Happy Highview Athletic players celebrate winning the Maher Shield
The champagne corks were popping in Graignamanagh as Highview Athletic tasted Maher Shield glory on Sunday.
Shane Ralph's goal was the difference as Highview beat local rivals Thomastown United 1-0 in a closely-fought final in Derdimus.
Exchanges were tight, with neither side getting a clear sight of goal until midway through the second half when Nathan Sherry hit the bar for United.
Highview also hit the woodwork, Mitchell Maher smashing a shot off the post, but they got a better return when Ralph raced in to fire home from the rebound.
Winning the title bridged a lengthy gap for Highview, who last won the Shield in the 1975/76 season.
Kilkenny & District League Soccer Results
St Canice’s Credit Union Premier Division
Deen Celtic A 1, Evergreen B 2.
Freebooters A 2, Clover United 1.
Evergreen A 5, Fort Rangers 0.
Intosport.ie Division One
Freebooters B 4, Callan United 0.
Eamonn Maher Coach Hire Division Two
Brookville 0, Newpark A 3.
Brogmaker Division Three
Freshford Town B 7, St John’s 1.
Paulstown 06 2, Tullaroan 1.
Newpark B 4, Deen Celtic B 2.
Pat Maher Shield Final
Highview Athletic 1, Thomastown United 0.
Division Two Ken & Michael Byrne Cup
River Rangers 3, Castlewarren Celtic 5.
Lions 3, Callan United 5.
Evergreen A 5, Thomastown United 2.
Callan United 6, Evergreen B 1.
Stoneyford United 0, Freebooters 3.
Under-17 SSE Airtricity League
Galway United 0, Carlow Kilkenny 3.
Bridge United 0, Evergreen A 3.
Bridge United 0, Freebooters 3.
Evergreen A 3, Bridge United 0.
Freebooters 3, Bridge United 0.
Evergreen A 0, Freebooters 8.
Bridge United 0, Stoneyford United 5.
Under-15 SSE Airtricity League
Carlow Kilkenny 0, Shelbourne 2.
Under-15 St Canice’s Credit Union League Division 1
Thomastown Athletic 1, Evergreen Athletic 1.
Freebooters Athletic 4, Deen Celtic Athletic 1.
Under-15 St Canice’s Credit Union Division 1A
Highview Athletic 1, Evergreen Boys 5.
Spa United 2, Freebooters Boys 1.
Under-14 Schoolgirls’ League
Thomastown United 5, Highview Athletic 0.
Lions 1, Bridge United 5.
Stoneyford United 3, Evergreen City 3.
Under-13 Kilkenny People League Division 1A
Freebooters Boys 2, Spa United 0.
Under-13 Kilkenny People League Division 2
Evergreen City 5, Freebooters City 1.
Paulstown 06 4, Thomastown Boys 1.
Under-12 Glanbia League Division 2
Evergreen Dynamos 0, Bridge United Boys 2.
Under-12 SFAI Subway Inter League
Midlands League I 0, Kilkenny & DL 0
Kilkenny won 4-3 on penalties
Under-11 David Doran Cup 2018
Callan Boys 2, Deen Celtic Boys 2.
Lions 5, Clover Boys 0.
Freebooters Athletic 4, Paulstown 06 0.
Fort Rangers 0, Thomastown Athletic 5.
Callan Athletic 0, Evergreen Athletic 5.
Freebooters Boys 5, Bridge Boys 0.
Stoneyford Boys 3, Clover Athletic 0.
Highview Athletic 4, Stoneyford Athletic 2.
Deen Celtic Athletic 5, East End United 0.
Evergreen Boys 3, Thomastown Boys 1.
Under-10 Schoolgirls’ League
Lions 2, Bridge United 1.
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