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Darragh Cleary, St. Brendan's Birr, in action against Padraic Delaney, Castlecomer CS

Darragh Cleary, St. Brendan's Birr, in action against Padraic Delaney, Castlecomer CS

Darragh Cleary, St. Brendan's Birr, in action against Padraic Delaney, Castlecomer CS

A hard-fought, sometimes fiery semi-final saw St Bren- dan's, Birr, overcome Castle- comer CS after extra-time.

With controversy surrounding at least five of the 33 scores, the Offaly school just did enough in extra-time, with Conor Doughan's second goal on 67 minutes the difference.

Having trailed by a point at half-time, Doughan's first goal came in the 43rd minute. His shot saw the sliothar hit the underside of the crossbar and bounce over the line to give St Brendan's a new lease of life.

Ballinakill club man Charles Dwyer hit 1-10 for Castlecomer, the goal coming from a 25-metre free in the first half.

Refereeing and umpiring decisions frequently had spectators up in arms, but St Brendan's now face St Kieran's College in the final next week.

Scorers -- St Brendan's: E Nolan 0-9 (6f), C Doughan 2-1, S T O'Connor 0-3 (1f), K Dunne, S O'Connor 0-1 each. Castlecomer CS: C Dwyer 1-10 (1-7f,

1 '65,' 1 s/c), L Maher 0-2, E Brennan, A Farrell, R Holden 0-1 each.

St Brendan's -- K Bergin; C Walsh, B Connors, K Donovan; C Fitzgerald, E Hayes, C Mulrooney; D Cleary, P Mullins; E Nolan, K Dunne, J Molloy, C Doughan, C Guilfoyle, S T O'Connor Subs: S O'Connor for J Molloy 17, Brian Donnelly for C Fitzgerald 74

Castlecomer CS -- D Breen; P Delaney, R Moran, P Cass; S McDermott, E Brennan, C Wallace; L Maher, D Shortall; A Farrell, G Dunne, A Curran; C Bulger, C Dwyer, C Brennan Subs: C Delaney for A Farrell 40 , R Holden for C Bulger 57)

Ref -- J Lawlor

Irish Independent