Thomastown 2-17, Fullen Gaels 2-14
THOMAS O’Hanrahan’s second half goal proved vital as his club Thomastown saw off a spirited challenge from Fullen Gaels to lift the junior club All-Ireland hurling title.
O’Hanrahan’s 38th minute shot, a looping effort which crashed into the net, propelled Thomastown on their way to the title at Croke Park on Sunday.
The strike came in the middle of a 1-5 flurry for the winners, but they had to work hard to beat the Manchester-based Gaels. Thomastown had led by two points at half-time (1-10 to 1-8), a lead they stretched three after the restart, before Alan O’Neill’s goal levelled matters by the 32nd minute.
Fullen Gaels proved hard to shake off, even after going seven points down. Led by free-taker Robbie Power they closed to within two points with time running out, but sharpshooter Michael Donnelly held his nerve to make sure Thomastown were always that bit further in front.
Thomastown - D. McGarry, S. Mahony, S. Lanigan, B. Murphy, B. Whelan, P. O’Hanrahan, R. O’Hara, D. Walsh (0-1), D. Lanigan, S. Waugh (0-2), M. Donnelly (0-8, 0-5 frees, 0-2 65), D. Burke (1-2), T. O’Hanrahan (1-2), J. Farrell (0-1), D. Waugh (0-1). Subs: A. Burke for D. Waugh, 44 mins; E. Tennyson for Murphy, 47 mins; D. Prendergast for D. Burke, 52 mins.
Fullen Gaels - T. Goulding, R. Wedel, L. Knocker, E. O’Brien, D. Neylon, J. O’Shaughnessy, C. Maskey, R. McEntee (0-1), S. Lawless (0-2), P. Duggan, R. Power (1-9, 0-8 frees), S. Wallace, J. O’Farrell, B. Moloney (0-1), A. Morrissey (0-1). Subs: A. O’Neill (1-0) for Wallace, 26 mins; A. Nash for O’Farrell, 40 mins.
Referee - G. Duffy (Antrim).