Marksman Mullen books St Kieran's a place in final
A quick-fire second-half Adrian Mullen goal propelled defending champions St Kieran's College into an eighth successive final at Enniscorthy on Saturday.
Wexford side St Peter's appeared to be mounting a real threat to last year's All-Ireland runners-up when fighting-back from a deficit of 1-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes to be on level terms at the break (1-6 each).
David O'Carroll fired home St Kieran's first goal, but Ross Banville was prolific for St Peter's, supplying a bunch of points before batting to the net in the 23rd minute.
However, St Kieran's were re-energised by Mullen's strike shortly after the resumption and controlled matters thereafter.
Points from David O'Carroll and Eoin Cody saw them stride clear by 2-9 to 1-6 after 42 minutes. There was some consolation for St Peter's when Jake Nobbs forced the ball home, but by then it was too late to threaten St Kieran's ambitions.
SCORERS - St Kieran's College: A Mullen 1-4 (1f), D O'Carroll 1-1, E Cody 0-4 (2f, 1 65), E O'Shea, D Barron 0-2 each. St Peter's College: R Banville 1-6 (3f, 1 65), J Nobbs 1-0, P Dempsey, B Stafford 0-1 each.
ST KIERAN'S: D Mason; T Ronan, C Murphy, M Nolan; D Phelan, J Roberts, L Murphy; K Egan, E O'Shea; A Mullen, J Young, I Walsh; D Barron, D O'Carroll, E Cody. Subs: G Murphy for Barron, E Moylan for Walsh, C Hogan for Cody, J Coyne for O'Carroll.
ST PETER'S: D Pettit; D Lyne, B Maddock, R Furlong; B Dunne, M Codd, S Doyle; J Devereux, P Dempsey; C Clancy, B Stafford, J Nobbs; R Banville, B Deeny, A Cantwell. Subs: C Gahan for Cantwell (temp.), C Gahan for Deeney.
REF - P Murphy (Carlow)
st kieran's college 2-13
st peter's college 2-8