A superb second-half display with the wind at their backs saw St Fergal’s, Rathdowney turn an eight point half-time deficit into an impressive six point win over Offaly school Colaiste Naomh Cormac last Wednesday.
Leinster VS Senior Hurling A
Colaiste Naomh Cormac 2-16
St Fergal’s, Rathdowney 2-22
Darragh Quinlan was the undoubted star of the show as the centre-forward accounted for 1-15 of his side’s total in a superb all round display.
On a heavy pitch playing into the strong wind blowing straight down the field, St Fergal’s kept in touch for much of the first-half with the Offaly side only pulling away late in the half.
St Fergal’s quickly set about reducing the deficit after the break and were level by the midway point of the half before easing away in the closing stages for a deserved win.
Despite playing against the wind in the opening half, they lead by 0-4 to 0-2 after eight minutes with the points coming from Darragh Quinlan (3) and Aidan Corboy.
Kilcormac based school Colaiste Naomh Cormac draw their players exclusively from Kilcormac/Killoughey GAA Club who this year won the senior, minor A and U-16A hurling titles in Offaly.
With the wind at their backs Colaiste Naomh Cormac had moved two points ahead by the midway point of the half with full forward Dillon Murray scoring five of their six points. Murray extended the lead to five with 17 minutes on the clock when he scrambled the ball to the back of the net from close range.
St Fergal’s hit back with points from Darragh Quinlan and Mark Kavanagh to reduce the gap to three but the home side enjoyed a purple patch in the next ten minutes knocking over six points in a row with one coming from a free from inside his own ‘45 two time All Ireland U-16 Poc Fada winner Cillian Kiely.
Darragh Quinlan pulled one back for St Fergal’s before the break from a free but at the interval the Laois school trailed by 1-12 to 0-7.
A point apiece was exchanged at the start of the second-half before St Fergal’s lead by scoring machine Darragh Quinlan set about reducing the lead.
He rattled off four points in succession before Dillon Murray pulled one back for Colaiste Naomh Cormac.
That score only briefly interrupted Quinlan’s run as he added another 1-3 in the space of five minutes to put his side in front. His goal came at the end of a 30 metre solo run and he dispatched the ball to the net with great aplomb.
Points from Mark Kavanagh, Aidan Corboy and Bill Meade followed before a goal from Corboy put St Fergal’s eight points clear and in a winning position.
Goalkeeper Cillian Kiely trotted forward to blast home a 21 metre free for Colaiste Naomh Cormac to give the home side a glimmer of hope but two more points from Darragh Quinlan quickly restored the lead.
Dillon Murray added two late points for Colaiste Naomh Cormac with Eoin Fitzpatrick slotting over one for St Fergal’s to send the Laois school home winners.
Scorers: Colaiste Naomh Cormac: Dillon Murray 1-11 (0-8f); Cillian Kiely 1-1f; Cathal Gath 0-1; Peter Troy 0-1; Alan Spain 0-1. St Fergal’s, Rathdowney: Darragh Quinlan 1-15 (0-12f), Aidan Corboy 1-3, Mark Kavanagh 0-2, Leoin Fitzpatrick 0-1, Bill Meade 0-1
Colaiste Naomh Cormac: Cillian Kiely; Oisin Mahon, Jordan Quinn, Anthony Kilmartin; Kevin Ryan, Shane Guinan, Sean Lowry; Seamus Kilmartin, Alan Spain; Dillon Young, Dan Mahon, Peter Troy; Harley Dalziel, Dillon Murray, Cathal Gath
St Fergal’s, Rathdowney: Danny Brennan; Conor Quinlan, Eoin Doyle, Lee Clear; Bill Meade, Gavin Dunne, Jack Kelly; Colm Stapleton, Liam O’Connell; Eoin Fitzpatrick, Darragh Quinlan, Stephen Bergin; Mark Kavanagh, Aidan Corboy, Paddy Whelan.
Referee: Brian Gavin