Munster Champions Cup
The Saints marched into the last four of the Munster Champions Cup over the weekend.
Beaten finalists last year St Michaels won a Tipperary battle to reach the semi final of the contest.
The visiting side Waterford Hibs will curse three keeping errors, but will take solace from their all round performance as they lost a tie that was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested.
The home side made a lively start with Ollie O’Driscoll and Jimmy Carr showing up well and within eight minutes they were ahead.
Carr did well to win a corner on eight minutes and Jonathan Kennedy got his head to the set piece. The effort seemed to lack power, but it found it’s way into the net.
Saints doubled their advantage on 15 mins when Shane Ryan played in Ollie O’Driscoll keeper Whitty saved his first attempt, but O’Driscoll won the race for the rebound to finish.
O’Driscoll after a wonderful Colin Bargary ball and Jonathan St Ledger traded chances soon after, but it was the home team who scored next.
Five minutes short of the break when Jimmy Carr picked out a pass to Richie Ryan on the left and he showed compusure to deftly chip the ball over Whitty to the net.
Just when it seemed Saints had the upper hand, a good Hibs move saw Mark O’Keeffe win possession on the left wing and his cross saw Thomas Whitty finish well from 12 yards to reduce the arrears before the break.
Hibs dominated after the turn and took their hosts enjoying the bulk of possession. The visitors went closest to turning that pressure into a goal on 69 mins when St Ledger crossed from the left wing and Philip Drohan headed over the bar from close range.
However, with 15 minutes remaining the home side made sure as Sean Guerins pounced on a rebounded Jimmy Carr free kick to put a comfortable three goal cushion between the sides.