Cuala (Dublin) 4-16
Borris/Kilcotton (Laois) 1-14
RISING DUBLIN FOOTBALL star Con O’Callaghan steered Cuala to the semi-finals of the AIB Leinster club SHC with a whopping 4-3 haul at Parnell Park.
The speedy attacker featured in this year’s Championship for back to back title winners Dublin though is a quality hurler too as he displayed again.
A dual Leinster finalist at minor level in 2014, O’Callaghan racked up 3-3 in the first-half alone to all but kill off Borris-Kilcotton.
It was a tough first foray into their province for the Laois representatives who only won their first county title recently after amalgamating in 2011.
O’Callaghan, the only sub used by Cuala in the county final, was a late addition to the lineup and wasted no time in getting on the score trail.
He hit goals after eight and 10 minutes and added a third before the break to put Mattie Kenny’s men 14 clear at that stage, 3-11 to 0-6.
Cuala were favourites to win and a clear path has opened up for them to return to the provincial decider after losing there to Oulart-The Ballagh last year.
Free-taker David Treacy and Cian Waldron contributed 10 points between them before substituted while O’Callaghan was also withdrawn late on.
O’Callaghan after the game.
Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHO
But not before the man who hit 1-7 for Dublin in this year’s Leinster U-21 football final win over Kildare added his fourth goal.
That came in the 41st minute and knocked the stuffing out of the Laois men who had raised a mini-rally with three points on the trot before that.
Borris-Kilcotton did at least hold O’Callaghan scoreless after that fourth goal and actually won the second-half in scoring terms, adding a late goal from Patrick Whelan who finished with 1-2.
But Cuala advance to the last four of the provincial competition and will face St Mullins of Carlow on November 20 in Carlow.
Scorers for Cuala: Con O’Callaghan 4-3, David Treacy 0-6 (0-5f), Cian Waldron 0-4, Colm Cronin, John Sheanon and Darragh O’Connell 0-1 each.
Scorers for Borris/Kilcotton: PJ Scully 0-6 (0-5f, 1 s/l), Patrick Whelan 1-2, Aaron Dunphy and Danny Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, Neil Foyle and Joseph Campion 0-1 each.
1. Sean Brennan
2. Oisin Gough
3. Cian O’Callaghan
4. Simon Timlin
7. John Sheanon
6. Paul Schutte
8. Sean Moran
5. Jake Malone
9. Darragh O’Connell
12. David Treacy
11. Colm Cronin
10. Cian Waldron
15. Sean Treacy
24. Con O’Callaghan
14. Mark Schutte
18. Shane Stapleton for D Treacy (46)
19. Colum Sheanon for Waldron (50)
20. Brian Fitzgerald for O’Callaghan (55)
17. Ross Tierney for Timlin (55)
22. Naoise Waldron for S Treacy (59)
1. Eoin Fleming
3. Steven Finan
4. Brian Stapleton
2. Noel Delaney
9. Colm Stapleton
6. Matthew Whelan
5. Jim Fitzpatrick
7. Patrick Whelan
8. Danny Fitzpatrick
15. Daire Quinlan
11. Joseph Campion
17. Stephen Dunphy
14. PJ Scully
10. Aaron Dunphy
12. Neil Foyle
21. Conor Kilbane for Delaney (24)
18. Stephen Phelan for Quinlan (h.t.)
13. Eoin Fitzpatrick for S Dunphy (44)
19. Bill Meade for Finan (44)
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).
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