St Kieran’s College were too slick for Good Counsel when it came to the scoring stakes as they lifted the Leinster Schools junior hurling title.
The Saints hit the ground running in the first half, opening up a lead they would never relinquish in Thomastown. An early Darragh Maher goal, coupled with four Eoin Guilfoyle points (three frees) helped the Kilkenny school take a seven-point lead in at the break (1-7 to 0-3).
Kieran’s pulled even further ahead in the second half, stretching their lead to 11 points (2-8 to 0-3) when Stephen Barron pounced for a goal. Good Counsel were in trouble by then, but didn’t give up. A Cian Byrne goal gave them hope, but that took a knock when the impressive Conor Kelly landed a 48th minute goal.
The New Ross side didn’t give up; A.J. Redmond and Jack Kehoe fought hard to raise the green flag in the final 10 minutes, but two late Kelly points eased Kieran’s towards the title.
SCORERS: St Kieran’s College - Conor Kelly (1-4); Darragh Maher (1-2); Eoin Guilfoyle (0-5, 0-4 frees); Stephen Barron (1-0); Peter McDonald (0-1). Good Counsel - A.J. Redmond (1-3, frees); Cian Byrne, Jack Kehoe (1-0); Jason Byrne (0-1).