A point from midfielder, Kieran Grehan, as the clock ticked towards the 63rd minute, earned Fenians (Johnstown) a dramatic 0-18 to 1-14 win in the Kilkenny senior hurling relegation final in Palmerstown today.
Defeated Graigue-Ballycallan were gutted after losing following a powerful second half effort which looked like pushing the final to a replay. The result means Fenians stay senior next year while Graigue drop back to the intermediate grade.
The winners opened backed by the fresh breeze, and with seven scores from free taker Kevin Power, they led by 0-12 to 1-5 at the break. In fairness, the Fenians deserved to be in front because their hurling was that bit better than the opposition, who had just two scorers during that half, Niall Millea (1-3) and Eddie Brennan.
Graigue, driven on by Eddie Brennan, James Ryall and Gerard Teehan and with Millea popping over all the frees drew level at 0-13 to 1-10 in the 41st minute. By the 46th minute they were 1-13 to 0-14 ahead and Fenians looked to be struggling.
However, the winners dragged themselves back level and with virtually everyone calling for the last whistle, Grehan won possession and hit the winner, which prompted a wild cheer of celebration that shook the grounds.
Scorers: Fenians - K. Power (0-11); C. Tobin (0-2); P. Brennan, C. Ryan, J. Broderick, P.J. Delaney, K. Grehan (0-1 each). Graigue-Ballycallan - N. Millea (1-8); E. Brennan (0-2); D. Walton, J. Purcell, C. Hoyne, V. Teehan (0-1 each).