Ballyhale Shamrocks captured the St. Canice’s Credit Union Kilkenny senior hurling championship for the fourteenth time in Nowlan Park by defeating Dicksboro by 0-16 to 0-12. Ballyhale led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval after a first half in which the city team saved two Henry Shefflin pelalties. Shamrocks could not quite administer the killer blow missing a number of goal chances while the ‘Boro will rue three wides in succession at a crucial stage of the second half and an Eddie O’Donoghue shot which hit the upright. Nonetheless Ballyhale were the better team with all six forwards, a midfielder and a half back contributing to their total.
Scorers – Ballyhale: H. Shefflin 0-5 (5f), M. Aylward 0-3, E Reid, C. Fennelly 0-2 each, B. Aylward (f), J. Fitzpatrick, M. Fennelly, C. Walsh 0-1 each
Dicksboro: M. Gaffney 0-8 (8f), Oisin Walsh, Ollie Walsh, E. O’Donoghue, P. O’Flynn 0-1 each.
Ballyhale – R. Reid; P. Shefflin, A. Cummins, A. Cuddihy; M. Dermody, J. Holden, R. Alyward; E. Walsh, M. Fennelly; J. Fitzpatrick, H. Shefflin, M. Aylward; C. Walsh, C. Fennelly, E. Reid. Subs: P. Reid for C.Walsh (46m), D. Hoyne for E. Reid (58m).
Dicksboro – A. Duggan; K. Cuddihy, D. Kenny, E. Malone; M. Fagan, D. Glynn, R. Fitzpatrick; C. Buckley, J. Fagan; M. Gaffney, Oisin Walsh, Ollie Walsh; K. Kenny, S. Maher, P. O’Flynn. Subs: E. O’Donoghue for K. Kenny (25m), C. Starr for J. Fagan (39m).
Referee : G. Quilty (Slieverue)