In the Europlan sponsored South Junior Hurling B Final played in ideal conditions in Fethard on Sunday last, Cahir won the title for the second time and the first since 1995, beating Killenaule 1-9 to 0-9.
They lost last year’s final to Carrick Davins they now go forward to the County series where they meet the West Champions in the Semi Final
Cahir were first on the score board when captain Tom O’Gorman got a point from play within a minute, and they were two up when Liam Howard added another from play in the third minute. Killenaule sparkled into life in the 4th minute with a point from play from Rory Loughman and in the next 12 minutes Killenaule added three points without reply from a free by Tony Shelley, Kenny Lawrence and Paul O’Dwyer leaving the score Killenaule 0-4 Cahir 0-2, Cahir midfield players came thundering back into the game with great passage of play with a point from Kieran Davis and a point from a long range free by Eoin Donaghy with the same player lashing onto a scramble ball in around the square and scoring a goal going from 2 down to 3 up.
Tony Shelley pointed a free from 40m to reduce the lead and on the stroke of half time Rory Loughman ran through the middle with a goal at his mercy and struck a powerful shot only to see David Purtill get to it and deflect over the bar leaving the minimum between the sides at the break, Cahir 1-4 Killenaule 0-6,
Tony Shelley equaliser earlier in the second half. In the 35th minute Eoin Donaghy put Cahir in front with a point from a free 40m out, Killenaule introduced John Cleary for Dessie Taylor with little effect as Cahir dominated the exchanges, adding on three points without reply from Liam O ‘Gorman, an Eoin Donaghy free and Tom O’Gorman to leave the score Cahir 1-8 Killenaule 0-7.
Killenaule then introduced James Feehan for Alan Dorney and in the 42nd minute were awarded a free 50m out that Tony Shelley pointed. With a very strong wind favouring Cahir in the second half most of the play was at the town end in the Killenaule defence with Stephen Hannnigan winning a lot of possession from the lively Cahir forwards of Eoin Donaghy, Kieran Davis.
Killenaule introduced Conor Prendergast for Niall Berry with Cahir also bringing on Robbie Costigan for Kieran O’Donnell. Tony Shelley pointed a Killenaule free and Eoin Donaghy replied with an excellent point from play. Killenaule got two frees in the dying moments and went for goals with the Cahir defence very solid and on each occasion the ball was cleared down the field and Cahir held on for a very deserving victory.
Best for Cahir were David Purtill, Padraig Hyland, Paddy O’Flaherty, Tom O’Gorman, Kieran Davis, Liam O’Gorman, Liam Howard and Eoin Donaghy while for a battling Killenaule, Stephen Hannigan shone out in the back line with Pat O’Connor in front of him while veteran Tony Shelley did most of the scoring from the middle of the field while Paul O’Dwyer and Rory Loughman were the pick of the forwards on the day
Scorers, Cahir, Eoin Donaghy 1-4(3f), Tom O’Gorman 0-2, Liam Howard 0-1, Kieran Davis 0-1, Liam O’Gorman 0-1.
Killenaule - Tony Shelley 0-5 (5f), Rory Loughman 0-2, Kenny Lawrence 0-1, Paul O’Dwyer 0-1
Cahir - David Purtill, Oisin Moloney, Padraig Hyland, Willie Reidy, Michal Tobin, Paddy O’Flaherty, Daniel Moloney, Tom O’Gorman, Gavin Berry, Kieran Davis, James Hyland, Liam Howard, Kieran O’Donnell, Eoin Donaghy, Liam O’Gorman. Sub Robbie Costigan
Killenaule - Aiden Walsh, Alan Dorney, Stephen Hannigan, Aiden Leahy, Jonathan Berry, Pat O’Connor, Kenneth Cleary, Adam O’Connell, Michael Fitzgerald, Niall Berry, Tony Shelley, Dessie Taylor, Kenny Lawrence, Paul O’Dwyer, Rory Loughman. Subs John Cleary, James Feehan, Conor Prendergast
Referee - Michael O’Donnell (Clerihan)