Kilworth, who had scored 11 goals in their previous three games, threw everything bar the kitchen sink at their Kilkenny opponents in the second-half of a riveting contest. But the Danesfort rearguard battened down the hatches and there was no way through.
And with Hogan scoring sublimely into the teeth of a strong wind, Danesfort went on to record a great victory.
But Danesfort had to work hard to hold Kilworth after the change of ends. But they did so with grim determination and never allowed the Cork standard bearers a shot on goal.
With the wind to their back for the first-half, Danesfort opened up a four-point lead; corner-forward Ritchie Walsh scoring two beauties and proving a major thorn in the side of the Kilworth defence.
But with Dion Cahill performing heroically at midfield, Kilworth never allowed the flood gates to open and Danesfort, showing little flair in attack, apart from the snatches of inventiveness from the wily Walsh, looked vulnerable in the extreme. Particularly so when Kilworth counter attacked with two late points from Adrian Mannix and Paudie Lynch, who converted a free, coming up to the interval break.
Although Hogan, with a point, left it 0-5 to 0-2 in Danesfort favour at half-time, things looked distinctly bright for Kilworth. As events subsequently transpired, however, it was Danesfort who hit the ground running after the resumption, with two fast points from centre-back Paddy Hogan and Ritchie Hogan, who scored one of those delightfully from near the right hand touch line.
Those scores proved the catalyst for a never-say-die display by Danesfort, and the manner in which they resolutely barred Kilworth’s path to goal throughout a tension packed second-half was heady stuff indeed.
It was pulsating as just three points separated the sides entering the final quarter. Kilworth continued to pile on the pressure, but wave after wave of attack was repulsed by the quality and determination of Danesfort’s six great defenders Gavin O’Keeffe, Tom Mahony, Pa Dillon, Tony Woodcock, Paddy Hogan and Liam Forrestal.
But with the irrepressible Ritchie Hogan now in full flow, Danesfort extended their lead to five points with eight minutes remaining.
But, it wasn’t over yet. Kilworth, with midfielders Cahill and Elton Pierce providing the platform, came back with a vengeance to reduce the deficit to the minimum with time running out.
But, try as they might, Kilworth were unable to tellingly penetrate Danesfort’s rock solid defensive citadel and Hogan — with his seventh point — ned Danesfort’s richly deserved success when he hit over the insurance point deep into injury time.
The Kilkenny champions will now face their Antrim and Ulster champions Clooney Gaels. The Northerners needed extra time to overcome Skehana (Galway) 0-13 to 1-9. Seán McMahon came on as a sub in extra time and scored two points from play.
Danesfort: R. Hogan (0-7, 0-3 frees), R. Walsh (0-3), P. Hogan (0-2 frees). Kilworth: P. Lynch (0-5 frees), A. Mannix (0-3), E. Pierce, J. Cahill (0-1 each).
S. Hurley; G. O’Keeffe, T. Mahony, P. Dillon, T. Woodcock, L. Forrestal, P. Hogan, P. Walsh, T. Dunne, P. Murphy, D. Forrestal, P. Forrestal, R. Hogan, G. Power, R. Walsh,
P. Treacy for Power, F. Manogue for D. Forrestal.
C. Walsh, A. Kenny, J. Gogarty, D. McNamara, M. McNamara, W. Twomey, M. O’Connor, D. Cahill, E. Pierce, T. Twomey, B. Tobin, J. Cahill, P. Lynch, A. Mannix, D. O’Donoghue.
D. Tobin for M. McNamara, N. O’Brien for Tobin, A. Kenny for D. O’Donoghue.
J. Owens (Wexford).