Michael Murphy was in brilliant form for Erin's Own
Lively sub Declan Dunne slammed home a 59th minute goal that earned Erin's Own (Castlecomer) a dramatic victory over Carrickshock in this replayed first round Kilkenny senior hurling championship game in Clara this afternoon.
Around 90 seconds earlier former county star, John Power, pointed Carrickshock in front and the ticket into the quarter-final against James Stephens looked to be theirs.
However, with the game heading towards injury time, full-forward Anthony Owens broke a high ball on the edge of the square, and got it to Dunne, who lashed the sliotar home from around eight metres to the right of the Gowran end net.
While young Dunne was the late, late hero for Erin's Own, their star man was centre-forward, Michael Murphy, who turned in a terrific second half to drag his team back into the match when assisted by the wind.
Carrickshock played some excellent hurling during the opening half, and by making full use of the elements they careered into an interval lead of 0-10 to 0-3. They would have been a bit better off were it not for the fact Erin's Own claimed two late points through Conor Fogarty.
From the start of the second half Michael Murphy began to put his name all over the game. He fired over three great points, in terms of angle and distance - on his way to seven during the half - by the 40th minute to reduce the deficit to 0-8 to 0-11.
As strong and all as the Erin's Own chase was, they didn't catch up until the 57th minute when Martin Boran placed Declan Dunne for the equaliser (0-13 each).
John Power then won the lead for battling Carrickshock, but in a dramatic finish Declan Dunne got the goal that dumped the opposition into the relegation zone and a battle for survival against Danesfort.
SCORERS: Erin's Own - Michael Murphy (0-9); Declan Dunnee (1-1); Conor Fogarty (0-2); Stephen Daly (0-1). Carrickshock - Kevin Farrell (0-7); Eanna Martin (0-3); John Power, Michael Rice (0-2 each).
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