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Puirséil's goal seals historic Eoin victory

Coláiste Eoin 1-16  St Kieran's Kilkenny 0-17

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This victory was based on a fierce determination and thirst within the Coláiste Eoin side. (stock photo)

This victory was based on a fierce determination and thirst within the Coláiste Eoin side. (stock photo)

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This victory was based on a fierce determination and thirst within the Coláiste Eoin side. (stock photo)

A Coláiste Eoin goal from Dara Puirséil as the game entered injury time gave the Dublin school a dramatic but fully merited victory over holders St Kieran's, Kilkenny, in this Corn Uí Dhúill (Leinster PP Schools SHC 'A') final at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.

With the Kilkenny college clinging to a one point lead (0-16 to 0-15) Puirséil went on a rampaging run through the Kieran's defence to score the game's only goal and bring the cup to the Stillorgan college for the first time.

The sides were level a total of nine times, including half-time when they were tied at 0-6 apiece.

This victory was based on a fierce determination and thirst within the Coláiste Eoin side. They matched Kieran's in every facet and it was obvious that their need was greater than their opponents.

The spine of the Dublin college was superb with full-back Brian Mac Sithigh a towering presence. Ian O hEithir was masterful at centre-back while midfielder Odhrán Mac Gerailt played a captain's part. Purséil scored 1-2 from play while Breandán O Scanláin was immaculate from placed balls, finishing with 0-5.

Kieran's midfielder and joint captain Conor Kelly was the their top player on the day, scoring 0-9, 0-3 from open play. But the Kieran's forward failed to fire presenting little or no goal scoring threat and finding themselves pitted against a defence fully intent on defending their territory.

scorers - Coláiste Eoin: B Ó Scanláin 0-5 (3f, 1 '65); D Purséil 1-2; P Ó Luineacháin 0-3 (1 s/l); C Ó Tuathaill 0-2; O Mac Gearailt, S Ó Fiachna, S Ó Cuanaigh, L Mac an Bháird 0-1 each. St Kieran's: C Kelly 0-9 (6f); D Maher 0-3; O Egan, D Walsh 0-2 each; J Harkin 0-1.

Coláiste Eoin: M ó Donaile; C Mac Mathúna, B Mac Shitigh, L ó Lochlainn; R ó Maoileoin, I ó Eithir, C ó Cathasaigh; O Mac Gearailt, S ó Fiachna; C ó Tualthaill, D Puirséil, P ó Luineacháin; L ó Fiachna, B ó Scanláin, S ó Cuanaigh. Subs: L Mac an Bháird for L O'Fiachna (19); D O Dulaing for MacGearailt (41).

St Kieran's: D Galway; K Rudkins, P Moylan, D Fogarty; P McDonald, S Keoghan, J Harkin; C Kelly, H Walsh; C Kenny, J Doyle, D Maher; O Egan, P Donoghue, D Walsh. Subs: C Mullen for Maher (inj 47), J Sheridan for Doyle (54).

Ref - K Dooley (Offaly).

Irish Independent