Midfielder Paul Holden was the star man for Young Irelands (Gowran) when they were beaten last weekend, and he was the inspiring force again when they scored a good win over St Martin's (Muckalee) in the Kilkenny intermediate hurling league in Clara this afternoon.
Holden helped himself to 12 points as 'Irelands literally ran away from the opposition during the closing 10 minutes or so to claim their second victory which saw them join Lisdowney and John Lockes (Callan) at the head of affairs in Group B.
The winners hit the rest 0-7 to 0-5 in front after Holden contributed the opening five scores. St Martin's caught up thanks to a brace of scores from the lively Donal Shore within four minutes of the restart.
The scores were level twice subsequently, but after Holden was placed by Geoff Brennan for the lead point in the 44th minute (0-11 to 0-10) the winners roared on and never looked back.
St Martin's began to lose touch when they conceded three scores during the next six minutes. However, they fell away completely nearing the finish when 'Irelands piled up the points through Sean Carey, Holden, Paul Delahunty and sub Dylan Carey.
SCORERS: Young Irelands - Paul Holden (0-12); J.P. Treacy, Chris Nolan, Sean Kehoe, Paul Delahunty, Sean Carey, Sean Farrell, Dylan Carey (0-1 each). St Martin's - Eoin McGrath (0-5); Donal Shore (0-4); Colin McGrath, Bryan Byrne, Thomas Breen (0-1 each).
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