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St Malachy's College march into All-Ireland semi-finals

By David Kelly

St Malachy's College coach Adrian Fulton hailed his young guns after they moved through to the last four of the All-Ireland Schools' Cup.

Malachy's, who won the Cup last year, edged a 64-63 thriller with Summerhill College of Sligo who led 33-26 at half-time as Cian Lally, Philip Hamilton and Oisin O'Reilly showed their class.

But Malachy's re-grouped and Sean Quinn - brother of twins Conor and Aidan, who won the Cup last year - was to the fore in the second half as he executed some fine plays.

John Smye and Odhran Eastwood kept the score board ticking over in the third quarter, while Niall McKeown, Jordan McCloskey, John Largey and John McMurray worked tirelessly to defend and rebound.

But with 19 seconds remaining, Summerhill led by a point and it took a moment of magic from Eastwood to set up Quinn for the winning basket.

Fulton said: "Odhran came up with the most important steal of the season as he got his hands on their inbounds pass and then passed to Sean, who got the crucial basket.

"It was a great win for us, the lads are playing some great basketball and we hope to keep it going all the way to the final."

Not to be outdone, the College's under-16 basketball team have also advanced to the semi-final stage of the All-Ireland Schools' Cup defeating Carrigaline Community School, Cork 46-40.

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