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Clinical Courtney inspires Michael's

Eddie Courtney kept his composure brilliantly to land an injury-time winner from a 40-metre free and propel St Michael's, Enniskillen to a deserved victory over Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne at O'Moore Park on Saturday.

Courtney gave a magnificent exhibition of kicking in the second half, punishing Corca Dhuibhne's indiscipline time and again.

St Michael's began more confidently, Courtney converting a free before Tommy McCaffrey pointed on the turn to push them two points clear. Padraig O Dubhain kicked an excellent opener for the Kerry contingent before the impressive Dara O Se equalised from a free. O Se and Tomas O Ciobhain were major threats but were denied enough possession.

The Kerry side led by a point at half-time and Maitiu O Flatharta and O Ciobhain extended the advantage to three early in the second half but St Michael's powered into it from that point onwards.

Courtney's 45-metre free brought the scores level and when he repeated the trick from just five metres closer, the celebrations could begin.

Scorers -- St Michael's: E Courtney 0-6 (5f), B McAleer, T McCaffrey, L Martin, D Teague 0-1 each

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: D O Se, T O Ciobhain 0-3(1f) each, E O Conchuir, P O Dubhain, M O Flatharta 0-1 each.

St Michael's -- P Sweeney; E Hamill, C Cullen, K McDonnell; N Beggan, L Cullen, R Brennan; B McAleer, R Hyde; C Murphy, E Courtney, N Maguire; T McCaffrey, L Martin, L Jones. Subs: L Brennan for Martin (24); D Teague for Murphy (ht); Martin for Jones (ht); D Gallagher for Beggan (55).

PS Chorca Dhuibhne -- G O Currain; P O Conchuir, C O Luing, T O Suilleabhain; P O Dubhain, P O Se, M O Flatharta; B O Suilleabhain, E O Conchuir; B O Raoill, T O Ciobhain, J O Suilleabhain; S O hUallachain, D O Se, M O Flannura. Subs: T O Se for O Flannura (46); C O Bambaire for O hUallachain (51); S O Diomsaigh for O Raoill (60).

Irish Independent