Kilkenny SHC: Bennettsbridge hold on as Ballycallan rally falls short

Bennettsbridge 0-20, Graigue-Ballycallan 1-15

Trevor Spillane

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Liam Blanchfield and his Bennettsbridge team mates had a real battle with Graigue-Ballycallan

Bennettsbridge booked their place in the Kilkenny senior hurling quarterfinals but only after Graigue-Ballycallan pushed them all the way. 

Finalists in 2018, the Bridge were thankful for the cool head of free taker Nickey Cleere, who kept his side out of reach of a Conor Murphy-inspired Ballycallan. 
Five points up at half-time (0-11 to 0-6) Bennettsbridge were given a boost when Graigue were reduced to 14 men within a minute of the restart. However, they couldn’t make the extra man count and conceded a number of needless frees. Murphy converted most, reducing the gap considerably. 
When Murphy grabbed a late goal the deficit was down to two points, but the hard work of David Blanchfield, Jamie Harkin and Sean Morrissey ensured the Bridge held on. 

0-20, Graigue-Ballycallan 1-15

Bennettsbridge booked their place in the Kilkenny senior hurling quarterfinals but only after Graigue-Ballycallan pushed them all the way. 
Finalists in 2018, the Bridge were thankful for the cool head of free taker Nickey Cleere, who kept his side out of reach of a Conor Murphy-inspired Ballycallan. 
Five points up at half-time (0-11 to 0-6) Bennettsbridge were given a boost when Graigue were reduced to 14 men within a minute of the restart. However, they couldn’t make the extra man count and conceded a number of needless frees. Murphy converted most, reducing the gap considerably. 
When Murphy grabbed a late goal the deficit was down to two points, but the hard work of David Blanchfield, Jamie Harkin and Sean Morrissey ensured the Bridge held on.