There was great joy for the men of St Lachtain’s when they took the Intermediate All-Ireland hurling title by beating St Gall’s two weekends ago in GAA headquarters Croke Park. The Freshford side trained really hard for this win and their efforts paid off when they powered their way to a comfortable 3-17 to 0-10 victory over their Antrim counterparts.
St Lachtain’s added a piece of history to their club becoming the second Kilkenny club to achieve this honour with Dicksboro earning the glory before them. The Freshford men started strongly and they led 1-10 to 0-7, at the break with an Ollie O’Connor goal in injury time widening the margin after the accuracy of CJ McGourty from frees which kept the Milltown men in touch. CJ McGourty was a force on the field of play and he fired over six of his sides first half scores. However, St Lachtain’s were in top form and they didn’t just rely on one man they scored five successive points in the opening six minutes of the restart. These scores came from the excellent play of Eoin Guinan (2), Robbie Dowling (2) and John Fitzpatrick who eased St Lachtain’s clear before Aidan Gallagher added St Gall’s opening score on 38 minutes for a 1-15 to 0-8 deficit. There was never any doubt who would run out the winning side and John Fitzpatrick made sure of this when he blasted home an unstoppable goal after 46 minutes. Noel McGree added to Freshford’s tally when he traded points with CJ McGourty. However, John Fitzpatrick had the final say when he registered goal number three to complete a memorable evening for the Freshford men. Star players on the day were the high scoring John Fitzpatrick who’s ability to convert scores sees him as a star for the future. Eoin Guinan also shone with his speed and skill and the Freshford backs kept their line strong and averted any danger that came their way.
St Lachtain’s scorers: J Fitzpatrick 2-1, E Guinan 0-6, O O’Connor 1-1, R Dowling, N McGree 0-3 each, N Hickey 0-2, D Brennan 0-1.
St Gall’s scorers: CJ McGourty 0-7, J Flynn, A Gallagher and K Stewart 0-1 each.
St Lachtain's -- T Delaney; M Cormack, M Kavanagh, G Dalton; S Hayes, J Costelloe, N Phelan; N McGee, N Hickey; J Fitzpatrick, D Brennan, R Dowling; O O'Connor, B Beckett, E Guinan. Subs: B Kennedy for Phelan (55-56), P Mullan for O'Connor (58), B Kennedy for Fitzpatrick (60).
St Gall's: C Austin; D Sheehan, T Austin, S Morrisson; J McDaniel, K McGourty, A Healy; J Flynn, K Stewart; S Burke, K McDonald, C Gallagher; C McGourty, A Gallagher, S McAreavey. Subs: S O'Hara for C Gallagher (36), C O'Grady for Burke (37), A Hannaway for McDonald (55), E Cooke for Sheehan (55), A Gough for C McGourty (58).
Ref: D Copps (Cork).