A double goal blast from alert corner-forward, Robert Shore fired St Martin’s (Muckalee) to victory and halted James Stephens unbeaten run in the resumed Kilkenny senior hurling league at Canon Kearns Park yesterday evening.
Shore struck for goals in the 40th and 49th minutes to earn Martin’s their biggest lead of the game (3-15 to 0-17), but they needed their wits about them afterwards to hold out for a win. The Village shaded the subsequent scoring exchanges 0-4 to 0-1 but they were still beaten by 3-16 to 0-21.
Had ’Stephens won they would have been the first team through to the League final. Early on they looked like driving on when they opened a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after only five minutes. Martin’s good evening was kicked started by a seventh minute goal from Eoin McGrath.
Four times subsequently the scores were level before the teams reached half-time together again, this time at 0-12 (JS) to 1-9. Shore’s seconds half goal proved the difference in the end.
Scorers: St Martin’s - R. Shore (2-1); John Maher (0-7); E. McGrath (1-0); T. Breen, B. Mulhall (0-3 each); C. Maher, Joe Maher (0-1 each). James Stephens - E. Larkin (0-12); D. Walton (0-4); A. Lawlor (0-2); T. Keogh, C.McQuillan, M. Ruth (0-1 each).
Referee - D. O’Sullivan (John Lockes).