Kilkenny SHC: Ballyhale dig it out at the death

September 12, 2020

James Stephens' Sean Manogue with Eoin Reid of Ballyhale Shamrocks. ©INPHO.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-22

James Stephens 1-26

Injury-time points from Colin Fennelly and TJ Reid helped Ballyhale Shamrocks to a battling victory over James Stephens at UPMC Nowlan Park this evening.

The All-Ireland champions will defend their Kilkenny SHC title in the final against Dicksboro on September 20.

They looked likely winners from early on as they notched two quick-fire goals by Fennelly and TJ Reid (penalty) to put James Stephens on the backfoot.

The city side hung in there though and turned an eight-point deficit into a one-point lead at half-time (2-8 to 0-15) with nine unanswered points.

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Colin Fennelly and Niall Delaney of James Stephens. ©INPHO.

A second Fennelly goal and another TJ Reid point put Ballyhale back in front by the second water break but James Stephens responded perfectly when Eoin Guilfoyle smashed the sliotar to the net.

Corner forward Guilfoyle had edged James Stephens a point up in injury-time before the Ballyhale duo intervened.

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