Power surge seals glory for Abbey CBS
Abbey CBS 2-19 St Louis 2-13
On an afternoon laced with emotion, it was only right that Shane Power would have the final say for Abbey CBS as they claimed All-Ireland Post Primary Schools senior B hurling glory.
Power bravely lined out for the Tipperary Town-based school on the day after his sister's funeral.
And Power lashed home the insurance goal in stoppage time at the end of extra-time to seal a third Paddy Buggy win for Abbey CBS - and their first since 2002.
Team mentor Darragh O'Donovan, a Limerick senior panellist, hailed Power's contribution at full-time.
O'Donovan said: "Shane is just an amazing fella. There's not a player in Tipperary who can catch a ball like Shane can. He's beaten every centre back he's played this year.
"To come out and do what he did today, I don't think anyone else could have done it.
"He was very emotional beforehand - he'd normally be the craic at the back of the bus, he sat on his own today. His performance was something else."
Two late frees from leading scorer Rian Doody brought the game into extra-time before Abbey kicked for home.
St Louis scored the only goal of regulation time in the 19th minute, Ronan Graham kicking home the first of his brace from close range.
The remaining three goals of the game arrived in a three-minute spell at the end of extra-time, Daire Egan netting to establish a six-point lead for Abbey before Graham struck again.
The final word went to Power, who capped a fine individual display in difficult circumstances with an emphatic finish into the top corner.
O'Donovan insisted: "The boys were never going to get tired. We came in eight days over the Christmas, this week we were in four times. We've trained at 6, 7 o'clock in the morning, we've often done two hours after school. 198 days we've been together."
Never more so than yesterday as last year's beaten B football finalists made amends in the small ball code.
Scorers - Abbey CBS: R Doody 0-10 (7f), S Power & D Egan 1-1 each, J Ryan, K Franks & S Neville 0-2 each, K Breen 0-1. St Louis Grammar School: R Graham 2-0, J McNaughton 0-6 (5f), S Elliot 0-3, C Doherty-Cunning 0-2, E O'Neill & K Molloy 0-1 each.
ABBEY CBS: A Griffin; C Ryan, D Byron, C Bradshaw; S O'Brien, J Ryan, C Donovan; K Breen, T Lowry; S Neville, S Power, R Doody; K Franks, D Egan, N Heffernan. Subs: C Hennessey for Donovan (49), C Maher for Egan (55), M McCormack for C Maher (70), Egan for Franks (77).
ST LOUIS GRAMMAR SCHOOL: R Elliot; P Graffin, D Martin, C Rice; C Kinsella, C McMullan, R McGarry; S Duffin, E O'Neill; K Molloy, C Doherty-Gunning, R Graham; C Elliot, J McNaughton, S Elliot. Subs: S McKinley for Graffin (49), N Shannon for McGarry (69), E Fyfe for O'Neill (77).
Referee: C McAllister (Cork).