Foley on the double for Brendan's as Rochestown crash out
St Francis College, Rochestown were denied a place in the quarter-finals of the Munster Colleges SFC 'A' in dramatic fashion by St Brendan's College of Killarney.
A win for St Brendan's by 2-16 to 2-3 left the two teams and Skibbereen's St Fachtna's level on two points each, meaning scoring difference came into play, with Rochestown's tally of minus five eliminating them.
Knowing that anything better than a six-point defeat would leave them top of the group, Rochestown began well, with David O'Connor's goal putting them 1-2 to 0-0 ahead before Brendan's -- who had to win -- began to rally.
Tony Brosnan and Micheál Burns excelled as Michael Foley's goal helped them push ahead, though Dylan Long's green flag for Rochestown saw Brendan's lead reduced to 1-8 to 2-3 by half-time.
Rochestown wouldn't score again, but were still looking like going through until Foley's second goal put Brendan's 11 ahead.
Even at that stage, Fachtna's looked on the way out, but late points from Paudie Clifford and Jordan Kiely changed the maths and eliminated Rochestown.
Coláiste Chríost Rí took the second qualifying spot in Group 1 as they had 11 points to spare when beating Clonakilty CC at Brinny. With both schools having already been beaten by Coláiste na Sceilge, the winners would progress -- though a draw would have done Clon -- and in the end the city side won by 1-15 to 1-4.
At half-time, Críost Rí led by 1-8 to no score, John Good with a 17th-minute goal. Though Jack O'Mahony did convert a second-half penalty for Clonakilty, they never looked like mounting a comeback.
Competition holders Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne easily ensured their passage with a 1-10 to 0-4 win against CBS High School Clonmel, who are eliminated, with IS Killorglin going through.
Cathal Ó Bambaire's first-half goal helped the Dingle school to a 1-7 to 0-2 interval lead with Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh scoring frees. Roibeárd Ó Sé, Barra Ó Súilleabháin and Caoimhín Ó Beaglaíoch all had fine displays for the Eamonn Fitzmaurice-managed team.
DLS Macroom also progressed as Group 3 winners following their 2-12 to 1-9 win against St Flannan's College, both schools having previous beaten the eliminated Meánscoil na Toirbhirte, Tralee.
James Moynihan's goal helped De La Salle to a 1-5 to 0-5 half-time lead, with Joseph Ryan and Cian Healy on song from frees, and then Moynihan struck for another green flag early in the second half. Though Flannan's stayed in touch through a Ciarán Doohan goal and four Eimihin Courtney points, Macroom were not to be denied.