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St Thomas's 1-11 Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-09

Updated: Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 19:19 | Comments

St Thomas's became the seventh Galway side to win the All-Ireland club hurling title The Galway champions emerged victorious in a game played in tricky underfoot conditions Shane Cooney celebrates after St Thomas' goal
St Thomas's became the seventh Galway side to win the All-Ireland club hurling title The Galway champions emerged victorious in a game played in tricky underfoot conditions Shane Cooney celebrates after St Thomas' goal

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St Thomas's became the seventh Galway side to win the All-Ireland club hurling title when they came from behind in the final quarter at Croke Park to beat Kilcormac-Killoughey on a 1-11 to 1-09 scoreline

The dream died for a Kilcormac-Killoughey side who finished with 13 men and the Offaly side failed to score in the closing 18 minutes of a game played in difficult conditions.

The experience of full-forward Richie Murray was key to St Thomas's success in the final quarter while teenager Eanna Burke, the youngest of manager John Burke's six sons, was also very impressive when introduced. 

The controversial dismissal by referee John Sexton of midfielder Killian Leonard after 51 minutes was a key factor. The Kilcormac-Killoughey man was penalised for clipping St Thomas’s centre-back Darragh Burke but it seemed a yellow-card offence, at most.

At that stage the Offaly champions had seen a two-points lead wiped out and less than a minute after the red card, St Thomas’s hit the front with an effort from Conor Cooney. Thereafter they never surrendered the lead.

Kilcormac-Killloughey finished with 13 men when their other midfielder, Damien Kilmartin, picked up a second yellow three minutes from time.

St Thomas’s pressed their numerical advantage, and Conor Cooney shot an insurance point in the dying moments to secure the title for a club who reached their first Galway final in November.

Kilcormac-Killoughey were also first-time county champions and while they suffered a huge blow with injury to key attacker Daniel Currams last week, they started well thanks to the accuracy of Ciaran Slevin.

He hit three early points but each time St Thomas’s responded with a score before full-forward Trevor Fletcher kicked to the net to put Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-3 to 0-4 in front after 16 minutes.

But a goal from Richie Murray after 23 minutes saw the Galway champions lead by 1-7 to 1-5 at the break.

However, they failed to score in the opening 16 minutes of the second-half, with Kilcormac-Killoughey shooting 0-4, three of them from Ciaran Slevin and one from Fletcher, to lead by 1-9 to 1-7 after 46 minutes.

Then former Galway player Richie Murray, who scored a hat-trick in the county final win over Loughrea, shot two points to level the match, before Cooney put St Thomas’s into a lead they never lost eight minutes from time as they marched on to claim the All-Ireland title.

?TEAMS:

St Thomas’s: P Skehill; S Skehill, Robert Murray, C Burke; E Tannion, Darragh Burke, S Burke; K Burke (0-01), David Burke; S Cooney, C Cooney (0-5 (0-3f)), J Regan (0-01); B Burke (0-01), Richie Murray (1-02), A Kelly (0-01).

Subs: E Burke for Kelly 46, G Murray for S Cooney 58.

Kilcormac-Killoughey: Conor Slevin; J Grogan, G Healion, A McConville; K Grogan, P Healion, B Leonard; D Kilmartin, K Leonard; Ciaran Slevin (0-08 (7f, 1 sideline)), C Mahon, P Geraghty; J Gorman, T Fletcher (1-01), T Geraghty.

Subs: M Leonard for Fletcher 55, C Guinan for P Geraghty 57.

Referee: J Sexton (Cork).

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