Monday 19 March 2018

Colman's have too much class

St Colman's, Newry 1-18

St Brendan's, Killarney 3-5

ULSTER kingpins St Colman's turned in a classy display of attacking football at Croke Park to win a sixth All-Ireland Colleges SFC title.

Colman's laid the foundations for victory early with Chris Clarke (3) and Caolan Mooney (2) on target as the Newry side raced into a 0-7 to 0-1 lead.

Substitute David O'Sullivan sparked Killarney's challenge when he tucked away a 26th-minute penalty, but Clarke brought his tally to five as the Down lads turned around with a 0-9 to 1-1 advantage that they never looked like relinquishing.

O'Sullivan netted a second penalty for Brendan's, but a string of brilliant points from Jerome Johnston kept the northerners on top, and a 54th-minute goal from substitute Shay McCartan made the title safe.

Paul Galvin's side did pull back a late goal through Tom Moriarty, but St Colman's were never in danger of losing out on a first Hogan Cup since 1998.

Scorers -- St Colman's: S McCartan 1-0; C Clarke 0-5 (2f); J Johnston 0-4; C Mooney 0-3 (1f); C Stevenson 0-2; C Gough, N McParland, R Johnston, R McGarry ('45) 0-1 each. St Brendan's: D O'Sullivan 2-0 (2-0 pens); T Moriarty 1-0; J O'Donoghue 0-3; G O'Leary 0-2.

St Colman's: M McNiece; S McGreevy, N Donnelly, R Lively; R Johnston, P Hillen, P Lively; N McParland, C Gough; D O'Hare, C Clarke, C Mooney; C Stevenson, J Johnston, T McGreevy. Subs: R McGarry for McGreevy, S McCartan for Stevenson, M Garvey for R Johnston

St Brendan's: D Gleeson; E O'Sullivan, S McCarthy, C Davies; C Fitzgerald, C Tobin, D O'Leary; P Lucey, C O'Leary; T Moriarty, B Falvey, G O'Leary; B O'Shea, S Keane, J O'Donoghue. Subs: D O'Sullivan for Tobin, S Coppinger for O'Shea, E Horan for Falvey

Referee: P Fox (Westmeath)

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