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A number of the big names made it through to the last 16 with leading qualifier Ronan Mullarney falling at that stage, along with Rowan Lester, while Peter O’Keeffe fell at the last eight hurdle.

The final four still standing are Robbie Cannon (Balbriggan) who takes on Alex Gleeson (Castle) in the first semi-final, while Conor Purcell (Portmarnock) will take on Eoin Leonard (Wentworth) in the second semi.

RESULTS: 
D Brophy (Castleknock) bt R Mullarney (Galway) 1 hole; R Cannon (Balbriggan) bt G Collins (Rosslare) 7&6; A Gleeson (Castle) bt R Lester (Hermitage) 1 hole; P O’Keeffe (Douglas) bt J Walsh (Castle) 3&2; C Purcell (Portmarnock) bt J Sugrue (Mallow) 20th; E Smith (L’town & B’town) bt R Moran (Castle) 2&1; E Leonard (Wentworth) bt K Stack (Dungarvan) 6&5; M McCormack (Moss Creek) bt R Dutton (Tandragee) 2&1

Quarter Finals
Cannon bt Brophy 4&2; Gleeson bt O’Keeffe 1 hole; Purcell bt Smith 4&2; Leonard bt McCormack 19th

Draw for Wednesday 8th August
Semi-Finals
0800 Cannon v Gleeson;
0810 Purcell v Leonard

1300 Final

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