Four-goal O’Hanrahan the hero for St Kieran’s

St Kieran’s of Kilkenny produced an accomplished performance to defeat a combined Dublin North side 5-7 to 1-5 in their Leinster Colleges SAHC quarter-final at Ratheniska on Saturday.

Central to their win was full-forward Thomas O’Hanrahan, who caused constant headaches for the Dublin defence and plundered four goals to effectively settle the contest.

The All-Ireland champions got off to a flying start and hit 1-3 in quick succession to lead by six points inside ten minutes, with a free from Paul Winters finally opening Dublin’s account in the 12th minute.

The Dubs improved from that point on and played themselves back into contention after an excellent goal from dual player Ciarán Kilkenny to help trim his side’s deficit to just two points (2-3 to 1-4) by the interval.

However, St Kieran’s showed greater fluency and teamwork and, with Diarmuid Cody, Cormac Wafer and Aidan Cleere at wing-back to the fore, they confirmed their semi-final berth with three second-half goals.

Their reward is a last four clash against Coláiste Eoin, who produced the result of the day in defeating Castlecomer CS 2-10 to 1-12 after extra-time in Carlow.

Full-forward Charlie Dwyer helped hand Castlecomer a 0-6 to 0-3 advantage by half-time but the Dublin gaelscoil drew level through scores from Óisín O’Rorke and Colm Cronin to force extra-time.

Cronin, who lined out at midfield in Dublin’s run to the All-Ireland MHC final, grabbed his second goal of the game in the first period and despite a late rally, Eoin confirmed their second semi-final spot in three years by the narrowest of margins.

At the Dicksboro grounds in Palmerstown, St Peter’s of Wexford caused a minor surprise in overcoming league finalists St Brendan’s, Birr with Andrew Kenny’s accuracy from placed balls a pivotal factor in their win.

St Peter’s led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval, thanks largely to Kenny’s frees and looked set for victory in the second-half when Kenny goaled from a free and within minutes the Offaly men were reduced to 14.

However, St Brendan’s soon recorded a goal of their own but despite their increased levels of possession, their late fightback proved in vain as they succumbed by 1-11 to 1-9.

The remaining tie of the round saw Kilkenny CBS register a comfortable six-point win over Good Counsel in Thomastown, keeping alive their hopes of a dream final with local rivals St Kieran’s in the process.

Ciaran Doyle proved their top marksman, scoring 0-8 in total while Philip Campion’s goal at the end of the first quarter proved critical in a low-scoring encounter for CBS, who face St Peter’s in the last four on Saturday week.

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