Comerford twins star as Saints edge past plucky Plunkett's
ST OLIVER PLUNKETT'S/ER 0-3
THE brilliance of Ciarán Comerford was the difference as Kevin's captured the Hurling Féile Division 4 title at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.
Comerford, wearing number seven on his back but operating at midfield, stamped his class all over this contest with the complete performance.
He helped himself to a personal tally of 0-6, but his all-round contribution went much further than that for the Dolphin Park lads.
He put in a tireless display, tackling at every opportunity, and covered every inch of the Parnell sod. But this wasn't a one-man show. Comerford's twin brother, Daniel, was outstanding at full-back, proving an immovable object on the edge of the square.
Joseph Mowlds was always willing to put his body on the line while Cian Mooney and Josh Brennan were others to catch the eye.
It was tough on Plunkett's, who played their part in an entertaining contest. There is no doubting the boys from the Navan Road will be back.
After Ciarán Comerford and Mooney both split the posts inside the opening three minutes, their lead was reduced by arguably score of the day from Plunkett's Cillian Hayes – a famous surname in the Navan Road club.
Hayes, his side's best performer on the day, gathered the ball under intense pressure and with seemingly nowhere to go, managed to raise a white flag from a tough angle.
But it was the men in blue who continued to dominate and a brace from Ciarán Comerford increased their advantage.
Hayes, however, had the final say of the first period when he converted a free to leave his side trailing by two at the interval, 0-4 to 0-2.
Comerford and Hayes reignited their personal duel after the break when they exchanged points within minutes of the restart. Unfortunately from the Plunkett's perspective, it was to be their last time to trouble the umpires.
Kevin's defence got on top and the platform was built for Ciarán Comerford to grab another double in the closing stages, the second a massive effort, and a fitting final act from him.
Captain Nathan O'Donovan led his team up the steps to receive the silverware, and cap a fantastic weekend for the south inner city men.
SCORERS - Kevin's: C Comerford 0-6 (2f), C Mooney 0-1. St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh: C Hayes 0-3 (2f).
KEVIN'S: D Moore; J Naughton, D Comerford, C Halton; N O'Donovan, J Mowlds, O O'Mahony; C Comerford, J Brennan; C Mooney, O Darcy, J Dunphy; C Hoban, T Carrberry, C O'Donovan. Subs: L Moran for Darcy (14), G Hales for C O'Donovan (ht), R Carrie for Hales (38).
ST OLIVER PLUNKETT'S/ER: L Keenan; D Sheridan, A Ralph, O Carroll; C Liston, C Gibbons, D Garvey; C Scully, D Phelan; C Hayes, S Clerkin, S McGreevey; I Sherry, L Stone, T Cullen. Subs: S Cassidy for McGreevey (25), A Keating for Cullen (32).
REF: C Moloney (Ballyboden St Enda's).
MAN OF THE MATCH: C Comerford (Kevin's).
WIDES – Kevin's: 5 (3+2). St Oliver Plunkett's/ER: 4 (2+2).
MENTORS – Kevin's: B Flannery, R Comerford. St Ol Pl/ER: M Stone, A Phelan, M Riordan, R Ralph, T Sheridan. CONDITIONS: Glorious sunshine in Parnell Park.