11 scoreline.

Kildare minors Darroch Mulhall and Cian Reynolds hit the Dubliners for 2-7 between them as a second-half fightback wasn't enough for Senan Connell's boys.

Trailing 2-6 to 0-2 at the interval, Declan's -- led by Adam Caffrey, son of "Pillar" -- they came out a different side and Jamie Bray's goal put them in contention.

His second goal attempt clipped the bar and went over, and with that chance went his sides as Athy regained control and saw out the win despite Niall McGovern and Sean Donaghy's best efforts.

Scorers -- Árd Scoil na Trionoide: D Mulhall 1-5 (2fs), C Reynolds 1-2, K Feely 0-2, L McGovern 0-2 (2fs), T Gibbons 0-1, N Kelly 0-1. St Declan's CBS: J Bray 1-2, A Caffrey 0-4 (3fs), S Donaghy 0-3, R Mulvanney 0-1, N McGovern 0-1

Árd Scoil na Trionoide: S Foley; D Hyland, L Thomas, D O'Toole; B Purcell, T Gibbons, B Kenna; K Feely, J Farrell; L McGovern, C Reynolds, J Lawlor; S Doyle, N Kelly, D Mulhall. Sub: K Bolger for Doyle (52).

St Declan's CBS: B Gaffney; A Kavanagh, S Burke, A Lacey; R Kelly, N McGovern, Murray; Mulvanney, J Bray; E Dillon, A Caffrey, S Donaghy; S McDonnell, G Rooney, S O'Connor. Sub: S Bonfil for McDonnell (34).

Referee: Pat Moran (Laois).

Scorers -- St Benildus: G Whelan 1-7 (2f), P O'Curry (1f), F Duffy 0-2 each, A Dolan, C Egan 0-1 each.

Patrician, Newbridge: D Nay 1-1, M Byrne 0-4 (1f), R Murray, G Malone 0-1.

St Benildus: M O'Connor; K McGrath, A Clabby, A Carroll; D Quinn, S Fitzsimons, A Dolan; P O'Curry, C Egan; C Butler, F Duffy, A McMahon; G Whelan, B O'Rian, S Butler. Subs: Paul Mannion for Carroll (33), D Butler for Quinn (50), E Barber for McMahon (58).

Patrician, Newbridge: N Curran; C McLaughlin, B Dempsey, S Hurley; W Kealy, T McDermott, J Murray; M Byrne, C McLaughlin; R Murray, D Nay, J Fox; G Collins, E O'Connor, D King. Subs: A Tyrrell for McDermott (18), G Malone for Fox (36), G Guilfoyle for Collins (47).

Referee: P Finnegan (Louth).