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Hat-trick sends St Brendan's storming to quarter-finals






St Brendan's College of Killarney and Colaiste na Sceilge will clash in a fortnight to determine who tops Group B in the Munster Colleges SFC.

Yesterday, Brendan's were 6-20 to 0-2 winners against St Flannan's College of Ennis to leave them on four points.

That result, coupled with Sceilge's 1-13 to 0-11 win over Mercy Mounthawk of Tralee, means both have qualified for the quarter-finals.

Flannan's got the first point at Rathkeale, but Brendan's soon took over to lead by 1-9 to 0-1, Micheál Burns with the goal. Evan Cronin found the net just after the restart and Lee O'Donoghue managed to get a second-half hat-trick. David Clifford also goaled.

In Killorglin, Diarmuid Keating's second-half goal was crucial for Sceilge, who led by 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time.

Tralee CBS got their second Group A win as Ivan Parker's second-half penalty helped to give them a 1-13 to 0-14 win over Coláiste Choilm at Rathmore.


Park finished with 1-6 while goalkeeper Eoghan O'Brien, centre-back Jack O'Shea and midfielder Michael O'Donnell shone too.

In the other game in that section, Clonakilty CC kept their hopes alive as they recovered from a poor start to see off De La Salle Macroom 2-15 to 0-11 at Kilmichael.

Marco Healy's goal inside 25 seconds helped Macroom into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead, but Clon rallied and Daniel O'Brien got a goal as they by 1-7 to 1-4 at half-time.

The early stages of the second half were close but Clon owned the final period of the game, Ross Mannix's goal part of an unanswered 1-3 in the last eight minutes.

In Group C, CBS HS Clonmel got their second win as they beat St Fachtna's De La Salle 4-3 to 1-8 at St Michael's in Mahon. Stephen Leonard scored an early goal for Fachtna's but Paul Maher and Rory Maher responded for Clonmel, who led by 2-0 to 1-0 after 20 minutes. A third goal from Calvin Boland made it 3-1 to 1-4 at half-time and he added another in the second half .

Also in that group, St Francis College, Rochestown enjoyed a 2-17 to 1-5 win against West Limerick Colleges in Mallow. Ben McAuliffe and Seán Powter got the goals as Rochestown moved into a 2-10 to 0-1 half-time lead. Jack O'Donoghue got a goal for West Limerick in the second half.

The holders and All-Ireland champions Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne booked their spot in the last eight as they beat IS Killorglin by 4-16 to 1-9 in Group D.

Irish Independent