Well done to the Senior Hurlers and team management who defeated Kilkenny CBS by 1-17 to 1-15 in an exciting Leinster Colleges Senior Hurling League Final in Nowlan Park on Wednesday November 11th. We now look forward to the championship proper in the New Year. In the meantime read below the match report by Transition Year student Michael and enjoy some photos and video clips recorded by Transition Year students Maurice Walsh and Stephen Carolan.
By Michael Ryan (Transition Year)
St Kieran’s College overcame old rivals Kilkenny CBS on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-15 at a gusty Nowlan Park on Wednesday to clinch another Leinster Colleges senior hurling league crown. This physical, high-octane encounter was played out front of a large crowd of supporters from both sides.
St Kieran’s who had made a host of changes from the semi final victory against Coláiste Eoin laid down a marker in the opening minute, orchestrating an attack that concluded with a point for Sean Morrisey. The CBS weren’t rattled by the determined St Kierans outfit however, netting a goal on three minutes when a wind assisted clearance was gathered by their midfielder Luke Scanlon who gracefully cut the St Kieran’s defence open, rounding two defenders and accurately firing the ball to the net. St Kieran’s trailed for the majority of the first half and kept in touch mainly through frees from substitute free taker Conor Murphy who was excellent throughout and finished the game with eleven points to his name.
St Kieran’s regained their lead with three minutes left in the first half with a splendid goal from half forward Billy Ryan. In an event of sheer bravery and commitment, Ryan controlled a pass from corner forward Conor Murphy while withstanding pressure from CBS netminder and with a deft touch flicked the ball to the net to give St Kieran’s a one point advantage. Conor Murphy added a point from play soon after to leave a half time score of 1-9 to 1-7 in favour of St Kieran’s.
St Kieran’s increased their advantage to four points by the 48th minute, when the highly influential Bennettsbridge clubman Liam Blanchfield pointed and it looked as if St Kieran’s were cruising to a comfortable victory. This wasn’t to be the case however, as CBS free taker Andrew Gaffney reduced the lead following a succession of pointed frees, ensuring a nerve racking final few minutes. Points from the ever reliable Sean Morrisey and supreme defending by the St Kieran’s defence ensured a derby victory for the men in the black and white much to the delight of the St Kieran’s supporters. Celebrations were restrained at the final whistle however, as both sides know that there are bigger and better things to come, namely the championship which commences in the New Year. Click on League Final Programme to view the programme page including both panels on the day.
St Kieran’s College: Conor Murphy (0-11, nine frees), Sean Morrissey (0-4), Billy Ryan (1-0), Kevin Blanchfield, Conor O’Carroll (0-1 each).
Kilkenny CBS: Andrew Gaffney (0-9, six frees, one 65), Luke Scanlon (1-0), Paul Delahanty (0-2), Niall Mullins, Robbie Murphy, Robbie Buckley, Matthew McWey (0-1 each).