Clifford hits two late goals as St Brendan's win 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.