Carrickshock’s seam of quality helps secure All-Ireland crown
Kilkenny side take intermediate title with big win over Ahascragh-Fohenagh
Carrickshock players celebrate their victory over Ahascragh-Fohenagh in the All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho
Carrickshock (Kilkenny) 2-15 Ahascragh-Fohenagh (Galway) 0-6
A Carrickshock side fortified by a handful of Kilkenny legends coasted to a convincing victory in the All-Ireland Club IHC final at Croke Park.
Richie Power, Michael Rice, John Tennyson and John Power brought their considerable class and big-game experience to familiar surroundings, and proceeded to turn on the style, just as they have done many times at HQ.
In control from the very start, when Richie Power fired over a couple of points, they played within themselves throughout the opening half, and it was only a penalty, netted by goalkeeper Jamie Power on 23 minutes, that gave them a measure of comfort at the break, by which time they led 1-6 to 0-2.
Cathal Mannion ploughed a lone furrow up front for Ahascragh-Fohenagh, and finished with all but one of their scores.
It could have been a greater defeat for the Galway men had Kelly not pulled off a superb save from Darragh Brennan.
CARRICKSHOCK: J Power (1-0, pen); D Franks, J Dalton, J Grace; J Cahill, J Tennyson, N Tennyson; B O’Donovan, M Rice (0-1); J Power (0-2), R Power (0-6, one free), D Walsh (1-1); K Farrell (0-2, two frees), D Brennan (0-1), M O’Dwyer (0-1).
Subs: J Butler for O’Donovan (38 mins), S Power for Brennan (53 mins), P Tennyson (0-1) for Cahill (58 mins), J Murphy for Grace (59 mins), M Rohan for O’Dwyer (59 mins).
AHASCRAGH-FOHENAGH: D Kelly; B Kilroy, J Kelly, P Gavin; JP Egan, P Mannion, J Finnerty; S Kelly, L Tully; L Cosgrove (0-1), S Smyth, E Delaney, F Donnellan; C Mannion (0-5, three frees), R Kelly, M Kelly.
Subs: S Connelly for Donnellan (h/t), E O Ceallaigh for M Kelly (42 mins), C Cosgrove for Delaney (50 mins), S Smyth for R Kelly (54 mins).