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Swords' strike seals Leinster title for Clane

Scoil Mhuire, Clane 2-8

Scoil Chaitríona 0-9

Scoil Mhuire, Clane's lethal full forward line of Conor Herbert, Kenneth Swords and Cian Kilkenny led them to a Leinster title in St Conleth's Park last Saturday afternoon.

The trio contributed all but a single point of Clane's final total as they proved too hot to handle for the Glasnevin Gaelscoil.

Some wayward shooting from Clane didn't help their cause in the early stages and there was nothing to choose between the teams for most of the opening half.

The score was 0-3 apiece heading towards half time but in injury time Conor Herbert struck a vital blow for his team when he found the net after Swords' pass.

Kilkenny scored the first point of the second half to stretch Clane's lead to four points but Chaitríona scored three points in a row through Micheál ó Duiginn (2) and Ciarán Mac Giolla Choinnigh.

Swords missed a great chance to put Clane back in the driving seat in the 46th minute when his penalty was saved by Cian ó hEara but the same player made amends two minutes later when his looping shot ended up in the net.

Clane landed three points in a row after that Swords strike and there was no fear of them ever surrendering their lead.

Both teams finished the game with 14 when Séamus ó Conchubhair and Kevin Connor picked up second yellow cards in separate incidents in the closing stages but Clane held on to record a deserved Leinster success.

Scorers -- Clane: C Herbert (0-1f) 1-4, K Swords 1-1, C Kilkenny (2f) 0-2, K Giblin 0-1. Scoil Chaitríona: C Mac Giolla Choinnigh (3fs) 0-3; P ó Ghriabhán (1f), M ó Duiginn (1f) 0-2 each; A Mac Giolla Eoin, N ó Flannara 0-1 each.

Scoil Mhuire, Clane: P McKenna; D Callan, S Byrne, H Giffney; E Kelly, P Clifford, K O'Connor; K Connor, S Christensen; D Flaherty, D Fitzpatrick, M Beneham; C Herbert, C Kilkenny, K Swords. Subs: K Giblin for Beneham (42), B Dowling for O'Connor (44).

Scoil Chaitriona: C ó Eara; A Mac Gearailt, A Mac Gearailt, L ó Gamhna; C ó hlcí, C Mac Giolla Choinnigh, E ó Maoiléidigh; C ó Caoinnealai, S ó Conchubhair; C ó hOibicín, A Mac Giolla Eoin, P ó Ghriabhán, F ó Rinn, N ó Flannara, M ó Duiginn. Subs: A ó Brian for ó Rinn (40).

Referee: G Whelan (Wicklow).