Kieran’s send out message of intent

St Kieran’s College.......3-15

St Kieran’s College.......3-15

Kilkenny CBS.................0-3

Sure what can you say? There was never any doubt that the immediate or long term future of hurling in St Kieran’s College was in danger of hitting a slump. Just to be sure, a firm reminder.

In a season when St Kieran’s claimed the All-Ireland senior title in an historic all Kilkenny decider it was interesting to note that this comprehensive Leinster post primary schools juvenile ‘A’ final (Dr Barry Cup) in St John’s Park earned them their first provincial title. This was their 34th success at this level.

Kilkenny CBS, who fielded a young team, were in a bit of trouble from the off when they couldn’t make the benefit of a sharp wind blowing towards the city end count. They conceded the opening scores to Conor O’Keeffe and Eoghan Moylan (free), and while Ben Maher (free) posted a reply for the CBS, they were finding it hard to knit sequences of play together against bigger players with stars in vital positions.

The nippy Eoin Wall slapped home a goal for St Kieran’s as they battled into an interval lead of 1-4 to 0-2. Nearing the end of the half CBS attacker, Conor Drennan lost his marker with a lovely side-step, but his parting shot whistled wide of the far post.

For the CBS, the labours were at the other end, trying to hold out against ever increasing pressure.

Kieran’s hinted that they had a lot more to deliver, but the CBS showed defiance at the back, a quality highlighted by the great hearted Johnny Collins, who just wouldn’t give up anything the more the half wore on. He had able cohorts in Conor Heary and Justin Cahill.

Within five minutes of the restart the game was over, the scoreline suddenly reading 2-6 to 0-2.

St Kieran’s had a powerful pair at midfield in Killian Egan and Ross Whelan, who dictated most of the play. Then right in front of the CBS goal they had a giant performer in Eoghan Moylan. The combined talents of this trio crucified the opposition.

Moylan started the second half scoring sprint with a point within 80 seconds. Then a shot from the right wing by Diarmuid Phelan somehow ended up in the net, although the ball was scrambled away. By that time the alert umpire had pointed to the flag, but Ryan Scanlon made doubly sure by smashing the loose ball to the net.

Throw in another point from the strongly built Moylan, and suddenly the divide was 10 points. The CBS had no hope of saving the day.

Moylan galloped away to a fine take of 1-5, which reflected his huge influence on affairs. Ross Whelan landed three late scores for Kieran’s, again an indication of his power and influence on the game.

They had a string of additional mighty performers, including Adrian Mullen, Luke Murphy, Tommy Ronan and James Phelan.

Remember the names! You are likely to be reading about them again.

Scorers: St Kieran’s College - Eoghan Moylan (1-5); Eoin Wall (1-2); Diarmuid Phelan (1-1); Ross Whelan, Conor O’Keeffe (0-3 each); R. Scanlon (0-1). Kilkenny CBS - Ben Maher (0-2, one free); Conor Drennan (0-2, one free). Kilkenny CBS - Conor Drennan (0-2, one free); Ben Maher (0-1).

St Kieran’s College - Ciaran Brennan (St Martin’s); Tommy Ronan (Graigue-Ballycallan), Luke Murphy (James Stephens), Mark Nolan (Dicksboro); James Phelan (Lisdowney), Adrian Mullen, capt (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Jesse Roberts (Graigue-Ballycallan); Eoin O’Shea (O’Loughlin Gaels), Killian Egan (Graigue-Ballycallan); Eoghan Moylan (Dicksboro), Diarmuid Phelan (Danesfort), Ryan Scanlon (James Stephens); Eoin Wall (O’Loughlin Gaels), Ross Whelan (James Stephens), Conor O’Keeffe (Danesfort). Subs - Eoin Kenneally (B Shamrocks), Cian Dawson (St Lachtain’s), Evan Shefflin (B Shamrocks), Ciaran Hogan (Graigue-Ballycallan), Rory Lodge (Dunnamaggin).

Kilkenny CBS - Sean Boyd (Dicksboro); Oisin Murphy (O’Loughlin Gaels), Liam Stynes (Dicksboro), Johnny Collins (O’Loughlin Gaels); Mikey Butler (O’Loughlin Gaels), Conor Heary (O’Loughlin Gaels), Justin Cahill (Dicksboro); Joe Sheehan, capt (Dicksboro), Sam O’Dwyer (Bennettsbriedge); Cillian Thomas (Dicksboro), Robert Dunne (Young Irelands), Ben Maher (O’Loughlin Gaels); Conor Drennan (Galmoy), Kieran Galvin (Dicksboro), Jason Devereux (Ballyhale Shamrocks). Subs - Eoin Neary (O’Loughlin Gaels), Michael Byrne (James Stephens), Mark Power, Shane Staunton (Clara), Padraig Nolan (O’Loughlin Gaels).

Referee - Eamon Mansfield (Cloneen).