Kilkenny stars shine as Carrickshock seal All Ireland glory
Carrickshock (Kilkenny) 2-15 Ahascragh-Fohenagh (gal) 0-6
A star-studded Carrickshock side swept to a convincing victory in the All-Ireland IHC final at Croke Park, crushing Ahascragh-Fohenagh’s bid to become the first Galway club to win the title.
The trophy is back in Kilkenny for the fourth time in five years, thanks to the enduring class of Richie Power, Michael Rice and John Tennyson.
Legends of black and amber, they turned on the style once again at Croke Park, with Power describing the day as “a dream come true”.
“It outweighs anything that I’ve ever done before, winning an All-Ireland with these lads. It’s something I’ll always remember,” he said.
In control from the start, when Power fired over a couple of points, they played within themselves throughout the opening half, and a penalty, netted by goalkeeper Jamie Power on 23 minutes, gave them a 1-6 to 0-2 lead.
Cathal Mannion ploughed a lone furrow up front for Ahascragh-Fohenagh and finished with all but one of their scores.
Damien Walsh rounded goalkeeper Donal Kelly to slide home a second goal, and Richie Power laid on an exhibition of long-range finishing.
It could have been a greater defeat for the Galway men had Kelly not pulled off a superb save from Darragh Brennan.
SCORERS – Carrickshock: D Walsh 1-1, J Power 1-0 (pen), R Power 0-6 (1f), K Farrell (2f), J Power 0-2 each, D Brennan, M O’Dwyer, M Rice, P Tennyson 0-1 each.
Ahascragh-Fohenagh: C Mannion 0-5 (3f), L Cosgrove 0-1.
Ahascragh-Fohenagh: D Kelly; B Kilroy, J Kelly, P Gavin; JP Egan, P Mannion, J Finnerty; S Kelly, L Tully; L Cosgrove, E Delaney, F Donnellan; C Mannion, R Kelly, M Kelly. Subs: S Connelly for Donnellan (h-t), E O Ceallaigh for M Kelly (42), C Cosgrove for Delaney (50), S Smyth for R Kelly (54).
Carrickshock: J Power; D Franks, J Dalton, J Grace; J Cahill, J Tennyson, N Tennyson; B O’Donovan, M Rice; J Power, R Power, D Walsh; K Farrell, D Brennan, M O’Dwyer. Subs: J Butler for O’Donovan (38), S Power for Brennan (53), P Tennyson for Cahill (58), J Murphy for Grace (59), M Rohan for O’Dwyer (59).
REF: G McGrath (Wexford).