For Leinster junior clubs, it can be the stuff that dreams are made of.
Kilkenny are through to their first Provincial Towns Cup final since 2015 and they’ll be heading back to the ground where they lost that clash with Enniscorthy.
Defending like their season depended on it for the closing stages of the game, Kilkenny held out for a deserved 20-15 win over Division 1A rivals Dundalk.
Tries from Aiden McDonald, Roy Stanley and five points from the boot of Hugh Corkery have Kilkenny within 80 minutes of a first ‘Towns Cup since 2002.
Kilkenny had a 10-0 lead with under 20 minutes on the clock, edging slightly further ahead with the half-time scores at 13-5. Having clawed their way back to within a point at 13-12, Dundalk were reduced to 14 men just before the hour mark, giving Kilkenny scope to push further, adding a converted try with 20 minutes to go, wrapping the game up at 20-13.
In Sunday’s other semi-final, Ashbourne came from 9-0 down early on to run out 23-15 winners over Mullingar.
They’ll join Kilkenny in Cill Dara RFC on Easter Sunday to decide this year’s final and we’ll be there to join them.