Carrickshock, one of Kilkenny’s most famous clubs, scored a famous victory when toppling the champions in the Kilkenny senior hurling semi-final in Nowlan Park today.
Carrickshock beat Ballyhale Shamrocks by 4-14 to 2-14 to win a place in their second final in three years. They play league champions and double chasing, Clara in the decider in Nowlan Park in two weeks time.
In a tense, all action finish, a 62nd minute goal by sub Niall Rohan tripped up the champions after some superb hurling by the likes of Michael Rice, Richie and John Power, Michael Rohan and the Tennyson brothers, John and Pat, for the winners.
The winners burst out of the traps. They scored for fun in the early stages and opened out a 0-6 to 0-1 lead - after only eight minutes actually. Henry Shefflin led a Shamrocks recov ery, making a goal for Colin Fennelly in the 13th minute, and engineering two more scores.
Still the ’Shock led by 1-10 to 1-7 at the break, their goal coming from John Power in the 27th minute.
Shamrocks got the arrears back to two points a couple of times during the closing stages, but they could never draw level. A Carrickshock goals from Michael Rohan in the 46th minute which left them 3-13 to 1-11 clear looked to have decided it, but back came Shamrocks again.
After T.J. Reid pulled back a goal, the champions got the divide down to one big score entering the closing stages and they piled on the pressure. Niall Rohan’s late blast ended the season for Shamrocks, were went into battle without the injured Michael Fennelly.
Scorers - Carrickshock: M. Rohan, J. Power (1-3 each); R. Power (0-4, 0-2 frees), B. Donovan, N. Rohan (1-0 each); M. Rice (0-2); J. Cahill, M. O’Dwyer ( 0-1 each). Ballyhale Shamrocks: H Shefflin (0-6, 0-4 frees); C. Fennelly (1-2); T.J. Reid (1-2, 0-1 free); M. Dermody, D. Hoyne, M. Aylward, J. ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (0-1 each).