Martin Comerford (left) scored a vital goal for O'Loughlin Gaels.
O’Loughlin Gaels 2-13
A brace of first half goals did most of the damage as O’Loughlin Gaels fought their way into the county senior hurling final.
The city side raised green flags through Martin Comerford and Alan Geoghegan to take a decisive grip they would not relinquish, despite the best efforts of the Rower-Inistioge.
The Rower had the best of the early exchanges and were 0-6 to 0-4 in front when disaster struck. Trying to work the ball out from the back a 22nd minute defensive pass was intercepted by Martin Comerford, who drilled the sliotar to the net. Worse was to follow as, within three minutes, Alan Geoghegan raced in to block Patrick Lyng’s clearance, sending the sliotar bouncing back into the net.
Three points clear at half-time (2-5 to 0-8) O’Loughlin’s maintained that lead until the end. Darragh Joyce ended his day with 0-10, but for all their efforts the Rower couldn’t reel in the Gaels, who finished with 14 men after midfielder Paddy Butler received a second yellow card late on.
SCORERS:O’Loughlin Gaels – Martin Comerford (1-3); Mark Bergin (0-5, 0-3 three frees); Alan Geoghegan (1-0); Mark Kelly (0-3); Paddy Butler, Sean Bolger (0-1 each). Rower-Inistioge – Darragh Joyce (0-10, 0-7 frees, 0-1 65); Pat Lyng (0-3); Michael Grace, Conor Joyce, Kevin Murphy (0-1 each).