A 50th minute goal from Robert Kerwick, which was created by a powerful run from out the field by the experienced Paddy Kennedy, put junior champions, John Lockes (Callan) on the road to victory over wasteful Mooncoin in the Kilkenny intermediate hurling league in Mullinavat today.
Only minutes earlier the losers had drawn level when chief scorer, Michael Grace, pointed a testing free from the left sideline shooting into the Waterford end. When Mooncoin took the lead for the one and only time on 48 minutes through James Delahunty (0-12 to 1-8), they looked set to drive on to victory.
However, the 'Lockes responded in great style, with Owen McGrath, Bill McDowell and Jason Corcoran pushing the cause with great force. After Matty Holihan dragged them back level, Kerwick got through for the decisive goal to edge his side 2-9 to 0-12 ahead.
The winners really took the game to the opposition from there on, with James Power and wing backs, Jack McDowell and Owen McGrath featuring among the scorers as they opened out a seven point lead.
Mooncoin had a 'lost time' goal from sub, Ethan Ryan, which took the bad look off things, for they never really looked like saving the match after Kerwick's goal.
Mooncoin paid a price for some dreadful shooting during the first half. They just couldn't find the target during the opening 20 minutes when they had seven misses alone, and they trailed by 1-6 to no score.
They recovered well after that, and at half-time they were back in the match when 0-6 to 1-7 behind. When Mooncoin drew level and passed the opposition things were looking rosy, but determined John Lockes regrouped to score a very good win.
SCORERS: John Lockes - James Power (1-3); Robert Kerwick (1-1); Jason Corcoran (0-3); Owen McGrath, Matty Holihan (0-2 each); Jack McDowell, Patrick Power, Ryan Bergin (0-1 each). Mooncoin - Michael Grace (0-7); Ethan Ryan (1-0); Patrick Walsh, Ray Wall (0-2 each); Stephen Crowley, James Delahunty (0-1 each).
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