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Pat's see red as Brendan's take Hogan

St Patrick's 2-06 - St Brendan's 2-13

By Declan Bogue

Published 04/04/2016

Evan Cronin of St Brendan’s lifts the Hogan Cup
Evan Cronin of St Brendan’s lifts the Hogan Cup

Whatever else Conor Glass goes on to achieve in his sporting life, he will never forget his final action after four years of Colleges football.

In the 44th minute, following consultation with an umpire, referee David Gough approached the Maghera midfielder and issued a straight red card. Glass' astonished reaction was matched by everyone in the press box and plenty in the stands.

From that point on, St Brendan's hit 2-5, answered only by a single St Pat's point, to claim their third Hogan Cup.

"I would have to see very strong video evidence to believe that Conor Glass done anything," said Maghera's manager, Paul Hughes afterwards.

"They said he was accused of striking. That's not Conor Glass, it's not the Conor Glass I have known for seven years in the school. It is not what he does."

Despite plenty of provocation, Glass' ability to hold his discipline is renowned. He had just dropped back to pick up Brendan's dangerman David Clifford for the third quarter and St Pat's were in total control of the game.

Freed from the shackles, Clifford then went on to hit 2-3 in the final quarter.

After Maghera lost their captain, they began to seriously wobble. In the first half they had been largely the better side, but racked up five wides.

As early as the sixth minute they were presented with a penalty when Oisin McWilliams, following up a Jack Doherty shot that was parried by Brendan's goalkeeper David Carroll, was upended by Niall Donoghue.

Francis Kearney's penalty was saved as Carroll guessed right and batted the ball away.

A goal did arrive three minutes later with a bit of slick interplay from Glass with a threaded ball to Conal Darragh, who set up Patrick Kearney to drill across goal to the net.

Brendan's did have some moments, but found it increasingly hard to break down a disciplined Maghera rearguard, although Dara Moynihan with two from play in the opening half, might have went for goal rather than taking his point on 26 minutes.

After Glass' red card, the complexion of the game changed utterly. Brendan's ate into their lead while Maghera compiled a trio of damaging wides which if successfully converted, would have granted them more composure.

A Jack Doherty point kept them level with three minutes to go, but then a dash by Evan Cronin, a fist across the goal when it looked like he had spilled it under pressure, left Clifford with a scoop to the net. Maghera poured forward in search of an equalising goal, with their own captain Dan O'Brien also dismissed for an off-the-ball incident against torturer-in-chief Shane McGuigan.

Brendan's won a free high up and David Shaw spotted Clifford who managed to shimmy past Patrick Turner before roofing his shot to the net.

Pat's manager Paul Hughes summed up their season.

"Unfortunately we didn't get over the line, but it doesn't take away from what they have achieved in their time they have been with us," he said.

ST PAT'S: S Cassidy; O McKeever, P Turner, K Feeney; P McCormick, S Downey 0-1, C McAllister; C Glass, J Doherty 0-1; P Kearney, P Quigg, O McWilliams 0-1; C Darragh, S McGuigan 1-3

Subs: F Higgins for Darragh (42m)

Yellow cards: McWilliams (6m), P Kearney (60m) Black cards: 0 Red cards: Glass (44m)

ST BRENDAN'S: D Carroll; C Gammell, D O'Brien, C O'Donoghue; N Donoghue, D Naughton, M Potts; L O'Donoghue 0-1, 1x'45', B Courtney; D Moynihan 0-4, D Clifford 2-5, 2f, P McCarthy; E Cronin 0-1, D Shaw 0-1, M Casey 0-1

Subs: W Courtney for Casey (43m), D Spillane for McCarthy (60m)

Yellow cards: Donoghue (60m)

Black cards: 0

Red cards: O'Brien (50m)

Referee: David Gough (Meath)

 

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