Walsh hero for Kieran's
Published 22/03/2010 | 05:00
Padraig Walsh's two late points in extra-time decided an enthralling clash and took St Kieran's into the final.
The sides finished level (0-12 apiece) at the end of normal time at Moate on Saturday.
With less than four minutes of extra-time remaining, Walsh (a brother of Hurler of the Year Tommy) scored a majestic point to give his side a crucial lead.
The wing-forward added another moments later, before Paul Buggy sealed the result.
Athenry led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. St Kieran's upped the ante on the restart and wing-back Aidan O'Dowd put them ahead for the first time on 53 minutes.
Athenry refused to buckle and James Divilly took it to extra-time.
SCORERS -- St Kieran's: P Walsh,J Power (0-2f) 0-5each, W Phelan (65), C Buckley, M Brennan, A O'Dowd, R Reid, P Buggy 0-1 each. Athenry: J Divilly 0-7 (0-6f), B Lane, T Flynn (0-2 s-l) 0-2 each, D Cooney, J Carr 0-1 each.
ST KIERAN'S -- M Donnelly; C O'Neill, R Lennon, S Phelan; A O'Dowd, W Phelan, D Brennan; J Gannon, C Buckley; J Power, C O'Shea, P Walsh; P Buggy, M Brennan, T O'Hanrahan. Subs: R Reid for Buggy; P Holden for O'Shea; P Buggy for O'Hanrahan.
PRESENTATION COLLEGE, ATHENRY: K Kavanagh; G Cormican, P Concannon, C McDonagh; E Donnellan, C Greaney, G Forde; T Flynn, M Hannon; C Caulfield, B Lane, C Bannon; J Divilly, J Carr, D Cooney. Subs: R Hynes for Bannon; C Keane for Cooney; S Hynes for Keane; D Cooney for Caulfield.
REF -- B Kelly (Westmeath).