Kilkenny CBS were winners and losers in O’Toole Park. On the pitch they ran up their third win. Off it, there was a downer; the players’ dressing-room was robbed.
The Gardai were called when the theft was discovered after the game. A number of mobile phones and around 100 euro in cash were stolen.
Meanwhile, an unblemished run has left champions, Kilkenny CBS in the happy position of being totally in charge of their own destiny at the business end of things in the Leinster post primary schools senior hurling Roionn A league.
A place in the semi-finals on November 27 is all but in the bag, and the CBS can top their group if they beat Colaiste Eoin, Dublin in this last preliminary round tie. The final is scheduled for December 4.
Dublin South, who were robbed of a batch of players because of minor and under-21 championship ties at club level, cobbled together a team and put up a decent show, but really this wasn’t much of a test for the CBS, who dominated from start to finish.
Lax moments saw the CBS concede two handy enough goals from frees. Apart from the simple reminder that they must be on their guard against all close in frees, there wasn’t much the CBS learned in a tie that lacked a competitive edge.
The Dubs had use of the strong wind that blew right down the field. The tie was barely 90 seconds old when the CBS launced an attack. It finished with Paul Delahunty scoring a goal after full-forward, Cian Loy had a shot blocked down.
That was bad enough for the Dubs, but when they missed three early chances from frees they passed up a great opportunity to get into the match. They were struggling until Keith Robinson sneaked a goal from a close in free in the 12th minute (1-1 each).
Ten minutes further on they were sharing parity at 1-4 each, but concessions to fine striker, Andrew Gaffney (two frees) and then a second goal to Paul Delahunty left them 2-6 to 1-4 behind at the rest. A striking aspect of the fare in that half was the combination play of the winners’, expecially the clever way they played the ball out of defence. They knitted together some lovely sequences of play.
The winners opened the new half with a pair of pointed frees from J.P. Treacy and Andrew Gaffney. Robinson posted a replay, but when Cian Loy ran on to a placed free before making space to shoot another good minor, the CBS were on their way.
They were well up the road to victory after the next score. A Paddy Deegan drive from way out the field was dropped into the net by the goalie, 3-9 to 1-5. There was a blemish moments from the end. The defence failed to set itself properly against a Robinson free. A goal was conceded. Bad error!
It wasn’t a day for making or breaking reputations. The CBS had ‘good ones’ in the strong Cathal McGrath, the half-back line trio of Gary Bryan, Paddy Deegan and Dylan Scott, along with J.P. Treacy and Andrew Gaffney.
Scorers: Kilkenny CBS - Andrew Gaffney (0-7, six frees); Paul Delahunty (2-0); Paddy Deegan (1-1); J.P. Treacy (0-3, frees); Ross Butler, James Lanehan, Cian Loy (0-1 each). Dublin South - Keith Robinson (2-6, goals frees, four points frees); Gary Quinnlivan (0-1).
Kilkenny CBS - Darragh Holohan (Dicksboro); Diarmuid Doheny (Tullaroan), Cathal McGrath (John Lockes), Daniel O’Driscoll (O’Loughlin’s); Gary Bryan (O’Loughlin’s), Pat Deegan (O’Loughlin’s), Dylan Scott (Dicksboro); Chris Kavanagh (Dicksboro), Ross Butler (O’Loughlin’s); J.P. Treacy (Young Irelands), James Lenehan (O’Loughlin’s), Paul Delahunty (Young Irelands); Robbie Buckley (O’Loughlin’s), Cian Loy (O’Loughlin’s), Andrew Gaffney (Dicksboro). Subs - Thomas Gleeson (O’Loughlin’s), Thomas Kenny (O’Loughlin’s), Jim Dollard (Dicksboro), Robbie Murphy (Dicksboro).
Dublin South - A. Boy Lyons, C. Mellett, C. Brady, P. Dunne, F. Murray, G. Quinnlivan, H. McVeigh, M. McCallion, K. McCarron, R. Cannon, J. Madden, E. Giles, D. Kerr, K. Robinson, D. Molloy. Subs - G. Crowley, E. Reynolds, C. Molloy, S. Mahon.
Referee - James ‘Shiner’ Brennan (Dublin). The referee, who hails from Castlecomer originally, is a former senior All-Ireland medal winner with Kilkenny, 1992 and 1993. Subsequently he threw in his lot with Dublin. He took up refereeing four years ago, and recently he took charge of the Dublin senior hurling final replay. Aged 44 now, he may yet appear on the inter-county stage.