Coolderry (Offaly) 1-15
Oulart-the-Ballagh (Wexford) 1-11
Offaly side Coolderry won their first ever Leinster Senior Hurling Club Championship title, when they defeated Oulart-the-Ballagh from Wexford in this afternoon’s final at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.
The club from the Faithful County had spent much of the last two decades in the shadow of Birr but were deserving champions on this afternoons performance. Brian Carroll got the first score of the game for Coolderry and apart from a short early spell, they always just held the upper hand in the contest. Eoin Moore tied the game at 0-1 apiece and Rory Jacob extended his sides lead soon after. However, Coolderry then stepped it up and points from Damien Murray(2) and Cathal Parlon saw them back in front. Eoin Ryan increased the lead further before Darren Nolan and Moore pointed for the Wexford side to draw level. Parlon had the final score of the half to leave Coolderry ahead 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.
Nolan opened the second half scoring to tie the match, and Parlon then scored the crucial goal to give Coolderry a decided advantage. The Offaly side were well in control during this period and stretched their lead with further points. Oulart could manage just the single score, as Murray and Carroll increased the Coolderry lead. Moore and Nicky Kirwan hit fine points to leave it a four point game and a free from the former left just three between the teams. Murray added a point to settle the game again and the swapped scores with Stephen Doyle.
Substitute Kevin Connolly increased the Faithful sides lead, and star performer Parlon added to the Oulart woes when his shot went over the bar. Corner back Paul Roche came up and hit a rocket to give Oulart hope, the goal giving them renewed hope. However, that was as close as they managed to bridging the gap and Coolderry held on to claim their first title.
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