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Downes double sees off brave Our Lady's

Two goals from the stick of full-forward Kevin Downes sealed Ard Scoil Ris' passage to their third semi-final in as many years.

His goal on the stroke of half-time gave them a three-point interval lead. Our Lady's had the best possible start when Declan McCormack blasted home a fifth-minute penalty.

Downes struck a second goal late on to set up a mouth-watering clash with last year's conquerors St Caimin's in three weeks.

SCORERS -- Ard Scoil Ris: K Downes 2-2, J Fitzgibbon 0-5 (5f), D Hannon (f), J Shanahan, M Ryan 0-1 each. Our Lady's: L McGrath 0-5, D McCormack 1-1 (1-0 pen), P Lupton 0-2, J McGrath 0-1.

ard Scoil Ris, Limerick -- PJ Hall; A Dempsey, E McCarthy; M Moroney; C Keogh, D Hannon, C MacInerney;

S Dowling, S O'Brien; M Carmody, B O'Connor, N Kennedy; J Fitzgibbon, K Downes, J Shanahan. Subs: M Ryan for M Carmody, K Keane for J Shanahan.

Our Lady's, Templemore -- M Kelly; J Keane, K Kennedy,

T Meade; T McGrath, D McCormack, B Dullea; L Treacy, J McGrath; P Lupton, J Bergin, S Hassett; D Harkins, L McGrath, T Hannon. Subs: P Meade for T Hannon, MJ Carroll for J Bergin.

Irish Independent