ST KEVIN’S ON FIRE

Dunlavin side beat Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin in qual­i­fier

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - LE­IN­STER HURL­ING QUAL­I­FIER at Bal­li­nakill

THE fi­nal of the Wick­low qual­i­fier for the South Le­in­ster Ju­nior hurl­ing ‘ D’ cham­pi­onship pro­duced a high scor­ing game in Bal­li­nakill on Thursday.

The first half was some­what un­bal­anced with the Dunlavin school in com­mand. At half time they had led by 6-4 to 1-1 and looked set for a com­fort­able win.

Chill Mhan­tain im­proved con­sid­er­ably in the sec­ond half and the di­rect ball into full for­ward Tom O’Brien be­gan pay­ing div­i­dends. His con­tri­bu­tion of four goals in quick suc­ces­sion in the mid­dle of the half re­duced the mar­gin to four points and brought the game alive.

St Kevin’s, who had looked so im­pres­sive in the first half, now had to dig deep and re­gained the mo­men­tum to earn a fully de­served vic­tory.

The win­ners were the bet­ter bal­anced side with Tom Mo­ran in de­fence, Jack Grace and Alan Mi­ley in mid­field as well as Rory Martin, Brian Keogh and Tadhg Bar­rett in at­tack ex­celling. Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin’s hero was Tom O’Brien who hit the net on seven oc­ca­sions while oth­ers to catch the eye in­cluded T J Ke­hoe, Fionn Luddy, Char­lie Cruise, Christy Moor­house and Cian O’Neill.

Scor­ers: St Kevin’s CC: Alan Mi­ley and Tadhg Bar­rett 2-2 each, Jack Grace 1-4, Brian Keogh 2-0, Martin Byrne 1-0, Rory Martin 0-2, Tom Mo­ran 0-1.

Chill Mhan­tain: Tom O’Brien 7-1, Cian O’Neill and Christy Moore­house 0-2 each, Fionn Luddy 0-1.

St Kevin’s: Micheal Cleary, Jack Reid, Mark Murtagh, Ciaran Coyne, Ben Burke, Tom Mo­ran, Pa­trick Doyle, Jack Grace, Alan Mi­ley, Rory Martin, Brian Keogh, Brian Coyne, Tadhg Bar­rett, Martin Burne, Sam Goff.

Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin: Conor O’Ma­honey, Conor Doyle, Oisin O’Neill, Adam Sin­nott, John O’Brien, Char­lie Cruise, Cil­lian Ho­gan, T J Ke­hoe, Fionn Luddy, James Ffrench, Christy Moore­house, Jack Browne, Bill O’Brien, Tom O’Brien, Cian O’Neill.

Ref­eree: Ed­die Leonard.

The St Kevin’s team who de­feated Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin in the Lain­ster hurl­ing qual­i­fier.

The Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin side.

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