Byrne’s two goals help Kilkenny CBS retain their Leinster crown
Favourites St Kieran’s mastered by local rivals
Kilkenny CBS 2-13 St Kieran’s College 0-13
Two first-half goals from Jamie Byrne saw Kilkenny CBS beat city rivals St Kieran’s College and retain their Leinster schools senior hurling title at Nowlan Park.
CBS held a lead in Nowlan Park thanks to Luke Scanlon and Robbie Buckley, but surged in front when full-forward Byrne flicked the sliotar home after 10 minutes..
Andrew Gaffney (free, 65) and a fine point from a tight angle by Robbie Murphy, pushed them into a seven-point lead by the end of the quarter (1-5 to 0-1).
St Kieran’s fought back with points from Brian Cody (2), Billy Ryan and Robbie Donnelly – but Byrne’s 29th minute goal helped CBS establish a gap St Kieran’s couldn’t bridge.
KILKENNY CBS: D Holohan, K Galvin, C McGrath, C Doheny, G Bryan, E Cody, P Deegan, N Mullins, JP Treacy (0-2), H Lawlor, L Scanlon (0-1), A Gaffney (0-7, 4f, two 65) , R Buckley (0-1), J Byrne (2-1), R Murphy (0-1). Subs: Danny Bolger for Cody, 52 mins; Matthew McWey, 57 mins.
ST KIERAN’S COLLEGE: J Barcoe, T Walsh, E Walsh, J Cleere, D Mullen, J Maher (0-1), J Keoghan, K Blanchfield, J Byrne, L Blanchfield (0-1), D O’Connor, N Walsh, R Donnelly (0-7, 4f, one 65), B Ryan (0-1), B Cody (0-3). Subs: J Haines for N. Walsh, ht; M Cody for Keoghan, ht; P White for E Walsh, 43 mins; R. Lahart for Ryan, 47 mins; Tadhg O’Dwyer for O’Connor, 47 mins.
Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath).