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Tomás O'Leary Munster in action during squad training at University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Tomás O'Leary Munster in action during squad training at University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Former Irish international rugby star Tomás O'Leary helps Erin's Own upset the odds in junior football championship

ERIN’S OWN have advanced to the Cork County JAFC semi-final, following a gritty 0-9 to 0-8 victory over Kilmurry in the quarter-final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday night.

Many people might feel this is a shock result, but the Glounthaune based side were full value for their victory, despite a slow start. The winning point was a James Taylor free after former Irish rugby star Tomás O’Leary was hauled down on his introduction in the 58th.

Ex-Munster scrumhalf O’Leary, a star hurler in his youth and Cork minor captain back in 2001, was introduced late on and made the desired impact. The veteran won a great ball and was brought down for a free on the 20-metre line. Taylor, who also has a rugby background as he's the UCC outhalf, tapped over a point, with the final-whistle sounding soon after.

James Taylor on the rugby field.
James Taylor on the rugby field.

Erin’s Own will face Kilmacabea in the last four this Saturday in Brinny at 4pm. The victory was a pick-me-up after the disappointment of a senior hurling exit to Imokilly at the quarter-final stage, while Kilmurry will turn their attention to the U21 championship.