Donnelly inspires Kieran's
St Kieran's College 3-25 Good Counsel 1-5
Defending double champions St Kieran's didn't take long to send out the message that they are a force to be reckoned with again this year, when they dished out a big beating to visitors Good Counsel (New Ross) in the opening round yesterday.
Twice during the early stages the teams swapped points, but once David Burke clipped home a goal for Kieran's from the right edge of the square in the ninth minute, there was only going to be one winner.
And from there to the break, free-taker Michael Donnelly -- who finished with a haul of 0-13 -- arrowed over points at will and at the interval the eventual winners led comfortably, 1-10 to 0-3.
And Kieran's kept up their fine form at the start of the second half with two great points from the on-fire Burke.
Good Counsel were hit for a second goal when Ciaran Prendergast finished to the net in the 38th minute to make the scores 2-16 to 0-3.
They pulled one goal back almost immediately through Mark Aylward, but the game was already decided.
Scorers -- St Kieran's College: M Donnelly 0-13 (8f), D Burke 1-5, C Prendergast 2-1, C Bolter, P Walsh 0-2 each, E Morrissey, P Mullen 0-1 each. Good Counsel: M Aylward 1-2 (2f), M Mansfield 0-3.
St Kieran's College -- N Kehoe; R O'Hanrahan, C Wafer, W Allen; S Parsons, E Byrne, A Cleere; E Morrissey, P Kenneally; C Bolger, M Donnelly, V Teehan; C Treacy, P Mullen, D Burke. Subs: C Prendergast for C Treacy, P Walsh for Teehan, J Deasy for Mullen, D Hennessy for Parsons, E Gough for Wafer.
Good Counsel -- J Walsh; B Furlong, R Malone, L Heffernan; J Tubrid, K Ryan, J Murphy; R Tubrid, S Doherty; D Lester, M Mansfield, P Mulhearn; J Doyle, G Bennett, M Aylward. Subs: A Morgan for Doyle, M Cody for Mulhearn, S Murphy for Tubrid, B Doherty for Hennernan, C Bolger for Doherty.
Ref -- J Malone (Kilkenny).