Monday 23 October 2017

Leinster PP Schools SH: Dunne points way for Peter's

St Peter's 1-16 Castlecomer 0-6

St Peter's College, St Kieran's, Borris VS and Good Counsel all advance to the provincial semi-finals
St Peter's College, St Kieran's, Borris VS and Good Counsel all advance to the provincial semi-finals Newsdesk Newsdesk

St Peter's College turned in yet another impressive performance to crush Castlecomer CC at the Netwatch Carlow Centre of Excellence.

The Wexford school went three points down early on against the wind - James Bergin and Conor Delaney getting the points for Castlecomer - but soon began to dominate, with ace free-taker Billy Dunne (son of Model boss Liam) helped them to a 0-6 to 0-3 half-time lead.

St Peter's made their superiority count on the restart, with Joe O'Connor, Dunne and Matthew Joyce taking them clear.

The game's only goal arrived in the 57th minute when Dunne's long-range free found the net. Jack Pettitt closed out the scoring of a one-sided encounter with a fine point.

Kieran's deny old rivals

St Kieran's 1-14Kilkenny CBS 2-3

It took All-Ireland champions St Kieran's a while to find the right gear, but when they did they motored through to the provincial semi-final.

A free by Jason Cleere hauled Kilkenny CBS back to level terms of 1-3 to 0-6 at the break after the winners had played with the wind.

However, 10 minutes after half-time Kieran's were out of sight. Unanswered points flowed from Joe Connolly, Liam Blanchfield, Michael Cody and Jason Cleere before Richard Leahy shot a great goal in the 39th minute to open out a 1-10 to 1-3 lead.

"We just weren't with things in the first half," said Kieran's selector Liam Smith. "The CBS are a good team, but when we got our game going we were able to keep them at a distance."

CBS pulled back a goal in the 44th minute through Robbie Murphy but St Kieran's hit back and three Ray Lahart points sealed their victory.

McDonald chips in for Borris

Borris VS 0-12 Colaiste Eoin 0-9

Borris VS won their first ever match at this level, winning their place in the last four at Abbeyleix on Saturday.

Three points by Michéal Ó Cróinin and two from Feargal de Fuitleigh nudged Colaiste Eoin into a 0-5 to 0-2 18th-minute lead.

Borris replied through Kevin McDonald, and his four points from placed balls tied the scores at 0-5 each at the interval.

The Carlow men grew more into the game in the third quarter to surge 0-10 to 0-6 ahead.

Chris Nolan landed two great points for the winners, enabling them to stay out in front against their Dublin opponents.

Colaiste Eoin failed to create any serious opportunities for scores that might have dragged the tie into extra-time.

Whitty drives Counsel

Good Counsel 2-12Dublin South 0-12

Bob Whitty bagged 2-1 from play in the first half as Good Counsel saw off the spirited challenge of Dublin South at Pairc Ui Bhrian to reach the semi-final.

Dublin South were aided by the strong wind in that opening half and shot six fine points early on without recording a wide. But goals from Whitty in the 13th and 25th minutes reeled in the Dubs as the teams went in level at half-time (2-4 to 0-10).

Despite a total of 14 wides, Counsel were the superior force, with full-back Donnacha O'Connor and Darragh Joyce a very strong defensive spine.

Dublin South grafted hard with Ciarán Brady, Colm Hayes and Alex Considine prominent but the greater hurling craft of the New Ross side proved too much. Substitute Ciarán O'Connor hit three late frees to cement the victory.

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