Kilcormac hold firm to lift title
Kilcormac/Killoughey returned to the summit in Offaly hurling with a nerve-tingling win over St Rynagh’s in O’Connor Park yesterday.
Ahead 2-13 to 0-8 with 16 minutes to go, Kilcormac/ Killoughey looked to have more than enough done to win but were forced to mount a ferocious rearguard action in the closing quarter.
With the wind on their backs, St Rynagh’s came storming back and at one stage seemed set to complete a heroic comeback. They scored three points on the trot before an opportunist goal from substitute Joe O’Connor made it 2-13 to 1-11 with 10 minutes remaining.
A fine Stephen Leonard point settled Kilcormac/ Killoughey briefly but the holders continued swarming forward in numbers, forcing them to enter into desperate defending.
Stephen Quirke and Ciaran Slevin exchanged late frees as Kilcormac/Killoughey held on for a dramatic but ultimately deserved win.
KILCORMAC/ KILLOUGHEY: Conor S levin; K Leonard, G He a lion, K Grog an; E Grog an(0-1), DKilm art in, JQu inn; C Ki el y (0-1,1f), Ciaran Slevin (1-7,5f); JGorman (0-1), CM a hon, P Ger ag hty;S Leonard (0-1),PHealion(0-1),TGeraghty(1-1). Subs: DCurrams(0-3) for PGeraghty(20 mins),B Leonard for P Heal ion( 52m ins ), O Ma hon forEGro gan (56 m ins ). S TRY NA GH’ S: CC l an cy;D Maloney,D Shortt,NWynne;C Her non, AT re a cy (0-4, 3 fa nd 1‘65), BC on neely; G Kelly, PC am on; G Scales (0-1), G Con neely, MM aloney;S Quirke (0-7,6f),SDolan(0-3),SWynne. Subs: JO’ Connor(1-0 )for Scales(37 mins), RHughes(0-1) for Maloney(39 mins). Referee: R Fitz simons