Thursday 16 August 2018

Currie fires Dublin North to famous Leinster win

Dublin North 1-14 St Kieran's College 1-11

Captain Lee Gannon holds the cup as Dublin North players celebrate after beating St Kieran’s College in the final of the Top Oil Corn Ui Dhuill Leinster Post-Primary Schools SHC at Netwatch Cullen Park. Photo: Sportsfile
Captain Lee Gannon holds the cup as Dublin North players celebrate after beating St Kieran’s College in the final of the Top Oil Corn Ui Dhuill Leinster Post-Primary Schools SHC at Netwatch Cullen Park. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin North came with a powerful late surge to beat fabled Kilkenny hurling nursery St Kieran's College at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.

Dublin North brought the title back to the capital after firing over five points without reply between the 49th and 60th minutes.

Dublin North's Conor Berigan with St Kieran's Conor Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin North's Conor Berigan with St Kieran's Conor Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Free-taker Micheál Murphy chipped in with three of his seven frees during this dominant spell, with the lively Billy Ryan and man-of-the-match Sean Currie also contributing from play.

St Kieran's College looked to have finally found their rhythm when star forward Adrian Mullen edged them ahead with a goal in the 38th minute. But they couldn't build on that and failed in their four-in-a-row bid.

Aside from Mullen's 1-2, St Kieran's were over-reliant on free-taker Eoin Cody for scores, even if his haul of 0-8 ensured they stayed in touch throughout.

With players from several schools north of the Liffey, Dublin North capitalised on their only goal chance in the opening half when Currie latched on to a long delivery and fired to the Kieran's net after 20 minutes.

Sean Currie of Dublin North celebrates after scoring. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Currie of Dublin North celebrates after scoring. Photo: Sportsfile

Decisive

Before that decisive strike, the only highlights of a tentative opening quarter from the combination team were a couple of superb points from corner-forward Cian Derwin.

Despite the influence of Lee Gannon and Kevin Burke on the half-back line for Dublin North, St Kieran's led 0-4 to 0-2 thanks to a point from Mullen and three dead-ball strikes from Cody.

Mullen, who was seeking his fourth medal at this grade, chipped in with a second point after they conceded the goal, but two wonderful points by star forward Currie and another free by Murphy gave Dublin North five points of breathing space approaching the interval.

Cody (free) and captain Daithi Barron then reduced the deficit to three points (1-7 to 0-7) in first half injury-time.

Early in the second half, Cody floated over two more frees to further reduce deficit and when Mullen then fired home, it appeared as if the Kilkenny school would surge clear to claim a 56th title.

But Dublin North didn't panic and they finished strongly to claim a deserved and famous victory.

SCORERS - Dublin North: M Murphy (7f) 0-7; S Currie 1-3; C Derwin 0-2; B Ryan, C Berigan 0-1 each. St Kieran's: E Cody (7f, 1 '65) 0-8; A Mullen 1-2; D Barron 0-1.

DUBLIN NORTH: J Rooney; J Fagan, A Dunphy, T Kinnane; D Phelan, K Burke, L Gannon; M Murphy, S Foran; S Clerkin, B Ryan, C Scully; C Berigan, S Currie, C Derwin. Subs: E O'Donnell for Scully (h-t), L Dunne for S Clerkin (h-t), Clerkin for Dunne (47), S Farrelly for Foran (54).

ST KIERAN'S COLLEGE: D Mason; T Ronan, C Murphy, M Nolan; D Phelan, J Roberts, L Murphy; K Egan, E O'Shea; I Walsh, J Young, A Mullen; D Barron, D O'Carroll, E Cody. Subs: C Brennan for Young (34), E Moylan for O'Shea (41), G Murphy for O'Carroll (41), D Blanchfield for Egan (54), J Nolan for Murphy (58).

REF - D Hughes (Carlow).

Irish Independent

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