Kilkenny SFC final: Muckalee seal four-in-a-row
02 September 2013
Muckalee captain Paul Maher
James Stephens 1-9
Colin McGrath's last-minute penalty secured a four-in-a-row of Kilkenny SFC titles for Muckalee at James Stephens' expense in Freshford yesterday.
Despite having played against the wind, the holders led by 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time thanks to Robert Shore's goal. However, Stephens, who included Kilkenny hurling stars Jackie Tyrrell and Eoin Larkin in their line-up, fought back after the restart and looked the most likely winners when Eoin McCormack's goal edged them into a 1-9 to 1-8 lead.
But Muckalee dug deep as late scores from Colin and Eoin McGrath saw them over the line. They will now go on to represent Kilkenny in the Leinster club intermediate championship.
Scorers - Muckalee: C McGrath 1-6 (1-0 pen, 1f), R Shore 1-2, J Mulhall, E McGrath 0-1 each. James Stephens: E McCormack 1-1, J Tyrrell, D McCormack 0-3 each, M Hoban, N Tyrrell 0-1.
Muckalee - J Coonan; James Maher, O Walsh, A Murphy; M Dowling, P Nolan, M Morrissey; Joe Maher, P Maher; S Coonan, R Shore, T Morrissey; C McGrath, B Byrne, John Maher. Subs: J Mulhall for S Coonan, C Maher for T Morrissey, E McGrath for B Byrne.
James Stephens - R Manogue; B O'Brien, C Behan, G Flood; N Tyrrell, M Hoban, L Hickey; Jackie Tyrrell, M Harkin; A Lawlor, E Larkin, D McCormack; R Hayes, E McCormack, R O'Keeffe. Subs: B Hickey for M Harkin, Jas Tyrrell for R O'Keeffe.
Referee - T Duggan (Mullinavat).