Kilkenny's hurling nous wins through
Kilkenny CBS 2-16 Mountrath 0-14
A Kilkenny CBS scoring burst late in the first half gave a springboard for victory as CBS qualified for a Leinster Senior Schools 'A' hurling final.
A resolute Mountrath CS were in contention, trailing 0-5 to 0-3 when, in the 22nd minute a centre from CBS's Niall Brassil was touched into the net by Jay Leahy.
Kilkenny free-taker Seán Bolger tacked on a point before a fine move ended with midfielder Conor Doheny crashing a ground stroke to the net as CBS led by 2-8 to 0-5 at the interval.
Despite the outstanding play of Mountrath centre-forward Aaron Dunphy, the Laois school lacked some overall hurling nous.
The Kilkenny defence repulsed all efforts to break them down while, at the other end, they found scores much easier to come by .
Scorers - Kilkenny CBS: S Bolger 0-8 (7f), J Leahy, C Doheny 1-0 each, N Brassil, C Kavanagh, B Sheehan 0-2 each, C Heary, J McEvoy 0-1 each. Mountrath CS - A Dunphy 0-11 (8f), S Dunphy, D Conroy, L Delaney 0-1 each.
Kilkenny CBS- L Dunphy; K Ryan, C Flynn, C Fitzpatrick; D Dunne, M Drennan, S Mahony; C Doheny, N Brassil; C Kavanagh, J Leahy, J McEvoy; B Sheehan, S Bolger, C Heary. Subs: P Collins for Ryan (43); R Buckley for McEvoy (43); B Gaffney for Heary (54); R O'Driscoll for Leahy (56); R Crotty for Fitzpatrick (59).
Mountrath CS - O Bennett; S Moore, D Connolly, B Quinlan; M Connolly, J Cranny, S Cuddy; S Dunphy, D J Kelly; J Phelan, A Dunphy, D Conroy; C Hiney, M Dowling, D Lalor. Subs: C Conroy for Hiney (h-t); T Cuddy for S Cuddy (h-t); L Delaney for Lalor (54).
Ref - D Hickey (Carlow)