St Benildus prove no match for St Brendan’s of Killarney

Evan Cronin scores 2-3 in one-sided Hogan Cup semi-final in Nenagh

St Brendan’s have twice previously won the Hogan Cup, in 1969 and 1992.

St Brendan’s have twice previously won the Hogan Cup, in 1969 and 1992.

 

ALL-IRELAND COLLEGES SF SEMI-FINAL

St Brendans, Killarney 4-15

St Benildus 0-9

Evan Cronin helped himself to 2-3 as St Brendan’s demolished Dublin outfit St Benildus to keep alive hopes of a first Hogan Cup title since 1992. The famed Killarney outfit hit the high notes again, with all but one point of their winning tally collected from play at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh.

The writing was on the wall from a long way out as St Benildus had to wait until the 27th minute for their opening score – and were 16 points down before Callum Pearson pointed.

St Brendan’s were runners-up most recently in 2008 and 2010 but look well primed to replace fellow Kerry school Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne as All-Ireland Colleges champions.

They’ll have to wait to learn the identity of their final opponents as Ulster’s MacRory Cup final goes ahead on Thursday, the winners of that play Connacht champions Summerhill College, Sligo, in the other Hogan Cup semi-final.

By half-time, St Brendan’s were 3-7 to 0-2 clear of St Benildus, with inside forwards Michael Casey, Cronin and David Shaw bagging the goals.

Casey scored the game’s opening goal in the 11th minute to finish a flowing move and Cronin struck four minutes later. Three minutes before the break, Shaw netted from Billy Courtney’s pass and that was the signal for some patrons to head for the exits.

Scoring drought

Andrew Fox

St Benildus rallied briefly after the break but any faint hopes of a revival were snuffed out when the ball was turned over in midfield and “The Sem” broke with lightning speed. The end result was devastating as top scorer Cronin rammed home his second goal from close range.

ST BRENDAN’S: D Carroll; M Potts, C O’Donoghue, C Gammell; D O’Brien, D Naughton, N Donohue; L Donoghue, B Courtney; D Moynihan (0-3), D Clifford (0-4, one free), P McCarthy (0-2); E Cronin (2-3), D Shaw (1-1), M Casey (1-0). Subs: D Spillane for Donohue (45 mins), C O’Shea (0-1) for Casey (51 mins), M Pierce for Potts (55 mins), C Callaghan for Gammell (55 mins), A O’Shea (0-1) for Cronin (55 mins), F Murphy for Courtney (56 mins).

ST BENILDUS: A O’Callaghan; P O’Reilly, L Doran, A Walsh; D Keogh, A Bradshaw, S O’Reilly; C Pearson (0-1), P Flaherty; D O’Brien (0-1), J Rafferty (0-1), A Fox (0-1); S O’Brien (0-3), T Fox (0-2), T Keane. Subs: A Kelly for Walsh (half-time), C McRory for P O’Reilly (60 mins).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary).

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