St. Kieran’s College 2-9 Kilkenny C.B.S. 1-10
St Kieran’s College won yet another Leinster colleges title when they just edged out a brave Kilkenny C.B.S. in a game played in ideal conditions at Nowlan Park yesterday afternoon.
In a game that was close all through Kieran’s centre forward Michael Donnell opened the scoring with a point in the first minute. C.B.S hit back with a point from Kevin Kenny followed by a goal from the same player who he took on the defence before giving Kieran’s goalie Noel Keogh no chance. That goal was to stand the C.B.S. lads in good stead for a long time as it kept them in front until midway through the second half. At the end of the first quarter C.B.S. were still holding on to a two points lead 1-2 to 0-3. Wing back Mason Clifford extended the C.B.S lead with a good point in the 21st minute to leave them 1-4 to 0-4 ahead and the score remained the same until the half time break as both sides but particularly C.B.S. were prone to poor finishing this stage of the match.
Michael Donnell and Ciaran Doyle exchanged points in the opening minutes of the new half before a foul on Kevin Kenny gave Ciaran Doyle a chance to extend the C.B.S. lead. However Doyle was off target and two minutes later Michael Donnell hit over a free for St. Kieran’s to leave just two points between the sides after 35 minutes. Then in the 40th minute Cormac Wafer took advantage of some indecision in the C.B.S. defence to scramble home a goal and St Kieran’s were in front for the first time in the match. Kieran’s 1-6 C.B.S. 1-5.
Their lead didn’t last long Ciaran Doyle levelled it all up again. Michael O Donnell and Mason Clifford exchanged points before Thomas O Hanrahan fired home St Kieran’s second goal in the 47th minute and that score proved vital. A minute later C.B.S. were handed a golden opportunity to level it up again when Mason Clifford was fouled inside the square However Eoin Mc Grath’s penalty was saved at the expense of a point and St Kieran’s lead remained intact. Michael Donnell put a goal between the sides again with a free before two pointed frees from Ciaran Doyle left a point between the sides. C.B.S had one last chance on a day when they missed too many but the sliotar flew across the face of the goal and a Michael Donnell free in time added on secured another Leinster title for St Kieran’s .
Final Score St Kierans 2-9 Kilkenny C.B.S. 1-10
Noel Keogh (Clara) Robert O Hanrahan (Thomas town) Robert Lennon (Bennettsbridge) William Allen (Rower/Inistioge) Enda Morrissey (Bennettsbridge) Emmet Byrne (Young Irelands) Aidan Cleere (Bennettsbridge) Peter Keneally (Dunnammaggin) Cormac Wafer (Bennettsbridge) Chris Bolger (Clara) Michael Donnell (Thomas town) Diarmuid Cody (James Stephens) David Burke (O’ Loughlin Gaels) Thomas O Hanrahan (Thomastown) Ciaran Prendergast (Clara)
Subs Jack M c Grath (James Stephens) James Maher (St Lachtains) David Hennessey James Stephens)
Darragh Holohan (Dicksboro) Shane Cassin (Clara) Evan Cody (Dicksboro) Cathal M c Grath (John Lockes) Niall Mullins (James Stephens) Owen Mc Grath (John Lockes) Mason Clifford (Dicksboro) Darragh Sheehan (Danesfort) Jack Langton (Clara) Kevin Kenny (Dicksboro) Shane Cuddihy (Tullaroan) Eoin Fennelly, Robbie Fitzpatrick (Dicksboro) Ciaran Doyle (Barrow Rangers) Philly Campion (St Lachtains)