St Kieran’s Kilkenny 2-11 Coláiste Íosagáin 3-3
2003 South Leinster Colleges JFC ‘B’ Final
Kilkenny as a county mightn’t put much emphasis on football – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good at it.
Throughout the years Kilkenny teams – at club or school level – have occasionally shown that they’d hold their own at a decent standard if hurling wasn’t so dominant.
In early 2003 St Kieran’s – the great hurling nursery – got the better of Portarlington’s Coláiste Íosagáin in the South Leinster Colleges JFC ‘B’ final with none other than future Kilkenny star Richie Hogan pulling the strings from centre-back, from where he scored three points.
Kieran’s also included John Joe Farrell, who’d also go on to play senior hurling for Kilkenny.
Coláiste Íosagáin weren’t without their future stars either. Conor Meredith and Robbie Kehoe would go to play senior for Laois, Willie Mulhall would play senior for Offaly and many more would player county underage and have good club careers.
On this day St Kieran’s were dominant, though. They raced into a 2-5 to no score early on though Port fought back will with goals from Mulhall, Meredith and Courtwood’s Barry Donnelly to be back within a point – 2-5 to 3-1 – at the break.
Mulhall was unlucky to see a penalty come back off the post early in the second half and St Kieran’s were able to stay ahead throughout the second half to claim glory.
You can check out a selection of Alf Harvey’s photos below.
SCORERS – St Kieran’s: Martin Phelan 2-2, Richie Hogan 0-3, Michael Lawlor 0-2, Darren Ferns 0-2, Richard Ryan 0-1, John Joe Farrell 0-1. Colaiste Iosagain: Willie Mulhall 1-2, Conor Meredith 1-0, Barry Donnelly 1-0, Eddie Kelly 0-1.
COLÁISTE ÍOSAGÁIN: Michael Webster; Jonathan Fulham, Philip Mulpeter, Sean Smith; Killian Mullen, Mark Kehoe, Daniel Hayles; Michael Kelly, Barry Donnelly; Robbie Kehoe, Conor Kehoe, Conor Meredith; Jason Dunne, Eddie Kelly, William Mulhall. Subs: Stephen Slattery for Philip Mulpeler.
ST KIERAN’S, KILKENNY: Michael Gannon; Andrew Hickey, David Walsh, Shane Connolly; Conor O‘Brien. Richard Hogan, Padraig Caulfield; Colm Brady, Gary Breen; Shane Brennan, John Joe Farrell, James Nolan; Michael Lawlor, Martin Phelan, Darren Ferns, Richard Ryan. Subs: Richard Ryan for Darren Ferns and Brian O’Shea for David Walsh.
REFEREE: Pat Kehoe