There was a huge Mooncoin presence in Croke Park on Saturday but they came away somewhat disappointed having suffered just a one point loss to a fine Mayfield side in the AIB Junior Final. Mooncoin found themselves 6 points in arrears at one stage but bravely fought back to draw level with time almost up. But an injury time point from Man of the Match Nicky Kelly saw the Cork side home on a final score 2-16 to 1-18. Although obviously disappointed Mooncoin can reflect on a very satisfactory year and look forward to life in the intermediate grade in Kilkenny in 2017.
Click HERE for brief match report from John Knox of Kilkenny People Sport
All roads lead to Croke Park on Saturday when both Mooncoin and Carrickshock strive for All Ireland Club glory in the AIB Junior and Intermediate Club Finals. First up will be Mooncoin at 3pm and they play Mayfield, the Cork and Munster champions, in the Junior decider. Then at 4.45 Carrickshock meet Ahascragh/Fohenagh of Galway in the Intermediate Final.
Tickets for the games €20 (adults) and €5 (Under 16's) are now on sale. In particular, Mooncoin supporters can purchase at Centra Mooncoin and Carrickshock supporters at Carrolls Centra Knocktopher. Discounted Pensioner and Student tickets are only available on match day at Croke Park with valid ID. Please note that seats are UNRESERVED i.e. First come first served and just Lower Deck Hogan Stand open.
At the Allianz League game in Nowlan Park on Sunday presentations were made to both Kilkenny Clubs by Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club. Click on Read More below for pics.
Next Sunday sees local clubs Carrickshock and Mooncoin attempt to reach their respective All Ireland Club Finals. Carrickshock are first into the fray when they meet Robert Emmets of London in the AIB Intermediate Semi-Final in Portlaoise at 1pm. Robert Emmets defeated Ulster champions St Brigids (Antrim) 0-16 to 0-14 in the quarter-final. Then at 2pm in Trim Mooncoin take on Lamh Dearg, the Ulster Champions, in the Junior Semi-Final. We will have score updates on both games on our twitter feed @KilkennyCLG together with updates on the Walsh Cup semi-final.
Kilkenny GAA wishes both clubs all the very best on Sunday. The finals will be played on Saturday 18th February in Croke Park.
Congratulations to both Clara and Thomastown on their great victories in the Intermediate and Junior Club Finals today in Croke Park. For brief match reports click on Read More. For Thomastown and Clara Photos (courtesy Willie Dempsey) click on Photos
Sunday's Club Finals will be broadcast live on KCLR96FM. Read on for details. Best of luck to both teams in the Finals!