Two-goal Mullen leads Kieran's cruise
St Kieran's College 3-19 St Brigid's Loughrea 1-9
Adrian Mullen led the way with 2-9 as St Kieran's College crushed St Brigid's in Tullamore to reach yet another final.
Level at 0-2 each after eight minutes, Kieran's took over and powered to a 1-13 to 0-3 half-time lead, with Mullen's goal in the 18th minute really driving a wedge between the sides.
Skipper Mullen fired 1-7 of the Kilkenny school's first-half total.
St Brigid's looked bright in the early stages but once St Kieran's got a run on them, the Connacht champions just couldn't get back into it.
In fact, Brigid's goalkeeper Brendan Lynch made three top class saves in that opening half to prevent the margin being bigger at the break.
To their credit, Brigid's didn't throw in the towel and came out fighting in the second half.
Their first free of the game on 40 minutes saw Conor Molloy slap over the point, and a goal 14 minutes from time from centre-forward Dylan Towolawi cut the gap to 1-17 to 1-7.
Kieran's were still keeping the scoreboard ticking over, with Eoghan Moylan impressing with some stylish points, before they killed the game in style with two goals in as many minutes from Ciaran Brennan and Mullen.
Scorers - St Kieran's: A Mullen 2-9 (0-5fs), C Brennan 1-2, E Moylan 0-4, D Barron 0-3, T Drea 0-1. St Brigid's: D Towolawi 1-2, C Molloy 0-4 (2fs), R Glennon, D Mannion, D McGlynn 0-1 each.
ST KIERAN'S - D Mason; T Ronan, M Carey, L Murphy; B Lawlor, M Keoghan, K Egan; E O'Shea, D Phelan; A Mullen, T Drea, E Moylan; D Barron, C Brennan, E Shefflin. Subs: S Ryan for E Shefflin (h-t), B Staunton for D Phelan (43), P Mullen for T Drea (53), J Roberts for C Brennan (58m), R Whelan for B Lawlor (60).
ST Brigid's - B Lynch; C Delaney, C Mahony, C Curley; B Burke, S Molloy, V Kenny; R Glennon, B Moran; D Mannion, D Towolawi, S Fallon; J Nevin, C Molloy, D McGlynn. Subs: D Shaughnessy for S Fallon (h-t), K Holloway for J Nevin (35), N Horan for C Curley (52), P Martin for B Burke (56), M Coen for D McGlynn (60).
Ref - C McAllister (Cork)
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