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18/09/2021

Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly manages Offaly to Christy Ring Cup glory

Offaly were facile winners over Derry in Croke Park

Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly manages Offaly to Christy Ring Cup glory

Offaly manager Michael Fennelly before the Christy Ring Cup Final match between Derry and Offaly at Croke Park . Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Former Kilkenny star Michael Fennelly has tasted his first championship success as manager after leading Offaly to victory over Derry in this afternoon's Christy Ring Cup Final.

The eight time All-Ireland winner led the Faithfull County to Division 2A success in June and a place in the top tier of league hurling in 2022 so this latest piece of silverware is further proof of the progress the Ballyhale Shamrocks man is making with the side.

Offaly were defeated in last year's Christy Ring Cup semi-finals after a penalty shootout against Down but they were in a different leaague to all opponents in this year's competition and the 0-41 to 2-14 success over Derry was further proof that regard.

Offaly will now replace Kildare in next year's Joe McDonagh Cup who are managed by fellow Kilkenny man David Herity.

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