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A 54th Leinster hurling crown for St Kieran’s as they see off Kilkenny CBS

A four-point win for St Kieran’s today in Nowlan Park.

Nowlan Park was the venue for today's game.
Nowlan Park was the venue for today's game.
Image: Tommy Greally/INPHO

St Kieran’s College 2-12
Kilkenny CBS 1-11

ST KIERAN’S ARE the kings of colleges hurling again in Leinster after they fashioned a four-point win over local rivals Kilkenny CBS in Nowlan Park this afternoon.

The Top Oil Leinster SAHC colleges final swung in St Kieran’s direction thanks to a strong closing performance as they retained the title they won last year.

It was the fifth time in seven years that these two schools contested this decider and St Kieran’s avenged their 2013 and 2014 final defeats at the hands of Kilkenny CBS.

The teams were level at 1-3 to 0-6 at the break with Adrian Mullen, who finished with 1-9 to his name, hitting the net for St Kieran’s.

A second goal arrived after the interval for St Kieran’s courtesy of Martin Keoghan as they went in front 2-6 to 0-9 by the 43rd minute.

It was no fault of the excellent Sean Bolger that Kilkenny CBS fell behind as his accuracy from frees saw him fire over 0-11.

A late Marc Drennan goal gave Kilkenny CBS hope but St Kieran’s closed out the game successfully.

Scorers for St Kieran’s: Adrian Mullen 1-9 (0-7f); Martin Keoghan 1-0; Edmond Delaney, Joe Cuddihy and Sean Carey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny CBS: Sean Bolger 0-11 (0-10f) Marc Drennan 1-0.

St Kieran’s College

Darragh Phelan

Conor Byrne
Niall Delaney
Evan Carroll

Tommy Walsh
Darren Mullen
Matt Kenny

Michael Cody
Edmond Delaney

Adrian Mullen
Joe Connolly
Martin Keoghan

Sean Carey
Joe Cuddihy
Edward Moylan.

Subs
Colum Prenderville for N Delaney
Victor Costello for M Kenny
William Spencer for M Keoghan
Brian Kirwan for T Walsh (blood rule)

Kilkenny CBS

Liam Dunphy

Kieran Ryan
Conor Flynn
Conor Fitzpatrick

Des Dunne
Marc Drennan
Shane Mahoney

Conor Doheny
Niall Brassil

John McEvoy
Jay Leahy
Chris Kavanagh

Bill Sheehan
Sean Bolger
Conor Heary

Subs:
Jordan Molloy for C Heary
Conor Drennan for J McEvoy
Ronan Buckley for K Ryan
Robert Crotty for J Molloy

Referee: Patrick Murphy (Carlow).

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