Red-hot Boyle burns Brigid's
Causeway CS 2-21
St Brigid's, Loughrea 1-12
Padraig Boyle's brilliance and Ricky Heffernan's metronomic free-taking enabled Causeway to retain their crown with a crushing victory in Kilmallock.
Eight of Heffernan's points came from placed balls -- six for fouls on the effervescent Boyle, who helped himself to 1-3 in a man-of-the-match display and saw his marker Darragh Burke sent off late on.
It was 0-3 apiece after 12 minutes, but once Heffernan's knockdown set up Thomas Casey's goal, Causeway never looked back, with Eric O'Connor dominating midfield and wing-backs Colman Savage and Mikey O'Halloran picking up all the breaking ball.
It was 2-9 to 0-10 at the break and the Kerry lads forged further ahead before Brian Molloy pulled back a goal.
Scorers -- Causeway CS: R Heffernan 0-9 (0-8f), P Boyle 1-3 (0-1f), T Casey 1-1, D Collins 0-4, P McGrath 0-2, T Barrett, E O'Connor 0-1 each. St Bridget's: B Molloy 1-2, P Kennedy 0-4 ( 0-3 frees, 0-1 '65), D Dolan 0-2, C Kennedy, S Sweeney, T Mitchell, and A Joynt 0-1 each
Causeway CS -- J Wallace, D Lynch, D Fitzell, D Goulding, C Savage, T Barrett, M O'Halloran, E O'Connor, M Delaney, D Collins, T Casey, D Leahy, P McGrath, P Boyle, R Heffernan
Sub: K Carmody for D Leahy (59)
St Bridget's -- G Kelly, T Spellman, D Burke, D Headd, C Kennedy, P Kennedy, S Cahalane, S Sweeney, B Dolan, D Shaughnessy, T Mitchell, S Farrell, D Dolan, A Joynt, B Molloy. Subs: S Flynn for S Farrell (h/t), N Haverty for B Dolan (50), C Larkin for S Cahalane (54)