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Corn Uí Mhuiri final
St Brendan’s (Killarney) 5-21 HS Clonmel 0-7

Leinster Colleges SAHC final
St Kieran’s (Kilkenny) 2-12 Kilkenny CBS 1-11

Fitzgibbon Cup final
Mary Immaculate College 1-30 UL 3-22


Afternoon all and welcome along to our coverage of a big day of GAA colleges action.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Fitzgibbon Cup final
UL v Mary Immaculate, Cork IT, 3pm

Corn Uí Mhuirí final
St Brendan’s (Killarney) v High School Clonmel, Mallow, 2pm

Leinster Colleges SAHC final
St Kieran’s (Kilkenny) v Kilkenny CBS, Nowlan Park, 2pm

We’ll be keeping an eye first of all on the two colleges finals in Mallow and Kilkenny.

St Brendan’s 2-0 HS Clonmel 0-1
Two early goals for the Killarney school puts them in control.

St Brendan’s 2-2 HS Clonmel 0-2
12 mins – Six point lead now for the Killarney school in Mallow.

Kilkenny CBS 0-3 St Kieran’s 0-1
9 mins – Early advantage with Kilkenny CBS in Nowlan Park.

St Brendan’s 2-3 HS Clonmel 0-3
15 mins – Six points still separating the teams after the opening quarter.

Kilkenny CBS 0-5 St Kieran’s 0-2
15 mins – Three points the margin after the first quarter in the Corn Uí Dhúill decider.

Kilkenny CBS 0-6 St Kieran’s 1-3
23 mins – All square now at Nowlan Park, Adrian Mullen nets for St Kieran’s.

Evan Cronin and Michael Casey bagged the opening goals for St Brendan’s. HS Clonmel have also lost captain Stephen Ryan to a black card.

St Brendan’s 2-8 HS Clonmel 0-4
25 mins – St Brendan’s starting to exert their influence now as they stretch ten points clear.

St Brendan’s 3-9 HS Clonmel 0-4
28 mins – Third goal arrives for St Brendan’s courtesy of David Clifford from the Fossa club.

St Brendan’s very much in control at the break, uphill task facing High School Clonmel now.

Half-Time: St Brendan’s 3-10 HS Clonmel 0-6

Half-time: Kilkenny CBS 0-6 St Kieran’s 1-3

Ten minutes to throw-in in Cork IT, both UL and Mary Immaculate College out on the pitch warming up.

St Brendan’s 3-14 HS Clonmel 0-6
37 mins – St Brendan’s storming clear now in the Corn Uí Mhuirí decider.

Set for throw-in in Cork IT.

UL 1-0 Mary Immaculate 0-2
5 mins – Morrissey hits the net but Mary I respond through points from Cian Lynch and Sean Linnane.

St Brendan’s 3-18 HS Clonmel 0-6
49 mins – Looks like the contest is finished in Mallow.

UL 1-0 Mary I 0-3
8 mins – All square as Declan Hannon slots a free for Mary I.

Mary I 0-4 UL 1-1
11 mins – Excellent point from midfield for UL by Clare’s Kevin Hehir.

UL 1-2 Mary I 0-4
12 mins – UL back in front as John McGrath points a free.

St Kieran’s 2-9 Kilkenny CBS 0-10
49 mins – Five point advantage for St Kieran’s.

Mary I 0-4 UL 1-0
9 mins – Hannon converts another free and Mary I hit the front.

UL 1-3 Mary I 0-4
14 mins – McGrath points again for UL, this time from a ’65.

Martin Keoghan hit the second goal for St Kieran’s in the Leinster colleges final in Nowlan Park.

16 mins – McGrath off target on this occasion from a free for UL.

15 mins – Goal chance for Mary I but UL goalkeeper Paul Maher is equal to Cian Lynch’s effort. He catches the shot and clears to safety.

Mary I 0-6 UL 1-3
20 mins – Declan Hannon on the mark again with a free from a trickier angle.

St Kieran’s 2-10 Kilkenny CBS 0-11
55 mins – 1-7 for Adrian Mullen of St Kieran’s so far.

UL 1-3 Mary I 0-5
17 mins – Hannon is fouled and knocks over the resultant free.

The referee today is Wexford’s James Owens.

UL 1-4 Mary I 0-7
25 mins – All square now as McGrath swings over a free for UL.

Mary I 0-7 UL 1-3
23 mins – Hannon fouled again, this time by UL’s Jason Forde, and he sends Mary I into the lead from the free.

Mary I 0-8 UL 1-4
29 mins – Excellent point from play by Mary I’s leading attacker Hannon

Mary I 0-8 UL 1-5
30 mins – We’re level again, fantastic long range point by UL centre-back Jason Forde.

UL 0-9 Mary I 1-5
31 mins – Good point by Limerick’s Tom Morrissey when Cathal McInerney found him in space.

UL 1-6 Mary I 0-9
32 mins – Level once more thanks to a point by Mary I midfielder Darragh O’Donovan from Limerick.

Leinster SAHC colleges final: St Kieran’s 2-12 Kilkenny CBS 1-11

Here’s how the teams started in the Fitzgibbon Cup final.


1. Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy, Tipperary)

4. Stephen Roche (Kilnadeema-Leitrim, Galway)
3. Jack Browne (Ballyea, Clare)
26. Gearoid Ryan (Clarecastle, Clare)

24. Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg, Tipperary)
10. Jason Forde (Silvermines, Tipperary)
7. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons, Tipperary)

5. Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley, Clare)
8. Kevin Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona, Clare)

23. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona, Clare)
13. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary)
12. Conor Martin (Emeralds, Kilkenny)

14. Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell, Limerick)
11. Tom Morrissey (Ahane, Limerick)
15. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe, Clare)

Mary Immaculate College

1. Maidhc O Conghaile (Micheal Breathnach, Galway)

2. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate, Clare)
3. Richie English (Doon, Limerick)
4. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara, Tipperary)

5. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary)
6. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons, Tipperary)
7. John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary)

8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara, Clare)
9. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon, Limerick)

17. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore, Galway)
11. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell, Limerick)
13. David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca, Limerick)

15. Darragh Corry (Tulla, Clare)
14. Declan Hannon (Adare, Limerick)
10. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane McDonaghs, Tipperary)

UL 1-7 Mary I 0-9
31 mins – Second half underway and Kevin Hehir points for UL.

Mary I 1-9 UL 1-7
32 mins – Good approach work by David Reidy releases Declan Hannon and he solos clear before unleashing a cracking shot to the net.

Mary I 1-13 UL 2-8
37 mins – Mary I stretch their advantage thanks to a Hannon pointed free.

UL 2-7 Mary I 1-10
34 mins – John McGrath cuts in from left wing and fires to the net via the upright. But Darragh O’Donovan points soon after and it’s level again.

Mary I 1-12 UL 2-8
36 mins – A brace of points by Cian Lynch sandwiches one for UL from Aidan McGuane.

Mary I 1-14 UL 2-8
40 mins – Sean Linnane splits the posts for Mary I.

Subs – Mary I bring in Mickey O’Neill for Colm Galvin, UL introduce Tommy Heffernan for David Fitzgerald.

Jason Forde off target from a free for UL.

Mary I 1-15 UL 2-8
42 mins – Now four point lead for Mary I thanks to a Hannon pointed free.

Sub - Gearoid Hegarty in for UL for Brian Stapleton.

Mary 1-15 UL 3-9
45 mins – Mary I defensive mix up and John McGrath surges clear. His first shot hits the post but he follows up to whip the rebound to the net. Then McGrath wins the ball from another attack, is fouled and points the free. Suddenly we’re all square.

Sub - Mary I bring in Tadhg Gallagher for Darragh Corry.

Mary I 1-16 UL 3-9
48 mins – Hannon restores Mary I’s lead with a pointed free.

Mary I 1-17 UL 3-10
55 mins – Linnane with a point after a great run for Mary I.

Mary I 1-16 UL 3-10
52 mins – McGrath brings UL level with a pointed free.

Mary I 1-18 UL 3-11
57 mins – John McGrath pointed free for UL.

Mary I 1-18 UL 3-10
56 mins – Outstanding long range point for Mary I by half-back John Meagher.

Mary I 1-18 UL 3-12
Tommy Heffernan point for UL.

Kevin Hehir wide for UL, we’re into injury time.

Full-Time: UL 3-12 Mary I 1-18

Match is going to extra-time.

Mary I 1-19 UL 3-12
61 mins – First blood in extra-time to Mary I as Hannon points from play. 1-10 for him now.

Extra-time about to start in the Fitzgibbon Cup final.

UL 3-15 Mary I 1-19
65 mins – UL go ahead through points from McGuane and McInerney.

UL 3-15 Mary I 1-20
66 mins – Darragh Corry points for Mary I.

Mary I 1-19 UL 3-13
63 mins – Conor Martin brings UL level with a point after Alan Murphy provided the assist.

UL 3-16 Mary I 1-22
69 mins – David Reidy hits over a brilliant point for Mary I.

Mary I 1-23 UL 3-17
70 mins – Tommy Heffernan fights back with a point for UL.

Mary I 1-21 UL 3-15
68 mins – All square again. Hannon point for Mary I.

UL 3-16 Mary I 1-21
68 mins – Conor Martin point for UL.

UL 3-18 Mary I 1-23
72 mins – Heffernan again for UL.

HT – Extra-time
UL 3-18 Mary I 1-23

Mary I 1-23 UL 3-16
70 mins – Tadgh Gallagher points for Mary I.

Mary I 1-25 UL 3-18
71 mins – First score of extra-time comes from Mary I’s David Reidy who points after a mazy run and then Reidy hits another to put Mary I ahead.

Mary I 1-27 UL 3-19
75 mins – Hannon hits over another free for Mary I, they lead by two.

Mary I 1-25 UL 3-19
72 mins – All square again after a superb score from UL’s Tommy Heffernan.

Mary I 1-26 UL 3-19
74 mins – Stephen Cahill points for Mary I.

Alan Murphy shoots for goal for UL but hits the side netting.

Full-Time: Mary I 1-27 UL 3-21

Mary I 1-27 UL 3-20
78 mins – Tommy Heffernan points for UL again.

Free in for UL!

John McGrath points it, level again and heading for more extra-time.

It’s been announced that there will be another two five minute periods of extra-time.

Extra extra-time (is that what we call it?) is about to start here.

Mary 1-28 UL 3-22
Tommy Heffernan replies for UL with his sixth point since coming on as a sub.

85 minutes gone.

Sub: PJ Scully on for UL for Alan Murphy.

Mary 1-28 UL 3-21
Cian Lynch points for Mary I.

Tommy Heffernan wide for UL.

HT – Extra (extra) time
Mary I 1-28 UL 3-22

Free in for Mary I.

88 minutes gone, just two remaining.

If the game finishes level after this, it will go to a replay.

Mary I 1-30 UL 3-22
Cian Lynch points for Mary I.

Mary I 1-29 UL 3-22
Darragh O’Donovan points the free.

Result: Mary Immaculate College 1-30 UL 3-22

A classic match is won by Mary I after 90 minutes of pulsating hurling.

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Fintan O'Toole