Fachtnas advance to knockout stages of Corn Uí Mhuirí

A dramatic extra-time goal by Rob McCarthy saw St Fachtna’s DLS of Skibbereen advance to the knockout stage of the Munster Colleges Championship (Corn Uí Mhuirí) in a dramatic play-off against reigning Champions St. Brendans of Killarney in Kilmurry yesterday.

McCarthy’s goal in the 78th minute was due reward for an excellent individual display and finally settled the game, which had been on a knife-edge throughout.

St Fachtna’s were ahead by 1-6 to 0-7 at half time but St Brendan’s fought back strongly in the second half. Goals from Tadhg Ryan and Keith O’Leary had St Brendan’s four points clear with only seven minutes left, only for St Fachtna’s to fight back, with two fantastic late points by Donie Hodnett and McCarthy sending the game into extra-time.

Extra time was finely balanced until McCarthy’s 78th minute goal.

The champions from Killarney have one more chance to save their season when they face St.Colman’s of Fermoy in a play-off next Wednesday December 10th.

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