Mark Bergin hit 0-11 as O'Loughlin Gaels beat Ballyhale Shamrocks to lift the senior county hurling crown.
O’Loughlin Gaels 0-19
Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-12
A storming second half performance helped O’Loughlin Gaels become the kings of the Kilkenny senior hurling scene for a fourth time.
The city side had it all to do as they trailed Ballyhale Shamrocks at half-time, but they dug deep to turn the title favourites over and bring the Walsh Cup home.
The Shamrocks, helped by T.J. Reid’s scintillating sixth minute goal, went in 1-7 to 0-8 in front at half-time, However O’Loughlin’s, helped by the sure-shooting of Mark Bergin, were back on level terms within minutes of the restart.
The game went through something of a stalemate for a spell, but O’Loughlin’s outscored their rivals by seven points to two in the final quarter, Bergin (two frees) and Danny Loughnane contributing a brace apiece as they closed out a famous win.
SCORERS: O’Loughlin Gaels - Mark Bergin (0-11, 0-10 frees, 0-1 65); Danny Loughnane, Martin Comerford (0-2 each); Paddy Butler, Paddy Deegan, Sammy Johnston, Sean Bolger (0-1 each). Ballyhale Shamrocks - T.J. Reid (1-5, 0-3 frees); Bob Aylward, Mark Aylward, Henry Shefflin, Colin Fennelly, Eoin Reid, Patrick Reid, Patrick Mullen (0-1 each).