O’Loughlin’s drive into North final

By John Knox

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By John Knox

A good hurling O’Loughlin Gaels powered into the Northern under-21 hurling Roinn A championship final when they scored an impressive win over St Patrick’s (Ballyragget) in Freshford this afternoon.

A good hurling O’Loughlin Gaels powered into the Northern under-21 hurling Roinn A championship final when they scored an impressive win over St Patrick’s (Ballyragget) in Freshford this afternoon.

The city side won by 3-13 to 0-10. They led all the way home after full-back, Patrick Bulter opened their account with a goal from a free on midfield in the third minute. The winners led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break.

St Patrick’s failed to get any reward from a penalty in the opening minute of the new half, and when O’Loughlin’s broke down the field and bagged a goal through Daniel Lenahan the city side took control. They opened out a lead of 2-8 to 0-7 before Pat’s hit back for a hat trick of points.

However, there was nothing more, in a scoring sense, for the losers who were finally buried when Lenahan converted a penalty in the 52nd minute (3-12 to 0-10). The winners play Erin’s Own (Castlecomer), who beat James Stephens by 4-8 to 1-10 in the second semi, in the decider.

Scorers: O’Loughlin Gaels - Daniel Lenehan (2-1, goal penalty); Jack Nolan (0-6, frees); Patrick Butler (1-1, frees); Vincent Wallace (0-2); Paddy Deegan, Billy Leydon, John Doyle (0-1 each). St Patrick’s - Kevin Kelly (0-8, five frees, two 65s’); Eoin Bergin (0-2).