Kilkenny’s men continued their flying start to Leinster Division One with a 3-1 win over Trinity, backing it up with a midweek 5-1 win over Bray in the Neville Cup, keeping their perfect start rolling.
Against the students, the hosting cats started brightly and took a deserved lead through Eddie Dore after a swift counter attack.
Largely in control of the game, Kilkenny allowed Trinity back in to the game when they didn’t clear a short corner and the students managed to bat in a loose ball after some volleyball, Felipe de Comprodon the scorer.
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Howard O’Donnell made it 2-1 to Kilkenny with a low drag flick from a short corner and with 10 minutes to go, Declan Coffey made the result safe as he latched on to a long overhead clearance by Emmett Hughes, rounded the keeper and fired home on the reverse from a tight angle.
Despite the best efforts of Trinity, Kilkenny held on comfortably to record their best start to a season in several years. They followed up with that Neville Cup win with McDonnell opening the scoring for 1-0 at the break before David McClure added two and there was a second for McDonnell and one for player of the match Billy McEnery.
Their reward is a home tie against Glenanne in the third round.
Elsewhere in Division One, Portrane got their first win since promotion as former Skerries man Sean Graham and, fittingly, Colin Neville got the goals in a 2-1 win over Avoca. The Neville family have been synonymous with the club since its inception 100 years ago and this was a sweet moment for the purples, their first Division One win in 21 years.
Railway bounced back from their opening day draw with Avoca to beat Corinthian 3-1 with Rob Devlin netting twice and Michael MacKenzie getting his first goal for the club.
UCD showed their power yet again with a 9-1 win over Dublin North, Ewan Ramsay scoring four time to bring his season’s total to five in two games.
Rathgar remain unbeaten thanks to a 1-1 draw with Clontarf to add to their opening day win; it’s Tarf’s first point of the campaign.
Leinster Division One: Kilkenny 3 (H McDonnell, E Dore, D Coffey) Dublin University 1 (F de Comprodon; Avoca 1 (E Rankin) Portrane 2 (S Graham, C Neville); Rathgar 1 (A White) Clontarf 1 (L Hayden); UCD 9 (E Ramsay 4, J Guilfoyle, H Spillane, L Bourke, A Meates, D Nolan) Dublin North 1 (A Sweeney); Corinthian 1 (C Motyer) Railway Union 3 (R Devlin 2, M MacKenzie)
Neville Cup, second round: Bray 1 Kilkenny 5 (H McDonnell 2, D McClure 2, B McEnery)