The ability to step up through the gears and grab scores helped Kilkenny CBS open their Leinster colleges senior A league campaign in style.
Key to the reigning champions’ success at Palmerstown was the dual threat of midfielder J.P. Treacy and livewire corner-forward Luke Scanlon.
Both showed a keen eye for the posts, rattling off 2-11 between them - more than the entire tally of opponents St Peter’s.
The duo were at their peak in eight devastating second half minutes. Scanlon got the ball rolling, soloing down the right before cutting in to lash the sliotar past netminder Oisin Foley.
Two points from Matthew McWey kept the CBS ticking over, the latter coming after Foley made a brilliant save to deny Robbie Murphy a goal, before Treacy mined another point from the puck-out to make it 2-14 to 1-7.
Peter’s did respond with a point from Harry O’Connor, but two more from Treacy left the CBS on the brink of a comfortable win.
Treacy was quick off the mark, taking just 60 seconds to rattle the net from a close range free. They quickly built a head of steam, Scanlon, Treacy (2) and Murphy adding on points to make it 1-4 to 0-1 by the 14th minute. Peter’s didn’t quiet for long, Donal Shanley pointing before he won an 18th minute aerial tussle with ’keeper Daragh Holohan and finished to an empty net.
That left two points between the sides but the CBS, who had a pillar of strength in centre-back Evan Cody, stepped on the gas again. Scanlon and Bill Cuddihy led the way, two Treacy frees pushing them further ahead. However, like scores from Michael Feeney meant Peter’s weren’t far behind at the interval (1-8 to 1-5).
The second half was dominated by the CBS. They charged ahead thanks to the hard work of Scanlon and Paul Delahunty, before hitting a purple patch of 1-5 in eight minutes to leave Peter’s shell-shocked.
There was a brief Wexford revival, Bill Eviston plundering a goal to add to two Michael Feeney frees. It put a better complexion on the scoreboard, but sub Thomas Kenny’s late brace of points ensured the CBS got the big win their performance deserved.
CBS - Daragh Holohan, Jim Dollard, Cathal McGrath, Dylan Scott, Kevin Galvin, Evan Cody, Kevin Mullen, J.P. Treacy (1-8, 1-4 frees, 0-2 65), Corey Cahill, Matthew McWey (0-2), Bill Cuddihy (0-1), Niall Mullins, Luke Scanlon (1-3), Paul Delahunty (0-1), Robbie Murphy (0-1). Subs: Thomas Kenny (0-2), Diarmuid Doheny.
St Peter’s - Oisin Foley, Tony Kelly, Jim Rossiter, Aaron Murphy, Ross Donoghue (0-2, 0-1 free), Aaron Maddock, Nevin Rossiter, Donal Kelly, Joe O’Connor, Michael Feeney (0-6, frees), Jake Firman, Bill Eviston (1-0), Jody Donoghue, Donal Shanley (1-1), Harry O’Connor (0-1).
Ref - Paddy Neary.