Kilkenny hurling: Young Irelands win thrilling Roinn B minor final
YOUNG IRLANDS 3-7; ST MARTIN'S 2-6
In the end a goal from Killian Carey in the 45th minute and a point from a 54th minute free by Patrick Brennan earned ’Irelands what was their first Roinn B championship title at this level.
Young Irelands got off to a flying start, scoring 1-1 during the opening two minutes. Patrick Brennan shot the point before Conor Fitzpatrick gathered a ball on the ‘50’ and raced straight through before shooting to the net.
St Martin’s got off the scoring mark in the fourth minute when Jack Farrell chased an apparent nothing situation when the ball appeared to be running wide. However, Farrell rescued the situation and made a goal out of nothing.
The revival was short lived. When Killian Carey got a run at the Martin’s goal in the 13th minute he plundered a good goal to shoot his side 2-4 to 1-1 ahead.
’Irelands missed a chance of a goal a minute later when they drove a penalty wide. While they hurled well afterwards to lead by 2-6 to 1-5 at half-time, they might easily have been further ahead.
The game was a blaze of sustained action from there to the finish, with Martin’s on top for a while. Young Irelands slowly but surely got a grip on things again, and Carey’s goal lifted them.
The winners shot three wides in-a-row before Patrick Brennan converted a free after shooting two others wide early. ’Irelands were under pressure to the finish, but they held out for a great victory.
SCORERS: Young Irelands s- Killian Carey (2-1); Conor Fitzpatrick (1-1); Patrick Brennan (0-3); Gavin Manning, Jimmy Lennon (0-1 each). St Martin’s - Jack Farrell (1-4); Thomas Lawlor (1-0); Josh Dempsey (0-2).
Dicksboro top of the A grade in Kilkenny minor hurling
DICKSBORO 0-18, MOONCOIN 0-6
The winners got off to a flying start when lively corner-forward, Sean Maher, grabbed a brace of points during the opening minutes. Oisin Henebery hit back for Mooncoin from a free, but the winners took up the running again and they were within sight of victory when they hit half-time leading by 0-11 to 0-3.
That was after the winners shot 10 wides, although the shooting of Liam Moore (5), Sean Maher (2) and Mikey Clifford (2) went a long way towards making up a decent score.
The bad weather over the weekend left the pitch heavy and demanding, and the quality of hurling suffered as a result. Dicksboro had the edge in quality, with Padraic Moylan, Liam Moore, Mikey Clifford and Sean Maher their top performers.
SCORERS: Dicksboro - Liam Moore (0-9); Mikey Clifford (0-4); Sean Maher (0-3); Nick Doheny, Timmy Clifford (0-1 each). Mooncoin - Oisin Henebery (0-4); James Aylward (0-2).