Murphy finds range to edge St Kieran's past local rivals
St Kieran's College 1-17 Kilkenny CBS 1-15
St Kieran's college had to battle all the way before getting the better of city rivals Kilkenny CBS in a high-class decider at Nowlan Park.
LEINSTER COLS SHL 'A' FINAL
Defending champions CBS enjoyed a dream start when the nippy Luke Scanlon shot a fine goal in the third minute.
St Kieran's goal arrived in the 26th minute when Billy Ryan finished a pass from Conor Murphy to the net after a quick, flowing move that started at their half-back line.
With the addition of another point from deadly free-taker Murphy, St Kieran's went in at the break leading by 1-9 to 1-7 after playing against the wind.
By the 48th minute, when the sure-firing Liam Blanchfield pointed, St Kieran's had extended their advantage to four, 1-14 to 1-10, but three pointed frees in a row from Andrew Gaffney cut the gap to the minimum with five minutes remaining.
St Kieran's had two smashing points from Sean Morrissey and sub Conor O'Carroll in reply to lift them again, and they held out to the finish. The quality of the clash would suggest this pair will do well in the Leinster championship in the new year.
SCORERS -- St Kieran's College: C Murphy 0-11 (9fs), S Morrissey 0-4, B Ryan 1-0, K Blanchfield, C O'Carroll 0-1 each. Kilkenny CBS: A Gaffney 0-9 (6fs, 1 '65'), L Scanlon 1-0,
P Delahanty 0-2, N Mullins, R Murphy, R Buckley,
M NcWey 0-1 each.
ST KIERAN'S COLLEGE -- J Barcoe; T Walsh, E Walsh,
J Cleere; D Mullen, B Hanlon, M Cody; J Maher, K Blanchfield; L Blanchfield, S Morrissey, J Byrne; B Ryan, B Cody,
C Murphy. Subs: G Tynan for M Cody; D O'Connor for B Cody;
J Haines for B Hanlon; C O'Carroll for B Ryan.
KILKENNY CBS -- D Holohan; K Galvin, G Brien, H Lalor; D Doherty, JP Treacy, P Deegan; L Scanlon, C Cahill; P Delahanty, C McGrath, N Mullins; R Murphy, A Gaffney, R Buckley.
Subs: M McWey for Brien; C Doheny for Cahill.
REF -- J Bennett (Kilkenny)