AN excellent win by Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí against Glanmire’s Coláiste an Phiarsaigh has advanced them to the quarter-finals of the U19B Boys Subway All-Ireland Schools Cup.
Having claimed national glory at C level last year, CPB have moved up a grade but, with nine of the victorious side still available, so far they have been more than able for the increase in quality.
CPB had received a first-round bye while Glanmire had overcome St Paul’s of Raheny in their first outing, but there were no signs of rustiness as Bantry moved into a 19-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
Tom Flynn, Kevin Clifford and Shane Murray all scored three-pointers while the inside duo of Sean Brady and Liam Cotter commanded the boards. Dylan Clifford also found his range with some good scores and the driving of man-of-the-match TJ Sullivan was too difficult for the Glanmire school to stop.
Hugh Fitzgerald, Daniel Downey and Daniel O’ Sullivan all played important roles in a squad that is now boosted by the younger players of Niall and Gerard O’Keeffe, Michael Folan and Timmy Keohane. While Glanmire closed the gap slightly by half-time, a 27-11 was never going to be coughed up by Bantry, who ran out 56-28 winners in the end.
Coláiste Pobail now have a home quarter-final to look forward to after midterm, with the opposition provided by Larkin College of Dublin, who had a high-scoring 90-78 win over Limerick’s St Munchin’s.