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Convincing display by St Michael's books passage to Hogan Cup final

St Michael's, Enniskillen 2-13 St Colman's, Claremorris 1-10

Winning feeling: the victorious St Michael’s players celebrate
Winning feeling: the victorious St Michael’s players celebrate

By Gareth Cauldwell

St Michael's will face Naas CBS in the Hogan Cup final next Saturday in Croke Park following their six-point win over St Colman's Claremorris in Longford on Saturday.

The Fermanagh school had come flying out of the traps and they raced into a 2-05 to 0-01 lead by midway through the first half.

However, the Connacht side rallied over the remainder of the half and by the break there was only two points dividing the sides.

And when St Colman's landed the first point of the second period it left the minimum between the sides.

St Michael's though regained the upper hand as they produced a composed second half display to run out deserving victors.

Playing with the breeze at their backs, St Michael's could not have asked for a better start to the game as Darragh McBrien opened the coring from a free before the excellent Conor Love blazed over.

St Michael's swooped for their first goal in the fourth minute as Love played in Caolan Duffy and he slotted low to the net

And soon after they bagged a second goal with Love this time the scorer, the Enniskillen man getting on the end of a Pol McKervey pass before thumping to the net.

When Duffy and Micheál Glynn tagged on points Enniskillen led 2-04 to 0-00 and looked firmly in control of matters.

St Colman's registered their first point of the game through a Conor McGuinness free although St Michael's answered with a McBrien free.

However, this was to be the Fermanagh side's last score of the half as Claremorris started to find their feet.

The Mayo school gained a footing in the middle third and Matt Saunders, Ethan Henry, McGuinness, Padraig Cummins and Niall Treacy all fired over points as they began to eat into the St Michael's lead.

St Michael's did have a goal chance before half-time but Pol McKervey gave away possession and St Colman's swept down the other end for Enda Hession to power to the net to leave two in it at the interval, 2-05 to 1-06.

McGuinness notched the first point of the second half from a free for St Colman's but Enniskillen regained the initiative and McBrien rattled over two fine points from play while Love and Josh Largo Elis also chipped in with a point as they pushed into a 2-09 to 1-08 lead.

McGuinness and James Jennings did knock over frees for Claremorris but with the increasingly influential Glynn hitting St Michael's last four points it was the Fermanagh side who finished up convincing victors, 2-13 to 1-10.

Scorers: St Michael's: C Love (1-02), M Glynn (0-05, 3f), D McBrien (0-04, 2f), C Duffy (1-01), J Largo Elis (0-01)

St Colman's: C McGuinness (0-05, 5f), E Hession (1-00), E Henry (0-01, 1'45), P Cummins (0-01), M Saunders (0-01), N Treacy (0-01), J Jennings (0-01, 1f)

St Michael's: S McNally; L Flanagan, G Cavanagh, J Horan; A O'Caithain, J Largo Elis, R McHugh; B Horan, J McDade; C Duffy, M Glynn, D McBrien; P McKervey, C Love, T Keenan. Subs: R Mc Govern for McKervey, G Quigley for Keenan, G Treacy for J Horan (b/c), C McAloon for McGovern, N McAdam for Mc Aloon (b/c)

St Colman's Claremorris: D Fallon; c Dixon, J Commins, L Gallagher; E Henry, L Og Horkan, P Cummins; C Golding, S Keane; M Saunders, E Hession, N Treacy; J Jennings, C McGuinness, S Nyland. Subs: A Hughes for Saunders, C Naughton for Commins.

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