All-Ireland club JHC final: Thomastown hold on

10 February 2013

Thomastown's Jonjo Farrell is tackled by Conall Maskey of Fullen Gaels during the All Ireland Club JHC Final at Croke Park. INPHO
Thomastown (Kilkenny) 2-17
Fullen Gaels (Warwickshire) 2-14

Thomastown were pushed all the way by Manchester's Fullen Gaels at Croke Park yesterday.

A period of dominance from the Kilkenny side midway through the second half where they notched 1-4 without reply proved crucial.

Fullen Gaels trailed by two at the interval - 1-10 to 1-8.

Both sides scored their goals in the space of two minutes, wing forward Darren Burke flicked to the net for Thomastown on 19 minutes before the impressive Robbie Power goaled for the Exiles.

A second Fullen Gaels goal on the restart had the sides level.

However, a Thomas O'Hanrahan goal as well as points from Dessie Walsh and Burke pushed Thomastown seven points clear.

Fullen Gaels showed a never say die attitude to drag Thomastown back.

But the Kilkenny side withstood the fierce pressure from the Exiles.

Thomastown - D McGarry; S Mahony, S Lanigan, B Murphy; B Whelan, P O'Hanrahan, R O'Hara; D Walsh (0-1), D Lanigan; S Waugh (0-2), M Donnelly (0-8), D Burke (1-2); T O'Hanrahan (1-2), J Farrell (0-1), D Waugh (0-1). Subs: A Burke for D Waugh, E Tennyson for Murphy, D Prendergast for Burke.

Fullen Gaels - T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, E O'Brien; D Neylon, J O'Shaughnessy, C Maskey; R McEntee (0-1), S Lawless (0-2); P Duggan, R Power (1-9), S Wallace; J O'Farrell, B Moloney (0-1), A Morrissey (0-1). Subs: A O'Neill (1-0) for Wallace, A Nash for O'Farrell.

Referee - G Duffy.