Mullen haul helps St Kieran's advance
St Kieran's 1-10 Borris VS 1-9
Reigning All-Ireland champions St Kieran's know they will have do better when they face Dublin North in the provincial semi-final on Saturday.
In Fenagh stadium, admittedly a day when hurling was turned into a slog, St Kieran's got a scare although they never looked like losing to a gutsy Borris side.
"This level of form wouldn't do against Dublin North," said manager Liam Smith. "We will have to improve, or our Leinster title will be gone."
With free-taker Kevin McDonald contributing five points, and Paddy Nolan, Colm Whelan and Cathal Treacy also hitting the target, Borris led 0-8 to 1-3 at the break. But they had had the wind behind them, and Kieran's - for whom Sean Carey got the goal - were favourites at the change of ends.
The game turned into a one-man scoring show for Kieran's as Adrian Mullen hit six points to take his side 1-9 to 0-8 clear by the 38th minute.
Gary Lawlor smashed home a goal for Borris in the 57th minute, and Kieran's had a man sent off, but the Kilkenny side held on.
SCORERS - St Kieran's College: A Mullen 0-9 (7fs), S Carey 1-0, D Jordan 0-1. Borris VS: K McDonald 0-6fs, G Lawlor 1-0, C Whelan, C Treacy, P Nolan 0-1 each.
ST KIERAN'S COLLEGE - D Phelan; B Kirwan, N Delaney, M Keoghan; T Walsh, D Mullen, M Kenny; M Cody, D Jordan; G Brennan, W Spencer, C Prenderville; A Mullen, O Gough, S Carey. Subs: E Moylan for Prenderville; V Costello for Gough; E Carroll for B Kirwan; E O'Shea for Carey.
Borris VS - T Dowling; S Brennan, D Tobin, R McEvoy; G Lawlor, E Redmond, T Lawlor; A Nolan, C Whelan; C Treacy, K McDonald, A Hosey; N Lynam, C Nolan, P Nolan. Sub: D Sheehan for Hosey.
REF - B O'Reilly (Laois).