PAUL KINGSTON, younger brother of Laois ace Donie, was the key man as 2006 Hogan Cup winners Knockbeg staged a second-half comeback to oust plucky Malahide CS at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.
Full-forward Kingston notched 1-4 as Knockbeg came from six points down at half-time to win by four.
Knockbeg were the dominant side throughout but were guilty of some dreadful finishing -- they shot 15 wides compared to one for the Dublin side.
The constant pressure told on Malahide in the second half and two goals from Dan Aylesbury -- the second set up superbly by Kingston -- put Knockbeg in control.
Kingston scored Knockbeg's third goal in the 56th minute to confirm his team's superiority.
Scorers -- Knockbeg College: P Kingston 1-4 (0-4f); D Aylesbury 2-0, M O'Halloran, P McEvoy, M Campion 0-1 each. Malahide CS: P Gibney 2-0, M Hazely 0-4f, C Meaney 0-2.
Knockbeg College -- P Hurley; B Nolan, C Lennnon, E O'Hora; P Manning, E Mahon, D Dunne; M O'Halloran, P McEvoy; M Wall, D Aylesbury, T Daly; M Campion, P Kingston, B Regan. Subs: P Doyle for Manning (h-t), D Booth for Regan (52), L Aylesbury for Campion (57), J Dwyer for D Aylesbury (59), D Kehoe for Wall (60).
Malahide CS -- S O'Brien; B Shalloe, E Boyne, C Ryan; S Woods, M Barry, K Lynott; C Meaney, C McCarthy; K O'Flynn, P Gibney, G McGrath; M Hazely, F Cahill, D Zaleke. Subs: C Mullarkey for O'Flynn (49), C Dillon for McCarthy (59).
Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare).