Kilkenny CBS showed nerves of steel during an tense and exciting closing to snatch a daring victory over Colaiste Eoin (Dublin) in the Leinster colleges senior hurling championship in Clonad, winning by 0-14 to 2-6..
Points from play in the 60th and 62nd minutes from Paddy Cahill and Luke Scanlon earned Kilkenny CBS a thrilling win and place in the semi-finals against either Good Coiunsel or Dublin North on February 16.
The losers were good at grabbing goal chances when they came their way. Strikes from Colm O’Neill (13th min) and Dara Gallagher (17th min) helped them shake up the opposition during the opening half before a 32nd minute point from the lively Oisin O’Rourke gave them an interval lead of 2-2 to 0-7.
The CBS grabbed the opening five scores of the second half before the Dubs charged back to parity again, getting level at 2-6 to 0-12 in the 50th minute. The action was nerving tingling after that, but in the end Cahill and Scanlon sneaked the Cats through.
Scorers: Kilkenny CBS – P. Cahill (0-8, seven free); J.P. Treacy (0-3, two frees); K. Kenny (0-2); L. Scanlon (0-1). Coláiste Eoin – D. O’Callaghan (1-3, three frees); C. O’Neill (1-1, point free); O. O’Rourke (0-2_.
Kilkenny CBS – D. Holohan, C. McGrath, E. Cody, D. Scott, G. Bryan, J.P. Treacy, P. Deegan, R. Fitzpatrick, N. Mullins, L. Scanlon, D. Bolger, M. McWey, K. Kenny, S. Cuddihy, P. Cahill. Subs, P. Delahunty for Bolger; R. Buckley for McWey.
Colaiste Eoin – J. Brennan, O. Sugrue, D. Murphy, J. Malone, C. O Seanáin, C. McGowan, C. Ryan Bryan, F. Ryan Bryan, E. Neary, C. Cronin, R. McBride, O. O’Rourke, D. Gallagher, C. O’Neill, C. O’Callaghan. Sub – D. Keane for C. O’Callaghan.
Referee - P Moran (Laois).