St Kieran’s College scored a good win over St Peter’s College (Wexford) in this well contested second round Leinster colleges junior hurling (under-14) league clash at the Kilkenny school. The score was 3-6 to 0-7, writes Gary Tynan.
Peter’s opened the scoring with three unanswered points. Kieran’s had a few chances before finding the target in the seventh minute, Adrian Mullen converting a free.
Shortly afterwards, Kieran’s grabbed the first goal of the game. John Dooley made the net dance with a powerful shot after a great delivery from Brian O’Hanrahan.
Peter’s responded with a point from a 20-metre free to level things at the end of the quarter. The Peter’s backs were put under a lot of pressure. They cracked when Brian O’Hanrahan breezed through the centre to shoot Kieran’s second goal.
The Kieran’s forward line was playing very well, especially Paudric Mullen, Brian O’Hanrahan and Nathan Donoghue. Adrian Mullen grabbed two more points, one from play. The winners were well in control and only conceded one more score before the break, a well worked point.
At half-time, the winners led by 2-3 to 0-5.
St Peter’s needed to start the second half strongly. They did and put pressure on the Kieran’s defence, but the home backline held up well. Peter’s lost all hope in the 40th minute when their ’keeper fumbled a high ball. The sliotar rolled out to Brian O’Hanrahan, who lashed it into the net and it looked game over.
With 20 minutes left, Kieran’s led by 3-3 to 0-5. Peter’s continued to fight, however. They gave their all and after a few missed chances, grabbed their first score of the half. Soon after, Kieran’s goalie Michael Carey had to be at his best to keep out a bullet of a shot.
The losers continued to concede points. Adrian Mullen picked off another one, his third free of the game. Peter’s hit back for a point but it wasn’t enough to bring them back into the game.
Paudric Mullen and Sam Hickey continued to play well for St Kieran’s, who were easy winners in the end.
St Kieran’s college scorers – Brian O’Hanrahan (2-1); Adrian Mullen (0-5); John Dooley (1-0).