Clonakilty Community College 3-10 High School Clonmel 0-9
THREE second-half goals clinched Clonakilty Community College's place in the quarter-finals of the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Post-Primary Schools Senior Football Championship) in Mallow yesterday.
The result means Cork will have four representatives in the last-eight in mid-January with St Francis College, Rochestown, Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, and Hamilton High School, Bandon, also through.
After the sides turned around level at 0-6 apiece, Clon took over on the resumption as their three All-Ireland winning Cork minors made their presence felt in a variety of ways.
One of those, full-back, Daniel Peet, provided the scoring pass for the first goal after 32 minutes, when Sean Walsh finished well to give the west Cork school a significant boost.
Clon could have had a second goal within four minutes after another All-Ireland winner, Ryan O'Donovan, was fouled on his way through for a penalty.
But, Clonmel keeper Fabian Kerton produced a magnificent one-handed save to turn Adam Hunt's well-struck around the post for a '45.
And Kerton came to his side's rescue again in the next attack as O'Donovan couldn't generate enough power with a low shot, which the keeper got down well to hold the ball safely.
The Clon attacker managed a point entering the closing quarter with a shot that bounced awkwardly over Kerton's head to leave it still nicely poised at 1-7 to 0-7.
But, two goals in three minutes shortly after killed off High School's dogged resistance.
O'Donovan turned supplier for substitute Conor Daly to score for a two-goal advantage after 48 minutes before Padraic Cullinane rattled in the third via the inside of an upright for 3-7 to 0-7.
And while the Tipperary school kicked a couple of points, Clon responded well to close out the game with the impressive Dean Harte pointing before O'Donovan chalked up his sixth and seventh points.
A 10-point winning margin hardly likely after High School started on the front foot and were 0-4 to 0-1 in front at the end of the opening quarter.
But, the switch of the other Cork minor, Jack Lawton, from centre-back to midfield had a major influence in arresting High School's control.
Ably supported by Andrew Guinevan, Lawton drove on his side as Jack O'Regan and O'Donovan, following a quick JP Eady free, cut the deficit to the minimum.
And while High School edged two in front by the 20th minute, Clon hit the next three points with Lawton setting up O'Donovan to score off his right.
High School needed a Cathal Deely point to level it up at 0-6 each at the break only for the west Cork school to up their performance in the second half.
Scorers for Clonakilty CC: R O'Donovan 0-7, 1f, S Walsh, C Daly and P Cullinane 1-0 each, D Harte, J O'Regan, JP Eady 0-1 each
High School: A Keely 0-3, C O'Mahony 0-2, 1f, B Kehoe, B McKeown, M O'Connor and C Deely 0-1 each
CLONAKILTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: H Oates (Carbery Rangers); C Dineen (Ibane Gaels), D Peet (Clonakilty), F Walsh (Ibane Gaels); D Harte (Ballinascarthy), J Lawton (Ibane Gaels), D Holland (do); J O'Regan (Carbery Rangers), A Guinevan (Ibane Gaels); A Hunt (Clonakilty), R O'Donovan (Ibane Gaels), S Walsh (Ibane Gaels); P Cullinane (Ballinascarthy), JP Eady (Carbery Rangers), C Cullinane (Ballinascarthy).
Subs: C Daly (Clonakilty) for Eady, half-time, R O'Brien (Eoin Gaels) for O'Regan 40, A McSweeney (Ibane Gaels) for Walsh injured 55.
HIGH SCHOOL CLONMEL: F Kerton (Clonmel Og); J Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), T Condon (do), B McKeown (Moyle Rovers); J Lyons (Grangemockler), C Neville (Kilsheelan), E Butler (do); B Comerford (Grangemockler), E McCarthy (Clonmel Commercials); C Deely (do), B Kehoe (Kilsheelan), B O'Connor (do); M O'Connor (Clonmel Commercials), C O'Mahony (Fethard), A Keely (Clonmel Commercials).
Referee: J O'Leary (Mallow)