St Kieran’s are the favourites as they chase their 51st crown in today’s clash.
The champions have displayed sparkling form in recent weeks, defeating Dublin South 4-13 to 1-6 at the quarter-final stage and claiming a 4-11 to 1-12 semi-final victory over Good Counsel (New Ross).
Clearly they carry huge goal-scoring potential and corner-forward Thomas O’Hanrahan is the main man in that respect.
Last year’s Kilkenny minor has struck five goals in his last two games and is part of a classy attack that includes John Power, Michael Brennan and Cillian Buckley, who were also part of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland under-age winning team last September.
Castlecomer, who won their first and only title to date in 2007, have defeated Coláiste Eoin and Dublin North to reach this juncture.
Charles Dwyer and Eoin Bergin are in freescoring form while Brian Cahill will anchor their defence at centre-back. But St Kieran’s look to pack too powerful a punch.