Muckalee had to come from behind to beat James Stephens (2-10 to 1-9) in the Kilkenny senior football final in Freshford this afternoon.
The winners looked the better team during the first half at the end of which they led by 1-5 to 0-5 after playing against the wind.H owever they lost their way for long periods of the second half and James Stephens got in front after Eon McCormack goaled (1-9 to 1-8)
Muckalee recovered, and late scores from McGrath (1-1) and a point from Eoin McGrath carried them over the line. The champions play in the Leinster intermediate championship later in the season.
Scorers: Muckale - C. McGrath (1-6, goal penalty, point free), R. Shore (1-2); J. Mulhall, E. McGrath (0-1 each). James Stephens - E. McCormack (1-1); Jackie Tyrrell, D. McCormack (0-3 each); M. Hoban, N. Tyrrell( 0-1 each).