It's derby Wednesday as Cork schools clash in the Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-finals

It's derby Wednesday as Cork schools clash in the Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-finals
Hugh Murphy of Coláiste Choilm breaks away from Cormac Reidy, St Flannan's. Picture: Don Moloney

AS in the Dr Harty Cup, Cork are guaranteed two semi-finalists in the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Post-Primnary Schools Senior Football Championship) after the quarter-finals tomorrow.

St Francis College, Rochestown, the last Cork side to contest a final, face Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, while there's an interesting west Cork derby between in-form Hamilton High School and Clonakilty Community College in Kilmichael.

The other quarter-finals involve the holders Pobalscoil Corcha Dhuibhne taking on a highly regarded St Flannan's College while there's an intriguing Kerry derby between St Brendan's Killarney and Tralee CBS.

Roco won both games to top their group containing Coláiste Chríost Rí and Tralee.

They pipped Turners by 1-13 to 0-14 with a strong scoring burst during the middle of the second-half and were all the way winners against Tralee, emerging triumphant by 1-13 to 0-8.

One of their key players is Conor Russell, whose 57th-minute goal killed off Tralee's challenge and helped increase his personal tally to an impressive 1-7 of which 1-5 came from play.

Douglas' Alan O'Hare breaks from Glanmire's Darragh Murray. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Douglas' Alan O'Hare breaks from Glanmire's Darragh Murray. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Alan O'Hare's pace and finishing ability combined for an important 0-3 contribution while Cobh's Nathan O'Connell shores up the defence from centre-back.

The team is made up of players from county minor champions St Michael's, Douglas, Nemo Rangers, Passage, Shamrocks and Ballygarvan.

Coláiste Choilm were also in a three-team group and experienced contrasting fortunes, opening with a resounding 3-10 to 0-8 win over High School Clonmel, but suffering a heavy defeat to St Flannan's, when the Ballincollig school only managed three points over the hour.

They showed their ability against the Tipperary outfit with goals from Evan Carroll, Eddie O'Connor and Kieran Walsh, a trio who also chipped in with a point apiece.

Hugh Murphy scored 0-4 from play to further reflect their scoring power in attack and Coláiste Choilm hope the big loss to St Flannan's was just an-off-day and not to be repeated.

There's a wide sprinkling of Muskerry clubs represented like Éire Óg, Ballincollig, Kilmurry, Inniscarra and Canovee.

Players on both sides will be quite familiar with one another from the club scene and that adds further intrigue to the contest.

Cormac Buckley, De La Salle Macroom, tackling Fionn Herlihy for Hamilton High School. Picture: Denis Boyle
Cormac Buckley, De La Salle Macroom, tackling Fionn Herlihy for Hamilton High School. Picture: Denis Boyle

Hamilton High School will start favourites against Clonakilty Community College on the basis of their magnificent form shown in a four-team group from they emerged with a creditable 100% record.

And the Bandon side certainly know how to score goals, having bagged 10 already, including three in the opening games, when they accounted for Skibbereen Community School by 3-17 to 1-12 and De La Salle Macroom by 3-13 to 2-9.

But, it was their concluding game against Dingle which raised eyebrows because they inflicted an unexpected 4-8 to 2-10 defeat on the defending champions.

The Hammies defied difficult conditions and the quality of opponent with a smashing display, which featured goals from the talented Fionn Herlihy, who totalled 1-5, Eolan McSweeney, who netted twice, with Adam Walsh-Murphy adding 1-1.

Midfielders Adam Kenneally and Niall Lawton imposed themselves impressively on proceedings as well while the west Cork school defended well against the elements in the second-half.

Clonakilty Community College finished runners-up to St Brendan's in a section also containing two other Kerry schools, Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee, and Intermediate School Killorglin.

Clon began with a 2-11 to 1-11 win over Mercy Mounthawk, when Conor Hayes scored both goals and Brian White added 0-4.

They suffered a heavy defeat by the Sem which made their final game against Killorglin a must-win affair and Clon went about their business from the start to run out comfortable 0-17 to 0-3 winners to book their place in the knock-out phase.

Once again, White was to the fore in the scoring stakes with 0-3 though Ryan O'Donovan stole the show with a half dozen points while JP Eady, Ciarán O'Neill and Páraic Cullinane added 0-2 each.

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