Charles DwYer notched 2-3 from placed balls in Carlow yesterday as Castlecomer CS survived a second-half comeback from Dublin's Colaiste Eoin to advance to the semi-finals.
An Oisin O'Rourke point from play opened the scoring for the Dubliners in the first minute but, playing with a strong breeze, the Kilkenny school were quickly into their stride. Eoin Bergin scored the first goal when he doubled on a ball close to goal and in the 20th minute Dwyer scored the first of his two goals when he converted a penalty.
Colaiste Eoin were left with a mountain to climb when they conceded a free which was brought forward to the 20m mark for dissent. Dwyer's powerfully struck shot found the net to give his side a 3-4 to 0-2 interval lead.
The game never sparked in the second half as Castlecomer held what they had. O'Rourke was Colaiste Eoin's main threat and almost managed to find the net from a tight angle at the end of the third quarter -- his subsequent injury-time goal coming too late to save his side.
Scorers -- Castlecomer: C Dwyer 2-3 (1-0 pen, 1-3f), E Bergin 1-1, A Carron 0-1. Colaiste Eoin: O O'Rourke 1-4 (0-3f), C Conway, C Cronin 0-1 each.
Castlecomer CS -- D Breen; K Delaney, R Healy, N Callanan; R Kinsella, B Cahill, D Dunne; P Keating, D Moran; E Brennan, R Moran, C Dwyer; A Carron, E Bergin, S Daly. Sub: B Brophy for Brennan (57).
Colaiste Eoin -- S Garvey; C Fanning, R Murphy, F McGabhan; C O'Callaghan, E O'Doherty, C Farrell; C O'Neill, S Fitzpatrick; C Cronin, J Sweeney, J Clinton; O O'Rourke, A Pilkinton, E O'Neill. Subs: C Conway for Fitzpatrick (18), C O'Dulachair for O'Neill (h-t), F Mothereway for Clinton (h-t), S Doyle for Farrell (52).