Cody repeats feat to inspire Kieran's
All-Ireland PPS SH 'A' semi-final: St Kieran's College 0-17 CBC Cork 0-15
Three days on from tasting Tommy Moore glory, Ballyhale attacker Eoin Cody led St Kieran's to their sixth All-Ireland final in a row. The centre-forward was responsible for eight points in a narrow victory over CBC at the WIT Arena.
The 22-time champions never trailed from the eighth minute on but CBC pushed them all the way. The Cork school twice closed within a point during the second half while playing against the wind.
The Harty Cup runners-up had a goal disallowed before the break and created two chances for green flags on the resumption.
A Patrick McBarron shot was only a whisker wide and an injury-time free from goalkeeper Cian Long was deflected over the crossbar. Kieran's closed it out to set up a final rematch with Presentation Athenry on March 30.
Four Cody points and three from Aaron Brennan left St Kieran's 0-9 to 0-8 ahead at half-time. CBC captain Shane Barrett converted five frees. They trailed 0-8 to 0-5 after 25 minutes but Declan Hanlon's effort, after a fine catch by Niall Hartnett, and two Barrett dead balls levelled matters.
They also had a goal ruled out when Donnacha O'Callaghan judged that Jack O'Kelly was in the square from a Cillian O'Donovan free.
The Kilkenny students kicked on with four points in just nine second-half minutes. Cody scored twice while Cian Kenny and Martin O'Connell were also on target.
CBC came back with four of their own, however, to bring it down to the minimum again. Cody then beat three defenders to get a much-needed score for the holders. Pádraig Power narrowed the gap to one with five minutes left.
Scorers- St Kieran's: E Cody 0-8 (5fs), A Brennan 0-3, D Blanchfield, M O'Connell 0-2 each, C Kenny, C Hoban 0-1 each. CBC Cork: S Barrett 0-7 (7fs), K Finn, P Power 0-2 each, C O'Donovan, D Hanlon, C Long (f), J O'Kelly 0-1 each.
St Kieran's - D Mason; D O'Keeffe, P O'Neill, J Young; D Corcoran, C Murphy, K Egan; M O'Connell, D Blanchfield; A Brennan, E Cody, E Moylan; C Kelly, C Hoban, C Kenny. Subs: D Maher for Moylan (48), C Brennan for O'Connell (55), D Fwamba for Kelly (57).
CBC Cork - C Long; C Daly, P Hennessy, D Barry; I Daly, C O'Donovan, J Scally; D Hanlon, K Finn; O McCarthy, N Hartnett, S Barrett; R Cotter, J O'Kelly, P McBarron. Subs: J Cahalane for Cotter (h-t), P Power for McBarron (38).
Ref - D O'Callaghan (Limerick)