It may not have been a perfect performance, but it was impressive and strong, and there was a familiar finish for St Kieran’s College - they won the Leinster Post Primary schools senior hurling championship final.
The famous Kilkenny nursery claimed their 53rd Leinster senior title at wind swept Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, this afternoon when out-classing determined St Peter’s College (Wexford) by 1-14 to 1-6.
The winners shot a hefty 16 wides but yet they were comfortable enough winners as they advanced to the All-Ireland series. St Peter’s opened backed by the wind blowing towards the town end, and twice in the early stages they were in front.
After Billy Dunne pointed the losers in front from the third time in the 15th minute the Cats hit back for a brace from the lively Billy Ryan and free taker, Ray Lahart to get in front.
There they stayed until, at which stage they led by 0-5 to 0-4. While St Kieran’s working of the ball around the field was good, their finishing was poor and they retired with 11 wides chalked up against them.
Joe Connolly, who had taken over the free taking duties for St Kieran’s, added to their advantage within a minute of the restart, but St Peter’s hit back smartly. After a long free from Dunne landed near the square, Jack Pettitt prodded it home to edge them 1-4 to 0-6 in front.
St Kieran’s simply drove on. Within 90 seconds they were back in front, courtesy of points from Connolly and Tadgh O’Dwyer (0-8 to 1-4). When match star, Richie Leahy scored a tremendous solo goal in the 35th minute the winners simply powered away to a fine win.
Team captain, Sean Morrissey, accepted the cup on behalf of St Kieran’s and remember injured players, Darren Mullen and Jason Barron, who were on the line cheering on their colleagues, during his victory address.
SCORERS: St Kieran’s College - J. Connolly, B. Ryan (0-3 each); R. Leahy (1-0); S. Morrissey, L. Blanchfield, R. Lahart (0-2 each); J. Byrne, T. O’Dwyer (0-1 each). St Peter’s College - J. Pettitt (1-1); M. Joyce, B. Dunne (0-2 each); R. O’Connor (0-1).