Kieran’s fall at semi-final hurdle

Dungarvan Colleges5-8

Dungarvan Colleges5-8

St Kieran’s College1-10

SAINT Kieran’s College had their dreams of All-Ireland colleges senior hurling A glory dashed by a rampant Dungarvan Colleges.

The Harty cup winners of 2012 and 2013 scored a comfortable 10-point victory against the Kilkenny boys at a bitterly cold Waterford IT sports campus yesterday (Tuesday).

By half-time, the writing was on the wall for St Kieran’s as Dungarvan plundered no fewer than four first half goals, including a hat-trick for man of the match Darragh Lyons.

But it wasn’t only the goal-getting of Lyons that impressed. The deadly inside forward dropped deep in the second half, offering extra cover to the Dungarvan defence.

Lyons struck for his opening goal in the second minute, when Kieran’s ’keeper Graham English was unlucky to see the sliotar spin off his hurl and into the net after pulling off a good save.

However, English had no chance when Patrick Curran set up Lyons for a second goal in the 20th minute, before Lyons returned the favour for a Curran goal two minutes later.

Lyons completed his treble in the 24th minute when a long delivery caused havoc in a jittery St Kieran’s full-back line and the Dungarvan hitman kicked the ball home.

St Kieran’s were reliant on the free-taking of Chris Bolger to keep them in touch in the first half but they trailed by 0-6 to 4-3 at the break.

Bolger was one of the few bright spots on a disappointing afternoon for St Kieran’s. The Clara midfielder banged home a consolation goal in stoppage time at the end of the game.

By then, the game was dead and buried as Dungarvan, now playing into the teeth of an icy breeze, kept St Kieran’s comfortably at arm’s length.

The fifth goal was knocked home by Ryan Donnelly, who netted two in the Harty Cup final.

Curran was once again the provider, two minutes after half-time, as English was left hopelessly exposed once again.

When Fergal Horgan blew his whistle for full-time, St Kieran’s had managed just 1-3 from play in the entire game. That was in direct contrast to a healthy haul of 4-5 posted by Dungarvan, who will contest a first ever All-Ireland final when they tackle Kilkenny CBS in the showpiece decider on April 6.

SCORERS: Dungarvan Colleges - Darragh Lyons (3-1, 0-1 free); Patrick Curran (1-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 65); Ryan Donnelly (1-1); Christoir Breathnach (0-2); Tom Devine, Seamus Keating (0-1 each). St Kieran’s College - Chris Bolger (1-6, 0-6 frees); Patrick Mullen (0-1, free); Stephen Farrell, Liam Blanchfield, Vincent Teehan (0-1 each).

St Kieran’s College - G. English, S. Morrissey, J. Tyrrell, C. Breen, S. Parsons, E. Gough, E. Walsh, C. Bolger, S. Farrell, L. Blanchfield, J. Maher, P. Hickey, M. Kenny, V. Teehan, J. Deasy. Subs: P. Mullen for Deasy, 29 mins; J. Haines for Hickey, 53 mins; R. Drennan for Blanchfield, 58 mins; L. Tennyson for Parsons, 60 mins.

Dungarvan Colleges - L. Power, M. Cronin, B. Looby, K. Looby, T. Burke, K. Daly, T. Devine, C. Curran, C. Dunford, C. Breathnach, M. Harney, S. Keating, D. Lyons, R. Donnelly, P. Curran. Subs: D. Gartland for Harney, 56 mins; J. Mullaney for K. Looby, 57 mins; S. Daly for Donnelly, 58 mins; E. Crotty for Keating, 60 mins.

Referee - F. Horgan (Tipperary).