Danesfort snatched the last place in the quarter-finals yesterday when the Hogan brothers, Richie and Paddy, inspired them to a 1-13 to 0-11 win over Tullaroan in a replayed first round/relegation semi-final clash.
The winners led by 1-9 to 0-10 at half-time after trailing by 0-4 to 0-7 at one stage. A 26th minute goal from possible Hurler of the Year, Richie Hogan inspired a fight back, and with a quick point from his brother, Paddy, the winners found a new gear and never looked back.
Defeat for Tullaroan, club of the Walsh brothers, Tommy and Padraig, means they face J.J. Delaney’s Fenians (Johnstown) in a relegation shoot-out with the losers dropping down to the intermediate division next season.
Danesfort can look forward to better things, although a quarter-final joust against Ballyhale Shamrocks, who have five senior All-Ireland medal winners in their attack, is going to be anything but a picnic.
Clara got the better of recently crowned league champions, O’Loughlin Gaels in a dour struggle in Nowlan Park on Saturday, winning by 2-14 to 2-12.
The score flattered the losers, who pulled back a pair of goals during the closing six minutes.
Earlier Carrickshock and the Rower-Inistioge played a 0-12 each draw in their quarter-final clash at wind lashed Thomastown. Kilkenny star, Richie Power, was sent off 10 minutes from the end after being shown two yellow cards, but will be available for the replay.
St Martin’s beat Dicksboro by 2-16 to 2-13. Martin’s, who are managed by former Kilkenny star Charlie Carter, are back where they were last year after a season of plenty of ups and downs.