December 8, 2023

St Kieran’s College are celebrating winning a 24th All-Ireland PP Croke Cup after having 10 points to spare over Presentation College, Athenry in the St Patrick’s Day decider.

A trio of well taken goals from Anthony Ireland Wall, Donagh Murphy and Ted Dunne proved to be the difference as the Kilkenny city school made up for defeat against Ardscoil Ris of Limerick 12 months earlier.

The game was tightly fought in the opening period where man of the match Rory Glynn proved to be the ace in attack for the winners as he scored four points from play.

Athenry stayed in the fight with Tiarnan Leen and Aaron Niland proving influential but it was Kieran’s who led 1-7 to 0-8 at the interval after Anthony Ireland Wall scored a cracking individual goal.

Kieran’s took full control of the game in the second period as they restricted Presentation College to just four points where Donagh Murphy’s 39th minute goal essentially put the tie beyond the reach of an Athenry team that were aiming to win their first title.

Ted Dunne then added on a stoppage time goal as Kieran’s finished off the game in style.

For a full report on the game, see this week’s Kilkenny People Newspaper.

Teams and Scorers

St Kieran’s College-Anthony Ireland Wall (1-2), Ted Dunne (1-1), Rory Glynn (0-4), Donagh Murphy (1-0), Harry Shine (0-2, one free), Ben Whitty (0-1, one 65), Padraig Naddy, Killian Doyle, Bobby Murphy (0-1 each). 

Presentation College, Athenry- Aaron Niland (0-6, five frees and one 65), Tiarnan Leen (0-2),  Matthew Tarpey, Gearoid Fahy, Shane Monaghan, Jason Rabbitte (0-1 each)

St Kieran’s College- Stephen Manogue (James Stephens); Killian Corcoran (Shamrocks), Bill Hughes (Bennettsbridge), Timmy Kelly (Bennettsbridge); Tom McPhillips (Dicksboro), Jeff Neary (Graigue-Ballycallan), Padraig Naddy (Young Irelands); Aaron McEvoy (Graigue-Ballycallan), Killian Doyle (Emeralds); Anthony Ireland Wall (Danesfort), Harry Shine (Dicksboro), Rory Glynn (Clara); Ben Whitty (Danesfort), Ted Dunne (Graiguenamanagh), Donagh Murphy (Mount Leinster Rangers, Carlow).

Subs- Niall Shortall (Shamrocks) for McEvoy (h-t), Bobby Murphy (The Harps, Laois) for Kelly (h-t), Sean Hunt (St Martins) for Ireland Wall (58 mins), Sean Keenan (Dicksboro) for Whitty (63 mins).

Presentation College, Athenry- Darragh Walsh; Aaron Shannon, Conor Lawless, Sean Murphy; Darragh Counihan, Michael Fallon, Aaron McDonagh; Matthew Tarpey, Tiarnan Leen; Gearoid Fahy, Darragh McCartin, Orin Burke; Aaron Niland, Eoin Byrne, Cian Donoghue.

Subs- Colin Counihan for D Counihan (h-t), Shane Monaghan for Byrne (40 mins), Jason Rabbitte for McCartin (49 mins), Nigel Kelly for Burke (57 mins), Oisin Quirke for Fahy (59 mins).

Referee- Johnny Murphy (Limerick)



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