Kieran's late surge sinks plucky Dubs
St Kieran's 0-15 ColAiste Eoin 1-8
IT was only in the final minutes of this exciting semi-final at Dr Cullen Park that defending All-Ireland champions St Kieran's hit four unanswered points to finally see off Colaiste Eoin.
The all-Irish college from Stillorgan were dominant for the opening 20 minutes. They were in front within a minute through Jack O Faolain and were further boosted by the game's only goal on five minutes when Colm O Croinin found the corner of the net.
However, the Dublin side failed to build up the lead their domination warranted. Slowly the champions gained a foothold, with midfielder Peter Kenneally to the fore and centre-forward Michael Donnelly scoring three frees in the opening 22 minutes.
Chris Bolger had Kieran's first score from play on 23 minutes as they led
0-7 to 1-2 at the break. Three Colaiste Eoin points on the restart -- two from Oisin O Ruairc and one from the impressive O Faolain -- put the challengers back in front.
It was score-for-score until the final minutes when Kieran's pulled away with points from influential full forward Thomas Hanrahan, sub Jamie Maher and two frees from Donnelly.
Scorers -- St Kieran's: M Donnelly 0-8 (6f), T O'Hanrahan
0-3, C Bolger, J McGrath, C Prendergast, J Maher 0-1 each. Coláiste Eoin: C O Conbhui 0-3, C O Croinin 1-0, O O Ruairc (2f), J O Faolain 0-2 each, C O Ceallachain 0-1.
St Kieran's -- N Kehoe; R O'Hanrahan, R Lennon, W Allen; E Geough, E Byrne, A Cleere; P Kenneally, C Wafer; C Bolger, M Donnelly, D Cody; J McGrath, T O'Hanrahan, C Prendergast. Subs: E Morrissey for Byrne (inj, 24); D Burke for McGrath (48); J Maher for Kenneally (55).
ColAiste Eoin -- C MacGabhann; C O Seanein, R O Murchu, C O Fearghail; J Clintuin, E O Dochartaigh, F O Riaian Broin; C O Ceallachain, J O Faolain; C O Croinin, C O Conbhui, C
O Neill; O O Ruairc, D O Cathain, F Motherway. Sub: M MacDonnacha for O Faolain (59).
Ref -- P O'Dwyer (Carlow)