Yesterday in Templemoe, Nenagh were 1-17 to 0-16 winners against CBS HS Clonmel.
Leading 0-10 to 0-8 at half-time, it wasn’t until Michael Brislane’s late goal that Nenagh could breathe easily.
Ruadhan Mulrooney and Keith Nealon featured heavily on the scoresheet for the North Tipp side.
Two other Cork schools be in the last eight after St Francis College, Rochestown and Youghal’s Pobalscoil na Tríonóide got the wins to ensure their progression from Group 3.
Rochestown had to battle for a 0-16 to 0-13 victory against St Caimin’s in Charleville, with late points from the excellent Shane Kingston, Ciarán Cormack — who was excellent from frees throughout — and Seán Powter securing a third victory in three games. Ben O’Gorman featured heavily among the scoring for Caimin’s, who led by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time.
In the other game, Youghal also came back from a half-time deficit to beat Charleville CBS by 0-18 to 2-11 in Fermoy. Tim O’Mahony — who finished with 2-7 — and Darragh Fitzgibbon helped Charleville to a 1-8 to 0-7 interval lead, but in the second half Youghal managed to gain the upper hand.
Declan Dalton scored 12 points in total for them while impressive midfielders John Paul Lucey and Matthew Farrell got two each with Darragh O’Brien good at centre-back.
In Group 1, Thurles CBS ensured their qualification with a 2-15 to 3-3 win against Blackwater CS in Clonmel.
At half-time, Thurles were up against it as the Lismore school led by 2-2 to 0-5, the goals from Tommy Barron and Shane Bennett. Kevin Duggan and Brendan Kelly both goaled for Thurles in the second half, with Niall Heffernan, Jack Butler and Robbie Long among the points. Barron scored a third Lismore goal.
Thurles will be joined in the last eight by Ardscoil Rís if the holders can beat St Flannan’s in their last game.
Yesterday, Ardscoil beat West Limerick Colleges by 1-21 to 0-11 in Kilmallock, with Peter Casey scoring 1-8 while Eoin Mulcahy and Ronan Lynch also featured prominently.
Séamus Flanagan accounted for the bulk of the West Limerick output.
St Colman’s College kept alive their hopes of emerging from Group 2 with a 5-11 to 0-5 win over the already-eliminated De La Salle at Fraher Field.
Dean Linehan’s goal inside 10 seconds set the tone for Colman’s and Jamie O’Leary also found the net as they led by 2-4 to 0-2 at half-time.
O’Leary added another goal in the second half with Niall O’Leary and Stephen Condon also raising green flags.
That was the only game played in that group, which remains wide open.
Castletroy College and Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa of Doon meet next week before the final round of matches in a fortnight.