CORK AND KERRY schools dominate the line-up for the semi-finals of this year’s Corn Uí Mhuirí after today’s quarter-final action.
Reigning champions PS Chorca Dhuibhne – who have won the last three titles – and St Brendan’s (Killarney) will be Kerry’s representatives after they won their last eight clashes today. Elsewhere Cork schools Rochestown College and Clonakilty CC also advanced to the last four as they were victorious.
Dingle-based school PS Chorca Dhuibhne produced a really impressive performance with a 2-10 to 1-3 victory over Tralee CBS at Dr Crokes GAA grounds in Killarney. Cathal O Bambaire netted a first-half penalty to help the winners lead 1-3 to 0-2 at the interval.
They added five unanswered points to go 1-8 to 0-2 clear with 12 minutes remaining and despite Calvin Foley bagging a goal for Tralee CBS, PS Chorca Dhuibhne closed out the game strongly with O Bambaire adding his second goal to seal a ten-point win.
PS Chorca Dhuibhne will now take on West Cork school Clonakilty CC at the semi-final stage. Clonakilty enjoyed a 1-13 to 1-5 win over IS Killorglin today in Kenmare. Sean McEvoy struck 0-6 for the winners while last year’s Cork minor David Lowney fired 0-3 and Thomas Scannell bagged their goal. Chris Doncel hit the net for the beaten Killorglin outfit.
Elsewhere Rochestown College – who are already in the semi-finals of the Dr Harty Cup – kept their double dream alive with a 1-9 to 2-4 success against Coláiste Na Sceilge. Cork minor Shane Kingston hit 0-6 for the winners while Evan Ryle scored their goal. Adam O’Dwyer and Anthony Cournane grabbed the goals for Coláiste Na Sceilge.
Rochestown College now take on St Brendan’s at the semi-final stage but the Killarney school had to work hard before defeating High School Clonmel by 0-13 to 1-6 today in Mallow.
HS Clonmel struck an early goal but St Brendan’s bounced back to lead 0-7 to 1-1 at the interval with Kerry All-Ireland minor winners Liam Kearney and Micheal Burns along with David Clifford chipping in with points.
St Brendan’s were ahead 0-8 to 1-3 entering the final quarter but they stayed in control until the finish with Burns and Clifford both continuing to impact in the scoring stakes.
The last Dr Harty Cup quarter-final was also played today and it saw Limerick’s Castletroy College come from behind to narrowly beat Cork opponents PS Na Tríonóide Youghal.
The success propelled Castletroy into their first ever Dr Harty Cup semi-final but they trailed 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and 0-16 to 0-11 entering the closing stages. Then Mark O’Dwyer pointed before last year’s Limerick minor Barry Nash hit the net.
Another O’Dwyer point levelled the game before Andrew La Touche Cosgrave was the scoring hero with the winning point late on. It was heartbreak for a Youghal side that included a 0-12 haul from forward Declan Dalton. Castletroy now take on Thurles CBS while Ardscoil Rís face Rochestown College in the other semi-final clash.
Corn Uí Mhuiri quarter-finals
St Brendan’s (Killarney) 0-13 HS Clonmel 1-6
Rochestown College 1-9 Coláiste Na Sceilge 2-4
PS Chorca Dhuibhne 2-10 Tralee CBS 1-3
Clonakilty CC 1-13 IS Killorglin 1-5
Dr Harty Cup quarter-final
Castletroy College 1-14 PS Na Tríonóide Youghal 0-16