Glenmore captain Ger Aylward celebrates at the end of their Kilkenny IHC final victory over St Lachtain's
Glenmore are back at the top table of hurling in Kilkenny after they sauntered their way to victory over St Lachtain's in the Michael Lyng Motors Hyundai Kilkenny IHC final in UPMC Nowlan Park.
Glenmore are now back at senior level for the first time since 2005 and the victory was based on a superb second half performance where they outscored Freshford 2-10 to 0-2.
Things had looked so bright for Lachtain's when two first half goals from Cian Dawson and Shane Donnelly gad them ahead.
Those goals came after Glenmorre captain Ger Aylward goaled in the opening minute but helped by the steady influence of James Maher, Lachtain's led 2-7 to 1-7 at the break.
Lachtain's were steamrolled in the second period though as Glenmore took complete control and when Aylward, Alan Murphy and Liam Hennessey contributed to a period of four points on the bounce they went ahead 1-11 to 2-7.
Liam Hickey equalised for Lachtain's with an effort from play but that was as good as it got for the Freshford side in the second half as Glenmore responded with 2-8 on the spin.
When ahead by three points, Alan Murphy struck Glenmore's second goal via a penalty where Ger Aylward was fouled and from that point on it was all plain sailing for the winners.
Mark Aylward then added a third goal inside the final ten minutes and from that point on, Glenmore emptied the bench as they celebrated a fully merited Intermediate championship success.
Teams and Scorers
Glenmore- Alan Murphy (1-5, 0-4f), Ger Aylward (1-4), Mark Aylward (1-1), Ian Byrne (0-4, 0-1f), Liam Hennessey (0-3), Robbie Fitzgerald, Eoin Murphy (0-1 each)
St Lachtain's- James Maher (0-4), Cian Dawson, Shane Donnelly (1-0 each), Liam Hickey (0-3, 0-2f), Alexander Rafter (0-2)
Glenmore- Tomas Dunne; Sean Duggan, Eoin Aylward, Shane Doherty; Colm Doherty, Eoin Murphy, Shane Murphy; Phillip Roche, Billy Reid; Mark Aylward, Liam Hennessey, Alan Murphy; Robbie Fitzgerald, Ger Aylward, Ian Byrne. Subs: David Burke for Reid 36 mins, Darragh Hartley for Doherty 55 mins, Ethan Phelan for Fitzgerald 58 mins, Richie Hennessy for Roche 59 mins, Cathal Beirne for M.Aylward 59 mins.
St Lachtain's- Darren Brennan; Criomhthann Bergin, Harry Burke, Paul White; Jack Cleere, Brendan Quinn, Brian Kennedy; John Fitzpatrick, Alexander Rafter; Liam Hickey, Noel McGree, James Maher; Darragh Maher, Cian Dawson, Shane Donnelly. Subs: Cathal O'Leary for McGree 17 mins, Padraig Donnelly for D.Maher 35 mins, Mark Donnelly for White 44 mins, Patrick Killeen for Dawson 55 mins.
Referee- Conor Everard (Graigue-Ballycallan)
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