Carrickshock, captained by Offaly star, David Franks, claimed their first major title at senior hurling level in Kilkenny since their championship glory of 1951 when they won the senior league final at Nowlan Park yesterday.
A 46th minute goal from full-forward Michael Rohan proved the difference in their 1-15 to 0-15 victory over Ballyhale Shamrocks after the sides had been level on seven points apiece at the break.
All Star Richie Power top scored for the winners, landing nine points. Shamrocks, who were chasing a table topping seventh title, threw everything into attack in the dying stages but they couldn’t close the cap.
Carrickshock won the Shield final in 2008, but as that is contested by the runners-up in the league groups, it doesn’t qualify as a county title so yesterday’s success bridged a 61 year gap.
There will be little time for Carrickshock to celebrate the win, however, because the championship quarter-finals will be played next weekend with the draws to be made tonight
The Shield final was won by St Martin’s (Muckalee) who beat James Stephens by 0-16 to 1-11 at Nowlan Park. The Village chose to rest Kilkenny captain Eoin Larkin and a few more players as they put all their efforts into defending the championship title.
Following first round championship matches that doubled as relegation semi-finals, Dunnamaggin, home club of David Herity and Noel Hickey, and Danesfort – home of Paul Murphy, Richie and Paddy Hogan – have been paired together with the losers dropping back to intermediate next season.
Dunnamaggin were beaten by Dicksboro (2-15 to 0-12) while Danesfort lost to the Eddie Brennan inspired Graigue-Ballycallan by 0-13 to 0-10. The other teams through to the quarter-finals are O’Loughlin Gaels, who scored an easy 3-18 to 1-14 win over Tullaroan with a 1-11 contribution from Mark Bergin, and Erin’s Own (Castlecomer), who defeated JJ Delaney’s Fenians by 1-14 to 1-10.
The last eight: James Stephens, Carrickshock, Ballyhale Shamrocks, St Martin’s, Graigue-Ballycallan, Erin’s Own, Dicksboro, O’Loughlin Gaels.
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