ST KEVIN’S ON FIRE
Dunlavin side beat Coláiste Chill Mhantáin in qualifier
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.