Killanure, lead by the impressive Tom Cuddy, secured the boys Division 2 Shield title with a strong second-half display against Knock last Thursday.
Killanure NS 4-14
Knock NS 3-6
With only a point separating the sides in the group stage, this one was always going to be close, and the first half showed that.
Darragh Cahill got the opening score with a brilliant goal, but Killanure drew level with points from Tom Cuddy (2) and Ashton Keenan. Cuddy then rifled a shot to the top corner to put Killanure ahead, but Knock fought back.
Calum Costigan and Carlow Fitzpatrick (free) got them within one, only for the impressive Tom Cuddy to hit two more of his own to push his side back in front.
Knock then his a purple patch, with goals from Bill McGrath and Darragh Cahill putting them in the driving seat, but Brian Hogan got a goal back for Killanure. An Ashton Keenan free then gave Killanure a slender lead at half time, 2-7 to 3-3.
The game was there to be won in the second half, and it was Killanure who kicked on. Tom Cuddy pointed twice, Carlos Fitzpatrick his back for Knock, but then Cuddy added 1-1 in quick succession, getting lucky with goal.
Cuddy and Ashton Keenan added points before LJ Cuddy got another goal for Killanure. Knock were well behind now, but the had the better of the closing stages, but Killanure had done enough.
Scorers: Tom Cuddy 1-10 (0-2 frees), Brian Hogan 1-1, Ashton Keenan 0-3 (0-1 free), LJ Cuddy 1-0.
Team: Colm Conroy; Conor Deegan, Joey Conroy; Tom Cuddy, Ashton Keenan; Brian Hogan, LJ Cuddy.
Scorers: Darragh Cahill 2-0, Carlos Fitzpatrick 0-4 (frees), Bill McGrath 1-0, Cahir Costigan, Calum Costigan 0-1 each.
Team: Michael Fleming; Cahir Costigan, Eric Smith; Carlos Fitzpatrick, Bill McGrath; Darragh Cahill, Calum Costigan. Subs: Eoin Carter, Conor Headen.
Referee: JJ Gorman