UPMC Nowlan Park was the place to be for Kilkenny GAA fans as both the intermediate and Junior final was played out.
The main event on the day was the intermediate final between Thomastown and Danesfort. After a slow first half, the game kicked into gear in the final 10 minutes with multiple scores registered before Thomastown grabbed a goal in added time to draw the game and that is the way it finished after a point for either side after the goal.
It was announced then that ten minutes either side would be be needed to hopefully put a definite name on the cup.
The character of Thomastown throughout was clearly on show, they were desperate to get back to senior, grabbing another goal in the dying embers of extra time. They just did not want to lose their fourth final in five years. However when the referee blew the whistle it was Danesfort going back to the senior in their 100th year as a club.
There was amazing performances from all over the pitch, however our own Adrian “Ronnie” Ronan, was quick to make a byline for Robbie Walsh, who he was so impressed with on commentary duty;
“It was a team effort, that is fairly obvious. Backs, forwards or whatever. We would not of racking up 1-36, if distribution was not good. it was a tough battle.”
“There is not a hope we would of being here with out all the boys, new lads coming into the team.There is constant evolving.
“We just reset and got going again. We have it in the legs, so we knew we had it, we just had to get it out.”
Speaking with the stalwart in between the sticks, Paddy Hogan, it was evident despite four balls going passed him, he was delighted;
“I would ya this is the best of them. We did some savage hurling. It looked like we were dead and buried at the end of the game. We got back to the dressing room at full time and said it was not over. Then we came out in extra time and played a stormer.”
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