For much of the way, it looked like the Kilkenny Citroen minor football Roinn A championship title was heading South. Then Robbie Corcoran’s goal brought James Stephens back level for the first time.
It was the 39th minute and the score was 1-6 each. Like they did in the hurling final when beating Dicksboro, The Village dug out a hard- earned victory to claim their 16th title (third as The Village), and first time since 1992 to complete a terrific double.
Cormac Connolly got James Stephens off to the perfect start in Ballyhale, pointing after 53 seconds. Opponents Piltown struck back with a goal followed by a Brophy point.
Captain Paul Lynch and Connolly grabbed a point each for The Village, but until half time, the sides swapped points which left Piltown two clear, 1-4 to 0-5, at the rest.
Corcoran’s goal brought the sides level and James Stephens powered on and shot four unanswered points to take the spoils. During the last quarter, both defences were on top. Piltown went in search of scores but they ran out of time and unlike their under-16 football triumph, there was to be no injury-time reprieve.
The final score was 1-10 to 1-7.
In the minor Roinn C football final, Emeralds beat Tullaroan well by 1-10 to 0-3. This was a massive upset. Tullaroan had already annexed hurling titles at Roinn B under-16 and minor Roinn C.
However, Emeralds proved a bridge too far for Tullaroan in what was an exciting season for them. For the Emeralds club, the victory was just reward for their dedicated efforts at under-age level.