John Lockes (Callan) bid to claim their second Leinster club junior hurling championship success ended in failure in Wexford Park today when they were beaten by St Mogue's (Fethard) in the final.
The Slaneysiders were all over the visitors in the first half. Playing a fast, open brand of hurling, St Mogue's also out-fought and out-ran the opposition and they were worthy leaders by 1-10 to 0-5 at half-time.
John Lockes were level at 0-3 each after 11 minutes, but afterwards they surrendered ground constantly as the likes of zippy corner-forward, Mikey Dwyer, Mark Wallace and Garrett Foley played some powerful hurling for the winners.
The 'Lockes were more on the pace of things after the turn, and with late arriving Shane Bergin making a difference in attack, and another sub John O'Neill also lifting things, they slowly began to reel in the opposition.
Between the 42nd and 47th minutes John Lockes out-scored the opposition by 1-2 to 0-1 thanks to scores from James Power and Dan McCormack (points) and a goal from Shane Bergin to get right back into contention, 1-13 to 1-9.
There was an exchange of scores after that before the losers were reduced to 14 men in the 54th minute when a defender was shown a second yellow and then a red card. From the free the deadly Mark Wallace upped the divide to 1-15 to 1-10 before Mikey Dwyer extended it with another point.
The contest was decided then. Into lost time at the finish John Lockes scored a second goal through Ryan Bergin (free), but the chance to add to their 2010 success was gone.
The last remaining Kilkenny team in the club championship now is St Patrick's (Ballyragget) in the intermediate grade.
SCORERS: St Mogue's - Mark Walalace (0-9); Graham O'Grady (1-1); Mikey Dwyer (0-3); Garrett Foley (0-2); Daire Barden, Eddie Power (0-1 each). John Lockes - James Power (0-6); Ryan Bergin (1-1); Shane Bergin (1-0); Dan McCormack (0-2); Robert Kerwick, Owen McGrath (0-1 each).
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