St Kieran’s defeat Our Lady’s Templemore to make Croke Cup final

Colum Prendiville and Joe Cuddihy goals prove crucial in All-Ireland Colleges Senior A hurling championship

St Kieran’s, who are chasing three-in-a-row, will meet Ardscoil Rís in the Croke Cup final. Photograph: Inpho

St Kieran’s (Kilkenny) 2-16
Our Lady’s Templemore (Tipperary) 0-13

Holders St Kieran's are within touching distance of a 21st Croke Cup crown after goals from Colum Prendiville and Joe Cuddihy proved crucial in Saturday's semi-final victory over Our Lady's Templemore.

St Kieran’s, chasing three-in-a-row, will meet Ardscoil Rís in the final but they had to work hard before seeing off the stiff challenge of beaten Harty Cup finalists Templemore.

Nine points was the margin between the sides at full-time but Templemore, on three occasions, were within two of the Leinster champions in the second half.


St Kieran's hitman Adrian Mullen also saw a penalty midway through the second half brilliantly saved by Jack Kennedy but the goal they were looking for arrived with eight minutes left, as Cuddihy finished off a superb offload from Seán Carey, son of Kilkenny legend DJ.

That goal handed St Kieran’s a 2-13 to 0-12 lead and they were 10 points ahead approaching the finish before winning pulling up.

At the break, St Kieran’s were 1-9 to 0-8 clear as Templemore managed just one point from play in the first half.

St Kieran’s had the ideal start, leading by 1-1 to 0-0 within two minutes as towering centre forward Prendiville scored the early goal.

ST KIERAN'S: D Phelan; C Byrne, T Walsh, E Carroll; M Cody (0-1), D Mullen, M Kenny; M Keoghan, E Delaney (0-1); J Connolly (0-1), C Prendiville (1-3), A Mullen (0-7, six frees); S Carey (0-1), J Cuddihy (1-1), E Moylan (0-1). Subs: V Costello for E Delaney (60), N Delaney for Byrne (60). OUR LADY'S TEMPLEMORE: J Kennedy; E Ryan, D Ryan, C O'Meara; P Cadell, K Hassett, T Murphy; B McGrath (0-5, three frees, one 65), N Quinlan; S Nolan (0-1), L Fairbrother (0-1), R McCormack; J Bergin (0-3, freesf), J Kelly (0-2), D O'Shea (0-1). Subs: A O'Meara for O'Shea (54), P Bergin for J Bergin (54). Referee: J Keane (Galway)