Kildangan finish off the year in style by claiming the Tipperary Co u-21 A hurling title

Noel Dundon

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Holycross vs Kildangan

Action from the Mid U-21 A hurling final this afternoon between Holycross Ballycahill and Kildangan.

Connors and Seymour star as the north champs see off a spirited fightback from Holycross Ballycahill 

Kildangan 2-17

Holycross Ballycahill 0-17

The Tipperary Water County U-21 A hurling title rests in Kildangan this evening after they saw off a stern test of their credentials in the second half of the decider at Templederry this afternoon.

Holycross Ballycahill were a goal in arrears after just six seconds when Tom O'Meara  netted for Kildangan, and from then until the final whistle, the mid men were chasing the game, which was highly competitive, full of energy and at times attritional in the heavy conditions.

The north men though just had more power and a bit more class with their big men coming good for them, especially Connors who fired 0-6 for them, to go along with Billy Seymours 0-3 from play in the first half.  They had played wind assisted and led at the break by 1-11 to 0-6, with Dara Woods getting the majority of the Holycross Ballycahill scores. And, keeper Ewan Bourke made a crucial stop right on time to keep his side in the match - had Kildangan goalled it would have been game, set and match to them by the half way mark.

Instead, the mid men fought back and fired over four unanswered scores, only to see Kildangan bag a second goal through Andy Loughnane in the 9th minute of the second half. Still, Holycross Ballycahill fought and when Philly Fogarty came upfield from corner back and pointed with five to go, there was just a goal in it.

Kildangan gathered themselves, showed a little more composure in front of goal, and finished the stronger to notch the last three points through Dan O'Meara, Bryan McLoughney and Eoin Sharkey  to seal a famous victory.