Leinster senior hurling league champions CBS Kilkenny were brought back to earth with a bump as they suffered something of a championship upset.
Despite a powerful second half charge the high-flying James’s Street side were undone by a strong wind and an even stronger Colaiste Eoin at a blustery Park Ratheniska today (Friday).
The Dubliners won the toss and duly opened with the elements at their back. It worked a treat as they rattled off the opening scores through the lively Darach Mac Giolla Bhríde (2) and Seamus Ó Fiachna (free), then set about ramping their advantage up. By the 21st minute they were nine points in front; the CBS had yet to register a score.
The gap was 10 points before the Kilkenny side found their range. Luke Hogan broke their barren spell with a fine solo score, to which Jake O’Dwyer added a free, but they knew they had a lot of work to do when half-time saw them trail by nine (0-11 to 0-2).
Colaiste Eoin charged back into action from the restart, Ó Fiachna (free) and Tom Ó hEachtigheirn making the CBS’s task even tougher (0-13 to 0-2) but the Kilkenny side kicked on. Led by Jake O’Dwyer they clawed away at the deficit – O’Dwyer had a fine spell where he scored five points in a row inside nine minutes – to leave seven between the sides with little over 10 minutes to play (0-15 to 0-8).
The CBS pressed on and reduced arrears to four with less than five minutes to play (0-15 to 0-11). Liam Moore, O’Dwyer (free) and Jamie Ryan picked off vital scores, but the goal they craved never came.
Colaiste Eoin dug deep. With Dónal Mac Duinnsléibhe and Brian Mac Síthigh driving their side on they held the CBS at bay, before Ó Fiachna and Ó hEachtigheirn grabbed the insurance points to seal a fine win.
See next week’s Kilkenny People for report and reaction.
SCORERS: Colaiste Eoin – Seamus Ó hEachtigheirn (0-7, frees); Darach Mac Giolla Bhríde, Tom Ó hEachtigheirn (0-3 each); Odhran Mac Gearailt (0-2); Iain Ó hEithir, Donal Mac Duinnsléibhe (0-1 each). CBS Kilkenny – Jake O’Dwyer (0-8, 0-6 frees, 0-1 65); Luke Hogan, Liam Moore, Jamie Ryan (0-1 each).