James Stephens were made work hard, but they got there in the end and qualified for the under-21 North Roinn A hurling championship semi-finals when beating battling Erin's Own (Castlecomer) in Jenkinstown today.
The losers had first use of the down field wind, but they found it hard to gain an advantage against good hurling opponents.
However, a well taken 25th minute goal from the impressive Jamie Holohan, who scored 1-3 from play during the half, carried them into an interval lead of 1-7 to 1-5.
With the strength of the wind rising it was expected The Village would take over. They didn't, not against a subborn Erin's Own defence brilliantly led by Conor Delaney at centre-back.
The winners drew level at 1-9 each in the 42nd minute when Willie Spencer threw over a point, and they jumped five clear on 49 minutes after Johnny McEvoy put two together, 1-14 to 1-9.
Back came Erin's Own for a brace of pointed frees from Rian Holden to open up the contest again, and when Holden pointed again in the 47th minute the divide was down to one big score.
There were no late scares for James Stephens, but they had to be careful before entering the winners enclosure.
SCORERS: James Stephens - Tadhg Dwyer (0-8); Johnny McEvoy (1-2); Niall Brassil (0-3); Luke Scanlon (0-2); Willie Spencer (0-1). Erin's Own - Rian Holden (0-7); Jamie Holohan (1-3); Shane Feehan (0-2); Sean Buggy (0-1).
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