The Emeralds (Urlingford) weren’t expected to win either of their last two games, but following a stirring performance and victory against favourites, Dunnamaggin they will now contest their first intermediate hurling final in two weeks time.
The Northerners scored a good 1-18 to to 2-10 win over Dunnamaggin in the intermediate championship semi-final in Nowlan Park today to book a place in the final against the Rower-Inistioge on Sunday week.
Five minutes from the end the game was in the melting pot when Dunnmaggin pegged the deficit back to the minimum, 1-14 to 2-10. However, Emeralds had one last big kick in them. A pair of lovely points from corner-forward Conor Martin stopped the losers in their track before another brace from sub Joey Kavanagh and match star, Aidan Fogarty put the issue beyond all double.
Fogarty, who scored 1-8, and former Kilkenny colleague Derek Lyng were terrific for the winners, leading from the front and inspiring virtually all the winners best and most productive moves.
The fare was very average during the first half, at the end of which Emeralds led by 0-8 to 0-4. Dunnamaggin opened the second half with an early goal from sub, Seaghan O’Neill. Three times they shared parity during the half.
After Emeralds won back the lead with a point from Brian Troy in the 42nd minute (0-11 to 1-7) they led all the way home.
Scorers: Emeralds - A. Fogarty (1-8); C. Martin (0-3); A. Guilfoyle (0-2); F. Clohessy, P. Phelan, D. Lyng, B. Troy, J. Kavanagh (0-1 each). Dunnamaggin - K. Moore (1-3); S. O’Neill (1-0); C. Hickey (0-3); N. Hickey, D. Fitzpatrick, C. Herity, K. Bergin (0-1 each).