That's if the standard of play produced by these two teams in yesterday's quarter-final at Ovens is anything to go by.
This was a marvellous contest played with great intensity by two schools desperately keen for the win. The hurling was fast and furious, and in the end the Glanmire side, superbly led by centre forward Michael Murphy who scored four excellent points from play, just about deserved their victory.
Both teams sent out a number of outstanding players, three of whom figured with this year's county minor team. The winners had John Halbert left half-forward while Brogans included David Lynch at centre-back and Danny O'Callaghan at centre-forward.
O'Callaghan was magnificent all through and his tussle with Glanmire's centre back Brian McHugh was one of many highlights in a game that was a credit to both schools. It was no fault of O'Callaghan's that his side lost. He finished with 1-5 of his side's tally and might have had another goal but for some excellent goalkeeping by Glanmire's Alan Bowen.
Aided by the wind in the first half, Glanmire did most of the pressing, and goals by Robert O'Driscoll and John Halbert gave them a 2-4 to 0-4 half time lead which didn't seem sufficient as the wind began to rise for the second half.
If anything, the exchanges were keener on the changeover as Brogans pinned Glanmire in their own half for long periods. A goal by Niall O'Sullivan in the 35th minute gave the vocational school the perfect tonic, and with O'Callaghan causing endless problems, Brogans had the deficit down to the minimum by the end of the third quarter after O'Callaghan blasted a 30-metre free to the net.
Glanmire weathered the Brogans' onslaught superbly though, due mainly to some great defending by corner-backs Conor O'Sullivan and Eoin Whooley, and three points on the trot gave them a 2-9 to 2-5 lead with five minutes remaining.
Brogans refused to concede and it took a great save by Glanmire keeper Alan Bowen, who stuck out his leg to deflect Maurice Sexton's goal-bound effort out for a fruitless 65, and Brogans' only reward for some late pressure was an O'Callaghan point late.
: Glanmire: M. Murphy 0-4; R. O'Driscoll, J. Halbert 1-0 each; R. Witty 0-3 (0-2 frees); C. Brosnan, L. Kearney 0-1 each. St. Brogans: D. O'Callaghan 1-5 (frees); N. O'Sullivan 1-0; T. Harrington 0-1.
: A. Bowen; C. O'Sullivan, A. O'Connell, E. Whooley; R. O'Connor, B. McHugh, C. Brosnan; D. Molden, C. Leahy; N. Fitzpatrick, M. Murphy, J. Halbert; R. O'Driscoll, R. Witty, M. O'Carroll. Subs. L. Kearney for O'Connor; M. Clifford for O'Driscoll.
: R. Hayes; D. Ryan, C. O'Donovan, F. Keane; C. Lordan, D. Lynch, J. Crowley; G. O'Riordan, M. Deasy; T. Harrington, D. O'Callaghan, M. Sexton; N. O'Sullivan, D. Crowley, R. Payne. Subs. G. Twomey for Lordan; J. McCarthy for Payne.
: D. Fleming (Blackrock).
IN the other two quarter finals played, Midleton CBS proved too strong for Hamilton HS Bandon, winning 3-13 to 2-6 at Páirc Uinsinn. The East Cork school had wind advantage in the first half at the end of which they led 1-8 to 0-2.
The Bandon school threatened to make a match of it scoring 1-2 in quick succession on the changeover but a rather fortuitous goal for Midleton killed off the Hammies challenge.
: Midleton: E. O'Keeffe 1-6 (0-4 frees); K. Mulcahy 1-3; F. Day 1-0; J. Keane 0-2; E. Kennedy, R. White 0-1 each. Hamilton HS: M. Bradfield, K. O'Driscoll 1-0 each; S. Hallihan 0-2; C. O'Driscoll, S. Connolly, K. Coffey, P. Breen 0-1each
ST COLMANS and Coláiste Chríost Rí produced a marvellous contest at Watergrasshill where the Fermoy college eventually emerged winners on a 2-17 to 2-10 scoreline.
A feature of this keenly contested affair was the scoring exploits of county minor Adrian Mannix for Colmans who contributed 1-12, while Brian Corry accounted for 2-5 of Críost Rí's tally. The Capwell side led by a point at the break after playing with the wind but had 10 wides which were to prove extremely costly.
: St. Colmans: A. Mannix 1-12 (1-6 frees, 0-1 65); M. Collins 1-2; S. Kearney 0-2; E. Barry 0-1. Críost Rí: B. Corry 2-5 (0-3 frees); R. Walsh 0-2; J. Bonus, E. Keane, P. Butler (free) 0-1 each.
* The fourth quarter-final is played today between Christian Brothers and Carrigaline CS in Carrigaline at 12.30pm.