Sunday 22 April 2018

Clifford hits two late goals as St Brendan's win Hogan Cup

The St. Brendan's Killarney players celebrate with the Hogan Cup
The St. Brendan's Killarney players celebrate with the Hogan Cup

DAVID Clifford scored 2-5, including two late goals, as St Brendan’s of Killarney won a first Hogan Cup title since 1992 beating St Pat’s Maghera 2-13 to 2-6.

Clifford was the undoubted shooting star for the ‘Sem’ as they ended a 24-year wait for All-Ireland senior A colleges glory, denying St Pat’s, Maghera, a sixth title in the process.

Both teams had their captains sent off in the second half, as St Pat’s lost Hawthorn-bound Conor Glass in the 45th minute before Dan O’Brien was dismissed with five minutes left.

The sides were level when O’Brien walked but St Brendan’s had a stunning late surge left in the tank, with Clifford at the heart of it.

St Pat’s missed a first half penalty, Francis Kearney’s effort brilliantly saved by David Carroll, but Patrick Kearney did find the net as St Pat’s led by 1-5 to 0-7 at the break. Shane McGuigan’s 37th minute goal opened the second half scoring but St Pat’s went 20 minutes without a score after that.

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