Dwyer bags impressive haul to see off Peter's
Castlecomer CS 4-17 St Peter's 1-11
FULL-FORWARD Charlie Dwyer inspired Castlecomer CS to a comprehensive victory over St Peter's at Power Park, Wexford.
Dwyer finished with a personal tally of 2-6, having scored his opening goal after just three minutes. Ben O'Brien had earlier put St Peter's in front with an opportunist goal from close range.
The sides were deadlocked at 1-4 each at the end of the opening quarter, with only the superb long-range points from midfielder Andrew Kenny keeping Peter's in contention.
Three minutes before the break, Adrian Farrell blasted home his side's second goal, leaving them with a slender interval lead of 2-6 to 1-8.
Dwyer and Con O Donaghain exchanged early pointed frees on the resumption, but it was the eventual winners who struck for three unanswered points through Andrew Connon, Dwyer and Gary Dunne.
Connon then lashed home a superb third goal for his side after 40 minutes to leave them 3-10 to 1-9 ahead.
As the second half unfolded the dominance of the Kilkenny side became more evident and they shifted into a higher gear.
They continued to pick off scores as the Peter's challenge began to wane, with centre-back Eoin Brennan powering over three superb long-range efforts, before Dwyer crashed home the fourth goal nine minutes from the end to seal an impressive opening-round victory.
Scorers -- Castlecomer CS: C Dwyer 2-6 (2f, 1 '65'), A Connon 2-3, E Brennan 0-3 (2f), C Brennan 0-2, L Maher, C Bolger, A Farrell, 0-1 each. St Peter's College: A Kenny 0-7 (2f), B O'Brien 1-0, S Murphy (f), C Devereux, C O'Donaghain (f), J O'Connor 0-1 each.
St Peter's College -- L White; S Donohoe, S Doyle, K Halligan; A Butler, S Murphy, P Foley; M Campbell, A Kenny; C Devereux, C O Donaghain, A Ryan; B O'Brien, D Shanley, P Wafer. Subs: J O'Connor for Ryan, C Heffernan for Wafer.
Castlecomer CS -- D Breen; P Breen, R Moran, P Coss; S McDermott, E Brennan, C Wallace; L Maher, D Shortle; C Brennan, G Dunne, A Farrell; C Bolger, C Dwyer, A Connon. Subs: P Holden for Bolger, D Shore for Farrell, P Delaney for Coss, E Coogan for C Brennan.
Ref -- R McDonald (Adamstown).