Their biggest score getter all season, Paul Holden, rifled Young Irelands (Gowran) to safety in this fiercely fought intermediate hurling championship relegation final in wet Ballyhale.
Holden buried a nerve testing penalty in the 48th minute to punish a foul on Sean Kehoe and edge his side 2-11 to 2-8 clear. Holden's nerve was really tested when the taking of the penalty was delayed while a defender received attention to an injury, but the ice-cool free taker drilled a powerful shot high into the net.
When Mooncoin conceded a point to sub, Dick Carroll almost immediately, all of a sudden the game began to ebb away from them after a mighty effort to avoid the drop back to the junior grade next season.
The losers pulled back points through John Fitzgerald and Patrick Walsh. However, 'Irelands finished well and a point from the strong hurling J.P. Treacy was followed by a goal from Sean Kehoe after a daring, defence shredding run by Sean Carey, to secure their status as an intermediate club.
The opening half was a hard fought affair. At the rest the teams were divided by a third minute goal from Sean Carey, with wind back Young Irelands showing 1-5 to 0-5 in front.
SCORERS: Young Irelands - Paul Holden (1-6); Sean Kehoe (1-1); J.P. Treacy (0-3); Sean Carey (1-0); Chris Nolan (0-2); Ted Drea, Dick Carroll (0-1 each). Mooncoin - Paul Hennebry (1-2); Patrick Walsh (0-4); Kevin Crowleyh (1-1); John Fitzgerald (0-2); Martin O'Neill, Ray Wall (0-1 each).
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