TONY DINEEN was the hero as Macroom scored a shock victory over Tralee CBS in Rathmore to book their place in the semi-finals of the Munster Colleges SFC.
Inspired by Dineen, and a heroic rearguard showing, the Cork school kicked two points in the closing stages to set up a semi-final date against Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.
When Tralee and Macroom met at the same stage last season, it took a replay to separate the sides and for long periods of yesterday's intriguing clash a second match looked on the cards.
Trailing 0-4 to 0-3 at the interval, Macroom made a wasteful Tralee CBS -- the Kerry side kicked seven first-half wides -- pay the ultimate price in the second half as Dineen scored 0-5 alone in the second 30 minutes.
Level on four occasions in the second half -- Kieran Hurley (0-2) and Nathan Murphy for Tralee, while Dineen slotted over four in a row for Macroom -- the sides were deadlocked at 0-7 apiece with less than a minute to go.
At this stage, Tralee were also down to 14 men after the hard-working Murphy was sent-off for his second yellow card.
With 13 seconds of normal time left, the Cork side broke up a Tralee attack, raced down field, and Dineen wriggled free and stroked home a beauty from 35 yards to hand Macroom a tight, but well- deserved, lead. And just 60 seconds later, wing- forward Stephen Down doubled the lead and guaranteed Macroom's place in the last four.
Scorers -- De La Salle Macroom: T Dineen 0-5 (3f), S Down, D Ambrose, D Twomey, G Barrett 0-1 each. Tralee CBS: K Hurley 0-4 (0-2f) N Murphy, N O'Connell, J Moriarty 0-1 each.
De La Salle Macroom -- P O'Sullivan; J O'Connor, K Barrett, K Manning; B Lynch, J Kelliher, C McCarthy; D O'Riordan, C Ryan; S Down, D Ambrose, D Twomey; G Barrett, T Dineen, B Shortan. Sub: A Hegarty for G Barrett (17).
Tralee CBS -- K Higgins; R O'Shea, A Thompson, D Kerins; PJ O'Mahony, L Bastible, N Murphy; J Walsh, D Doody; J Hickson, S Walsh, I McCarthy; N O'Connell, K Hurley, J Moriarty. Subs: N O'Mahony for I McCarthy (22), M Fitzgerald for N O'Connell (47), S O'Callaghan for S Walsh (50).
Ref -- R Moloney (Limerick).