Peter’s won col­leges ‘A’ ti­tle af­ter re­play

Wexford People - - SPORT -

ST. PETER’S Col­lege raced to an em­phatic 5-10 to 4-5 vic­tory over Coláiste Chríost Rí in an en­ter­tain­ing All-Ire­land Col­leges Se­nior hurl­ing fi­nal re­play at Croke Park, hav­ing played a 4-3 to 3-6 draw seven days ear­lier.

The Cork col­lege was bid­ding to be­come the first side to win the Ho­gan and Croke Cups in the same sea­son, but it was a mag­nif­i­cent St. Peter’s dis­play that foiled that record bid.

The hurl­ing was at all times fluid but the most no­table fea­ture was the ter­rific pace at which it was played.

St. Peter’s were de­serv­ing win­ners, hav­ing taken some time to set­tle down, but once they found their feet they went on to serve up one of the most scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mances given by a col­leges team for many a day.

Pow­ered on by six of the vic­to­ri­ous team of the pre­vi­ous year, St. Peter’s showed vast im­prove­ment on their dis­play in the drawn game and a mag­nif­i­cent sec­ond-half dis­play proved too much for the Cork side.

St. Peter’s strength was down the mid­dle. Full-back Jim Quigley and cen­tre-back Larry Byrne gave mag­nif­i­cent dis­plays, while at mid­field they held the edge through the swift hurl­ing of Mar­tin Casey and Philip Kennedy.

Mar­tin Quigley, a stylish and forcecul player, led the at­tack with dash and in­tel­li­gence and took his scores su­perbly.

The Cork boys led by 4-0 to 1-1 af­ter 15 min­utes, with two of their goals com­ing from over 60 yards, but grad­u­ally Casey and Kennedy be­gan to get a grip in mid­field, sup­ported by the su­perb Byrne from cen­tre-back.

By half-time St. Peter’s led by 3-5 to 4-1, with Mar­tin Quigley, De­clan O’Brien and Mar­tin Byrne pro­vid­ing the goals.

Lit­tle showed be­tween the teams through the early stages of the sec­ond-half, but goals from Dec O’Brien and Mar­tin Casey in the 51st and 54th min­utes paved the way for a dra­matic vic­tory.

St. Peter’s Col­lege: De­nis Kin­sella (Ferns St. Ai­dan’s); Paddy Breen (Horeswood), Jim Quigley (Rath­nure), Mick Mur­phy (Ban­now-Bal­lymitty); Larry Har­ney (Buf­fers Al­ley), Larry Byrne (Kil­more-Rathangan), Ai­dan Ker­ri­gan (St. Patrick’s); Philip Kennedy (St. James’), Mar­tin Casey (Buf­fers Al­ley, 1-2); Mar­tin Byrne (Askamore, 1-1), Mar­tin Quigley (Rath­nure, 1-4), Watty French (Ban­now-Bal­lymitty, 0-2); Joe Ka­vanagh (HWH-Bun­clody, 0-1), Sea­mus Kane (David­stown-Court­nacuddy), De­clan O’Brien (St. Mary’s, Ross­lare, 2-0).

Scor­ers in the drawn game were: Mar­tin Casey 1-2, Joe Ka­vanagh, Mar­tin Byrne and De­clan O’Brien 1-0 each, Mar­tin Quigley 0-1.

The All-Ire­land win­ning St. Peter’s Col­lege Se­nior hurl­ing squad of 1968.

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