Deadly finisher Alan Murphy, the Kilkenny minor star, was the saviour for Glenmore and the one who crucified the Rower-Inistigoe in this closely contested intermediate hurling league game in Tullogher.
The fine striking attcker baggged a magnificent 1-12, including the winning point in the last minute for a 100% strike rate, as Glenmore scored a victory that blew Group A wide open going into the last round of matches.
The scores were close virtually all the way through, and both sides had their moments in front after Colm Doherty and Sean Grace swopped early points. The winners claimed minors through Mark Aylward and Murphy to edge 0-3 to 0-1 clear by the seventh minute, but a Rower goal was on the way.
Dived for score
It was grabbed by Paul Sheehan, who dived forward to touch home a hand-pass across goal from David Lyng. That score wasn’t enough to give the Rower the edge during the half, at the end of which they trailed by 1-7 to 0-11, mainly because of Murphy.
The winners burst into action after the rest. Before they knew what hit them the losers had conceded points to Murphy, Ciaran Foran and Murphy again. After the Rower hit back for a couple from Paul Sheehan, Murphy snatched a goal after good approach work by Liam Hennessy (1-14 to 1-9).
Turning into the last quarter the Rower pulled back a goal. David Lyng was fouled close to the goal, and Conor Joyce lashed home the frees.
Again that man Murphy hit back for Glenmore, shooting a minor to keep things ticking over. The Rower bounced back again, helped by a pair of nice points from Tom Murphy and Conor Joyce.
Alan Murphy interrupted the flow before the Rower hit back for a point from a free by Paul Sheehan before Michael Grace went close to snatching a goal. After a good run Grace’s shot was blocked, and sub Padraig Tierney was unlucky with his first effort for a big score before putting the ball over the bar.
With time running out, the scores were level. However, right on the button Alan Murphy slapped over a 60th minute free to earn Glenmore a good win.
Along with Murphy, stars for the winners were goalie Davy Aylward, Colm Foran, John Cody, Ger Aylward and Mark Aylward. The Rower lost no face in defeat, and they had top class performes in Liam Tierney, Tommy Grace, Sean Grace, Joe Lyng in the first half, Michael Grace and Paul Sheehan.
Scorers: Glenmore - Alan Murphy (1-12); Ger Aylward, Mark Aylward, Colm Doherty, Eoin Murphy, Ciaran Foran (0-1 each). Rower-Inistioge - Paul Sheehan (1-5); Conor Joyce (1-1); Michael Grace (0-3); Sean Grace (0-2); Tom Murphy, Padraig Tierney (0-1 each).
Glenmore - Davy Aylward, Fergal Freyne, Colm Foran, Mark Phelan, Adrian Doherty, John Cody, Shane Doherty, Ciaran Foran, Colm Doherty, Ger Aylward, Eoin Murphy, Liam Hennessy, Alan Murphy, Mark Aylward, Michael Phelan.
Rower-Inistioge - Liam Tierney, Eoin Doyle, Ruairi Galavan, Tommy Grace, Kieran Joyce, Sean Cummins, James Doyle, Sean Grace, Joe Lyng, Conor Joyce, David Lyng, Michael Grace, James Cassin, Tom Murphy, Paul Sheehan. Sub - Padraig Tierney, Ciaran Ryan.
Referee - John Bennett.