Ballyhale Shamrocks secured their twelfth Leinster title at the weekend after besting Kilmacud Crokes.
Pat Hoban’s men stormed ahead in the first half, and at one point held a fourteen-point lead, however, the Dublin champions fought valiantly to bring the game to just one point.
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Ultimately Shamrocks won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 2-19 with goals from Colin Fennelly and Eoin Kennealy, however, speaking to Scoreline manager Hoban admits the performance won’t be good enough to beat their All Ireland Semi-final opponents Ballygunnar;
“It is a testament to Leinster club hurling and the great work that is going on. You do not win anything easy. It was an unbelievable test, last week (against Naas) was a very physically tough game. We are delighted to get through, we came up with one job and that was to win.”
“There is always work to do, and the reality is if we were to continue on and win the game by ten or fifteen points, the expectations would be right up. I think it would not be good enough against Ballygunnar, we know that the players know that, so we have a lot of work to get it right.”
The Shamrocks didn’t make one substitution during the match as they struggled to stop Kilmacud’s second-half ascendency. Hoban partially eluded to the difficulties that Croke Park as a venue brings when trying to affect a game;
“It is so hard here in Croke Park, to influence what is happening on the field from the line. They cannot hear you, the officials are all over you. So you are trying to make switches, make changes, and get that shape back. The reality is, it has to happen on the pitch, that is the reality of Croke Park.”
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The upcoming All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship semi-finals will clash with the World Cup final. The double bill, again at Croke Park, will take place on Sunday the 18th of December.
St Thomas’ and Dunloy throws in at 1.30 pm while Ballyhale Shamrocks and Ballygunner get underway at 3.30 pm. The World Cup decider kicks off in Qatar at 3 pm Irish time.
KCLR will be there live on the day to bring you all the action. You can listen back to the full interview with Pat on Scoreline extra below: