Thursday 22 March 2018

O'Hanrahan's four for Kieran's

St Kieran's, Kilkenny 5-7 Dublin North 1-5

All-Ireland champions St Kieran's took a while to shut out a determined Dublin Colleges side, but once they opened the second half with an opportunist goal, there was never any danger of them relinquishing their provincial crown at rain-swept Park Ratheniska on Saturday.

Two goals in each half by full-forward Thomas O'Hanrahan ensured that the champions reached yet another semi-final.

Dublin kept in touch in the opening half thanks to Ciaran Kilkenny's brilliant finish five minutes before the break which left St Kieran's 2-3 to 1-4 to the good.

Playing with wind assistance on the changeover, the winners eventually found top gear as O'Hanrahan added his second brace to seal a semi-final spot.

Scorers -- St Kieran's: T O'Hanrahan 4-0, J McGrath 1-0, D Cody 0-2, C Wafer, A Cleere, E Morrissey, C Bolger, M Donnelly 0-1 each. Dublin Colleges: C Kilkenny 1-1, P Winters 0-3, C Boland 0-1.

St Kieran's -- N Kehoe; R O'Hanrahan, R Lennon, W Allen; E Gough, E Byrne, A Cleere, C Wafer , P Kennelly; C Bolger ,M Donnelly , D Cody;

J McGrath, T O'Hanrahan, C Prendergast. Subs: E Morrissey for C Bolger, St Farrell for D Cody, David Burke for C Prendergast, V Teehan for J McGrath.

Dublin Colleges -- D Greene; E Howard, M O'Dea, K O'Flynn; M Kavanagh, S McClelland, G Burke; C McHugh, A Jeffon; C Boland, C Kilkenny, P Winters; E Costelloe, L Rogers, A Rooney. Sub: G Williams for C McHugh.

Ref -- B O'Reilly (Portlaoise).

Irish Independent

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