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Forde pulls the strings for St Pat's

ALAN FORDE hit a personal tally of 2-3 as St Patrick's CS Navan crushed a weak St Peter's in Carlow to reach the semi-finals.

Winning by a 26-point margin leaves no room for debate and St Pat's will now be hot favourites to retain their provincial crown, which they won when defeating Dublin's Colaiste Eoin in last season's decider.

Colm O'Rourke's side are a talented unit, strong in defence, boasting two big midfielders in Conor Sheridan and Barry Dardis and a fleet-footed forward line in which centre-forward Forde pulls the strings.


By half-time St Peter's were into damage-limitation territory as they trailed 3-8 to 0-2. The second half brought no relief for the Wexford lads as they were outplayed in all aspects by the Royal County side.

Having been given a major fright last time out by Knockbeg College of Carlow, St Pat's were never in any peril here and marched on triumphantly to the last four.

Rhys Clarke hit four points from frees for St Peter's, who exited the competition very tamely.

Scorers -- St Pat's: A Forde 2-3, C Smith 0-6 (4f), N O'Brien 1-2, C Sheridan 1-1, D Regan 1-0, C Fitzimons 0-2, B Dardis, R O'Coileán, F McEntee 0-1 each. St Peter's: R Clarke 0-4 (4f), J O'Dowd, K Whelan 0-1 each.

St Pat's -- R Burlingham; N Coughlan, O Fitzpatrick, E Murtagh; R O'Coileán, L Bourke, C Shaw; C Sheridan, B Dardis; C McGrane, A Forde, F McEntee; N O'Brien, C Smith, C Fitzimons. Subs: D Curran for Shaw (h-t), T Cox for Dardis (37), F Ward for McGrane (41), S Stafford for O'Coileán (45), D Regan for McEntee (47).

St Peter's -- J Sheridan; S Carroll, C O Donnagáin, P O'Leary; M Eviston, B Hughes, A J Lehane; K Whelan, E O'Byrne; J O'Dowd, T Furlong, R Clarke; N Rossiter, G Murphy, C McCabe. Subs: K Halligan for O Donnagáin (21), L Rochford for Furlong (h-t), C Kinsella for Halligan (54).

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Ref -- J Hickey (Carlow).

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