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Dramatic win for Derry's St Pat's sets up Hogan Cup final against Kerry's St Brendan's

St Patrick’s Maghera saw off Summerhill College in their semi-final clash today.

St Pat's Maghera players celebrating today's Hogan Cup semi-final win.
St Pat's Maghera players celebrating today's Hogan Cup semi-final win.
Image: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

St Pat’s Maghera 2-14
Summerhill College 3-10

ST PATRICK’S MAGHERA of Derry booked their place in the Hogan Cup final (Masita All-Ireland Colleges SAFC) with a dramatic win over Sligo’s Summerhill College at Brewster Park in Enniskillen this afternoon.

Maghera players celebrate at the final whistle St Pat's Maghera players celebrating today's Hogan Cup semi-final win. Source: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

A late goal from a penalty by Francis Kearney for St Pat’s levelled the game and then Shane McGuigan, who bagged 1-8, pointed a free to seal their victory.

They now advance to a final meeting with St Brendan’s Killarney on Saturday 2 April in Croke Park.

St Pat’s won the title in 2013 but lost the 2014 decider to Kerry opponents in PS Chorca Dhuibhne. St Brendan’s lost to Ulster opponents in the 2008 and 2010 finals, and have to go back to 1992 for their last triumph.

Defeat today was a bitter pill to swallow for Summerhill College as they were bidding to reach the final for only the second time in their school’s history with their previous appearance back in 1985.

Shane McGuigan celebrates his winning point Maghera's Shane McGuigan celebrates his winning point Source: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

Star man Conor Glass, who is heading for an AFL career with Hawthorn, did not start for St Pat’s due to illness but came on as a late substitute.

Shane McGuigan bagged a first-half goal to help St Pat’s into a 1-5 to 0-1 lead but Kyle Cawley, who is part of the Sligo senior football panel, raised a green flag in response for Summerhill College.

By the break Summerhill College had cut the gap to trail 1-6 to 1-4 but St Pat’s upped the ante in the early stages of the second-half and went in front 1-12 to 1-7.

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Then Summerhill College made what looked like a decisive burst as Cathal Herron found the net and then Cawley, who struck 2-2 overall, bagged their third goal from a penalty.

Cathal Herron celebrates scoring a goal Cathal Herron celebrates scoring a goal for Summerhill College Source: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

The Sligo outfit were on the cusp of victory only for St Pat’s to peg them back with those late scores.

In today’s other key schools clash, Galway’s Holy Rosary College defeated Monaghan’s Patrician HS Carrickmacross 1-10 to 0-12 in the Paddy Drummond Cup (All-Ireland SBFC) semi-final in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Fixtures

Saturday 2 April

Hogan Cup final
St Brendan’s Killarney (Kerry) v St Patrick’s Maghera (Derry), Croke Park, 3pm

Paddy Drummond Cup final
Gallen CS Ferbane (Offaly) v Holy Rosary College Mountbellew (Galway), Croke Park, 1.15pm

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