Top Oil Leinster P.P. Schools’ Senior ‘A’ Hurling Semi-Finals
Saturday, 11th February 2017
Netwatch Fenagh GAA: St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny v St Peter’s College, Wexford, 2.00pm
Thomastown: Good Counsel College, New Ross v Kilkenny CBS, 2.00pm
Several dual players are leading the charge for St Peter’s College as they bid for an historic hurling and football double this season.
Foremost among them are the O’Connor cousins, Rory and Barry. Rory hit 15 points (12 frees) in their 1-21 to 0-8 quarter-final victory over St Brendan’s CS, while Barry scored the game’s only goal, coming hot on the heels of his man-of-the-match display in the football final.
They are just two of five St Martin’s club men on the starting 15 in both codes - the others being Conor Firman, Ben Maddock and Eoin O’Leary. Quinn Saunders and Finn O’Driscoll also started the football final versus Moate CS and the hurling quarter-final eight days’ later.
St Peter’s College were far too strong for their Birr-based opponents, leading by 1-11 to 0-2 at the break, with O’Connor’s 26th minute goal effectively wrapping up the contest.
Meanwhile, St Kieran’s College had to battle hard to defeat Borris Vocational School in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row.
The reigning Leinster and All-Ireland champions withstood a late scare when Borris VS snatched a 60th minute goal, reducing the gap to just a point. But St Kieran’s kept their composure and Adrian Mullen brought his personal tally to 0-11 with his seventh free to give them a two point winning margin (0-14 to 1-9).
St Kieran’s held a 0-6 to 0-3 advantage at the interval and looked on course for a comfortable win after stretching their lead to seven points in the third quarter.
The Kilkenny side will look to the aforementioned Mullen, centre back Martin Keoghan and forward Evan Shefflin for leadership as they have the experience of winning titles last season.
Good Counsel College also reached the semi-final of the corresponding football championship, only narrowly losing out to Moate CS, and also feature several dual players in their ranks.
Six of their players come from Kilkenny and over half of their side won All-Ireland U-16 medals two years ago. The New Ross school came through by two points against Castlecomer CS, a last-gasp goal from Luke Sinnott giving them a 2-8 to 0-12 victory.
The same player had opened the scoring with a goal in the 5th minute and they led by a point at the break – 1-6 to 0-8. Sam Wall also chipped in with five points, with Jim Ryan and Sean Nolan also contributing to their final tally.
After being forced to settle for second best in last year’s final, Kilkenny CBS received a boost before Christmas by beating St Kieran’s College in the league final.
Their quarter-final opponents were Dublin North, who already had three wins over fellow ‘group teams’ under their belts. Kilkenny CBS required a late goal from Sean Boyd to guarantee their progress, on a scoreline of 1-19 to 1-12.
Top-scorer Sean Bolger’s tally of 0-8 included three points from play, while Niall Brassil and Conor Heary struck for three points each.
The final is scheduled for Saturday, 25th February.