Holycross Ballycahill left it late but managed to retrieve an almost lost cause in the final quarter of the Junior B hurling final against Templederry Kenyons in The Ragg on Saturday afternoon.
With 15 minutes to play Templederry led comfortably by 0-12 to 0-6 and only the margin of their victory appeared in doubt. Holycross emptied the bench and the experienced substitutes made a marked contribution at the business end of the game.
Templederry will be more disappointed but they had chances to put the game well beyond the reach of the Mid Champions and failed to convert from placed balls in particular.
Pio Kennedy was again magnificent in the heart of the Templederry defence while Michael O’Leary and James Hogan dominated midfield until the final minutes.
Ronan Kinane, Tommy Hogan and Kieran Carey were the pick of the forwards.
For three quarters of the game Holycross struggled but hung in bravely and struck when it counted in the final quarter.
The experienced Michael Lee made telling and clever contributions at full and wing forward.
Kevin O’Dwyer, Paudie Comerford and Peter Gavin posed the most threat in front of the posts while Tom Hayes came into his own in the second half and knocked over three vital frees to keep his side in the game.
Templederry raced into an early lead and were 0-4 to 0-0 by the 8th minute.
Full match report in this week’s Tipperary Star.