Kilkenny CBS battled through the wind and rain, and against fiercely committed opponents, Midleton CBS (Cork), to score a terrific win in the Masita GAA All-Ireland post primary schools junior hurling ‘A’ final.
This was the first All-Ireland final at this level in around 20 years, and despite the atrocious weather, both sides produced some class hurling. The CBS were slow to settle, but with the help of a 23rd minute goal from corner-forward, Bill Sheehan (1-6 to 0-2) they got a good grip on the match.
At half-time they led by 1-7 to 0-2.
Midleton thundered into the game after the break, and with midfielder and match star, Brendan McCarthy, driving them on relentlessly they pulled the deficit back to 0-6 to 1-7 by the 38th minute. The CBS were under massive pressure, but their entire defence stood firm and conceded just one more score to claim the Niall McInerney Cup.
There was concern in the CBS camp at the finish because star attacker, Andrew Gaffney, picked up an injury. He was taken off nearing the end of the third quarter with a leg muscle injury, but team officials suggested afterwards that he should be fit for the senior decider next weekend.
Scorers: Kilkenny CBS - Bill Sheehan (1-1); Chris Kavanagh (0-2, one free); Andrew Gaffney (0-2, one free); John Quinn, Sean Bolger (0-1 each). Midleton CBS - Garan Manley (0-5, four frees); Brendan McCarthy (0-1, free); Josh Beausang (0-1).