Golden-Kilfeacle have one last throw of the dice left to preserve their senior status after their four points defeat, 1-19 to 2-12, by Boherlahan-Dualla in the second replay of the Clear Ireland Recycling county senior hurling relegation semi-final at Holycross on Friday evening.
Golden-Kilfeacle will now joust with neighbours Cashel in the relegation final this coming week-end with the losers facing the dreaded drop back to intermediate hurling for next year.
In an incident packed encounter, which saw both teams lose two players each following a free-for-all at the start of the second half, Golden-Kilfeacle just got edged out in an exciting climax as Boherlahan-Dualla held on much to the delight of their supporters.
Golden got off to a flying start with a James Casey goal in the 3rd minute and they were ahead 1-5 to 0-2 after ten minutes, two points from play by Brendan Moloney, a great solo effort from Daithi Bargary, and Josh Keane’s free-taking, pushing them clear of Daragh Hickey’s brace from frees for Boherlahan.
Boherlahan began to settle and Conor Gleeson, the former county man, who manages the team, and who was playing in his first senior championship game of the year, blasted home a great goal after Aidan Maher created the opening in the 18th minute to narrow the gap to a point.
They went on to lead 1-9 to 1-8 at the interval.
Inside a minute of resuming Josh Keane balanced the books for Golden from a free and then followed a melee which saw four players dismissed.
Boherlahan had the better of the second half despite a Golden goal from full back Aidan O’Connell and held on to secure senior status.
Conor Gleeson was an inspiring figure for the winners, scoring 1-3 from play and providing the leadership they so badly lacked all year.