Shamrocks talisman TJ Reid attempts to fend off the challenge of O'Loughlin Gaels pair Owen Wall and Paddy Deegan during Sunday's Kilkenny SHC Final. Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Shamrocks made it four Kilkenny senior hurling titles on the trot after they defeated O'Loughlin Gaels by four points in a thrilling championship decider at UPMC Nowlan Park this afternoon.
For long spells James O'Connor's team appeared to be in trouble but they showed their class with 1-6 on the trot inside the final quarter settling the result.
O'Loughlins were brilliant for over three quarters of the contest and they led 1-11 to 0-11 at the half-time break on the back of a goal from Owen Wall.
The Kilkenny city side continued to lead on the scoreboard until Shamrocks struck for two quickfire goals in the 40th and 41st minutes from Joe Cuddihy and Adrian Mullen.
Paddy Deegan was excellent throughout the hour for O'Loughlins and he helped Andy Comeford's side retake the lead when he goaled just minutes after the Shamrocks double salvo.
O'Loughlins still led 2-14 to 2-13 by the second half water break but it was at this stage that Shamrocks really went into overdrive and after man of the match Ronan Corcoran equalised and TJ Reid pointed the All-Ireland champions in front there was no looking back.
Further scores from Eoin Reid, Brian Cody as well as Corcoran and TJ Reid powered Shamrocks clear until Brian Butler got forward for their third goal in the 52nd minute.
O'Loughlin's rallied late on with Deegan getting his second and his side's third goal in stoppage time but it all arrived too late and with sub Danny Loughnane receiving a straight red card in the dying stages, Shamrocks came through to claim success on a 3-19 to 3-15 scoreline.
Teams and Scorers
Shamrocks- TJ Reid (0-9, 0-6f, 0-1 65), Adrian Mullen, Joe Cuddihy (1-1 each), Brian Butler (1-0), Ronan Corcoran (0-3), Brian Cody (0-2), Eoin Reid, Darragh Corcoran, Richie Reid (0-1 each)
O’Loughlin Gaels- Paddy Deegan (2-3), Mark Bergin (0-6, 0-3f, 0-1 65), Owen Wall (1-2), Mikey Butler (1-0), Conor Heary (0-2), Jordan Molloy, Eoin O’Shea (0-1 each)
Shamrocks- Dean Mason; Kevin Mullen, Joey Holden, Brian Butler; Evan Shefflin, Richie Reid, Darragh Corcoran; Ronan Corcoran, Brian Cody; Adrian Mullen, TJ Reid, Joe Cuddihy; Eoin Reid, Colin Fennelly, Eoin Cody.
Subs: Conor Phelan for Butler 57 mins, Eoin Kenneally for R.Reid 60 mins, Gavin Butler for TJ Reid 62 mins.
O’Loughlin Gaels- Stephen Murphy; David Fogarty, Tony Forristal, Mikey Butler; Jordan Molloy, Huw Lawlor, Conor Heary; Jack Nolan, Cian Loy; Mark Bergin, Paddy Butler, Eoin O’Shea; Owen Wall, Paddy Deegan, Robbie Buckley.
Subs: Danny Loughnane for Loy 49 mins, Sean Bolger for Buckley 55 mins, Conor Kelly for Nolan 55 mins.
Referee- Owen Beehan
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