Conahy pull clear late on


All-Ireland Club JHC Final: Conahy (Kilkenny) 0-19 Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 1-9:GAA President Nickey Brennan wore a broad smile at Croke Park on Saturday after his home club, Conahy Shamrocks, captured the All-Ireland junior hurling title.

A strong late surge from the Kilkenny champions denied a brave Moyle Rovers, who were spearheaded by two-time football All Star Declan Browne in attack.

The dismissal of Rovers' Páraic Kelly in the 21st minute was the turning point as Browne had drilled a 21-yard free to the net just five minutes earlier to drag Rovers back into contention.

Rovers found themselves 0-9 to 1-3 behind at the break and although they were level eight minutes after half-time at 1-7 to 0-10, Shamrocks pulled away.

CONAHY SHAMROCKS: E Murphy; S Óg Brennan, P Buggy, T Nolan; D Healy (0-1, free), D Kelly, B Healy; J Wallace (0-1), M Fitzpatrick; K Mooney (0-7, six frees), D Buggy (0-1), P Nolan (0-2); M Lawlor (0-2), A Healy (0-3), G Nolan (0-2). Sub: C Muldowney for D Buggy (59 mins).

MOYLE ROVERS: I Browne; M Mulcahy, N Wall, P Kelly; S Keating, D Lyne (0-1, free), R Desmond; M Dunne, P Acheson; B Whelan, E Whelan, S Carey (0-1); B Mulvihill (0-1), P Johnson, D Browne (1-6, 1-1, frees). Subs: J Williams for E Whelan (half-time), J Shanahan for Carey (56 mins), D McGrath for Mulvihill (62 mins).

Referee: P Green(Galway).