NEW Fingal hurling boss Ben Dorney got his reign off to a winning start, courtesy of a 2-11 to 1-9 victory over a weakened Trinity College in the Kehoe Cup at Naomh Mearnóg, Portmarnock yesterday.
The northsiders recovered form the concession of a first minute goal from Anton Byrne, levelling matters after ten minutes. The sudents bounced back to lead by a point at the break, but Fingal were superior on the resumption and were rewarded with a brace of goals from Martin Ormonde (39 mins) and William Lawrence (43).
With 15 minutes remaining, the gap was out to five and Trinity could find no way back. St Sylvester's clubman Ormonde top-scored with 1-5, 1-2 coming from open play.
Kingdom battle back
AN experimental KERRY overcame IT TRALEE by 1-14 to 1-13 at Austin Stack -- despite trailing 1-2 to 0-0 after 15 minutes and despite another late flurry of student scores.
The Geaney cousins, David (0-6, 3f) and goalscorer Paul (1-1), led the scoring while Anthony Maher and David Moran excelled at midfield and former skipper Darran O'Sullivan caught the eye in a new wing-back role.
The strength in depth of CORK football was underlined at Páirc Uí Rinn when the Rebels -- without virtually all the panel that won last year's All-Ireland -- crushed WIT by 0-19 to 0-5. Alan O'Connor and Kevin McMahon featured but, otherwise, Cork's familiar names were all on their team holiday in South Africa.
CLARE overcame a rusty first half to defeat UCC by 1-13 to 0-13 at Cooraclare. A much improved second half saw the Banner outscore their visitors 0-8 to 0-2. Earlier, Timmy Ryan kept Clare in the hunt with a 17th minute goal while Alan Clohessy finished with 0-7 (4f).
A run of seven unanswered points after the interval set up TIPPERARY for a 2-14 to 0-13 win over a spirited UL. Barry Grogan struck five points and also created Tipp's first half goals for Stephen Hahessy and Brian Mulvihill.