St Brendan’s College, Killarney ended a 24-year famine with victory over St Patrick’s, Maghera in today’s entertaining Hogan Cup decider.
The crucial score for the winners arrived on 58 minutes, the excellent David Clifford fisting to the net after a fine run by Evan Cronin to create the opening. The goal moved St Brendan’s 1-12 to 2-6 in front.
Both sides had been reduced to 14 men by this juncture; Conor Glass was dismissed on a straight red card after 44 minutes, St Brendan’s losing a man on 55 minutes when Dan O’Brien was given his marching orders. Following the second red card handed out by referee David Gough, St Brendan’s outscored their opponents by 2-2 to 0-1.
Clifford, who finished with 2-5, sealed victory with a second goal in the second minute of injury-time.
For Maghera, failure to build on Shane McGuigan’s goal on 36 minutes, ultimately, proved their downfall. They would only score twice in the second period.
The underdogs had returned down the tunnel at half-time 1-5 to 0-7 in front, a Shane McGuigan free in first-half stoppages edging them back in front. The Derry outfit held the inside lane for much of that opening period, thanks in the main to a Patrick Kearney goal on eight minutes. The St Patrick’s forward, set-up by Conal Darragh, benefited from a Niall Donohue slip to fire beyond David Carroll.
St Patrick’s were unlucky not to have raised a green flag minutes earlier as Carroll pulled off a fine save to keep out a Francis Kearney penalty. Óisin McWilliams split the posts following Kearney’s goal and all of sudden, a gap of four points had been opened up.
St Brendan’s, who hadn’t been tested coming into today’s contest, dusted themselves down and rattled off the next five scores through Billy Courtney (’45), Evan Cronin, Michael Casey and David Clifford (0-2); 0-6 to 1-2 now read the scoreboard.
The scores were certainly coming easier to the Kerry students, but Maghera were being rewarded for their hard-work and their dominance in the middle of the field where Jack Doherty was exerting considerable influence.
St Patrick’s moved back in front with two on the bounce through Shea Downey and McGuigan, and despite a fine Dara Moynihan score on 26 minutes, McGuigan’s second free just before the short whistle was the difference at the break.
Scorers for St Brendan’s: D Clifford (2-5, 0-2 frees); D Moynihan (0-4); E Cronin, B Courtney (0-1 ’45), D Shaw, M Casey (0-1 each).
Scorers for St Patrick’s:S McGuigan (1-3, 0-2 frees); P Kearney (1-0); S Downey, J Doherty, O McWilliams (0-1 each).
St Brendan’s: D Carroll (Spa); C Gammell (Legion), D O’Brien (Glenflesk), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk); N Donohue (Firies), D Naughton (Dr Crokes), M Potts (Dr Crokes); L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), B Courtney (Dr Crokes); P McCarthy (Legion), D Clifford (Fossa), D Moynihan (Spa); E Cronin (Spa), D Shaw (Dr Crokes), M Casey (Dr Crokes).
Subs: W Courtney (Firies) for Casey (43), D Spillane (Spa) for McCarthy (59)
St Patrick’s: S Cassidy (Slaughtneil); O McKeever (Dungiven), P Turner (Swatragh), K Feeney (Slaughtneil); P McCormack (Moneyglass), S Downey (Lavey), C McAllister (Slaughtneil); C Glass (Glen), J Doherty (Glen); P Kearney (Swatragh), P Quigg (Kilrea), O McWilliams (Swatragh); C Darragh (Glen), S McGuigan (Slaughtneil), F Kearney (Swatragh).
Subs: F Higgins (Dungiven) for Darragh (42)
Referee: D Gough (Meath).