GAA Matchbox: Kilkenny clubs at the double in All-Ireland hurling finals

Tommy Walsh helped Tullaroan to victory in the All-Ireland Club IHC final against Fr O'Neill's on Saturday Picture by Séamus Loughran
Padraig O Meiscill

All-Ireland Club JHC final

Conahy Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 0-22 Russell Rovers (Cork) 0-15

JAMES Bergin struck 12 points of his own as Conahy Shamrocks were crowned All-Ireland club junior hurling champions for the second time on Saturday.

Bergin, a corner-forward on the Kilkenny side which won the Leinster U20 title in 2019, was the most impressive hurler on the pitch at Croke Park, hitting four points from play as the Shamrocks matched their success of 2008.

Conahy Shamrocks didn't actually win the Kilkenny junior title last year, but progressed because O'Loughlin Gaels, a senior club, were ineligible to advance.

Paul Buggy's side took their chance with both hands and ultimately ensured the All-Ireland title remains in the county following Dunnamaggin's win in 2019.

All-Ireland Club IHC final

Tullaroan (Kilkenny) 3-19 Fr O'Neill's (Cork) 5-12

CAPTAIN Shane Walsh was the hero for Tullaroan at Croke Park on Saturday, hitting the winning point with the last puck of an exciting All-Ireland club intermediate hurling final.

Fr O'Neill's had soared five points clear with 15 minutes to go only for Tullaroan, with ageing Kilkenny great Tommy Walsh in their attack, to respond with an unanswered 1-7 to lead by five.

But there was more drama to come, with sub Jason Hankard striking a fifth goal for Fr O'Neill's who wiped the deficit out in the 62nd minute.

It was anyone's game at that stage, but Tullaroan seized their opportunity when John Walton picked out skipper Walsh to strike the winning point, his 10th of the game.

FBD League final

Galway 1-14 Roscommon 0-11

SHANE Walsh was man of the match as Galway beat Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park to win the first silverware of the Pádraic Joyce era.

Walsh hit 1-8 for Galway as a flourish of scoring either side of half-time was enough to see them comfortably over the line. Two points from Robert Finnerty were followed by a hat-trick of converted frees from Walsh to leave Galway two ahead at the break.

Just 30 seconds into the second-half, Walsh won a penalty for Galway and converted it himself to further stretch their lead. Although Ciarán Lennon's 43rd minute free ended a 20-minute Roscommon scoring drought, they could never properly force themselves back into contention.

O'Byrne Cup final

Longford 1-12 Offaly 0-11

LONGFORD followed up their last-four win over Dublin with a final victory over Offaly at O'Connor Park on Saturday.

Although Offaly were point in front approaching the midway stage of the second-half, Longford were boosted by Darragh Doherty and Peter Lynn coming off the bench to fire three points between them. Meanwhile, Darren Gallagher at midfield and goal-scorer Michael Quinn at centre-forward controlled key battle grounds and gave Longford a solid platform on which to build.

Shane Horan had a late chance to goal for Offaly and reduce the deficit to just the point, but he pulled his shot wide.

Walsh Cup final

Wexford 1-16 Galway 0-18

AN INJURY-TIME point from Pádraig Foley was enough to pip holders Galway at the post and hand Wexford the Walsh Cup.

After overcoming an early four-point deficit, Galway looked set to complete back-to-back titles as a personal salvo of 12 points from ace sharpshooter Tadhg Harnan eased them clear by 0-17 to 0-12 after 55 minutes.

But Wexford refused to throw the towel in and a Conor McDonald goal two minutes into injury-time tied matters on 1-15 to 0-18 before Foley's winning point to add the Walsh Cup to the Leinster title they won in the summer.

Sigerson Cup quarter-final

IT Carlow 3-9 University College Cork 0-14

REIGNING champions UCC are out of the Sigerson Cup after IT Carlow claimed a four-point victory on their home patch.

Carlow were 2-5 to 0-6 ahead at half-time and two goals from the outstanding Podge O'Toole were the difference in the end as they set up a semi-final with IT Letterkenny.

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