Lixnaw have won the Garvey’s Super Valu County Senior Hurling Championship Final in sensational fashion.
A last gasp penalty save from Martin Stackpoole meant they won by 2 points on a score of 1-16 to 2-11.
They’re champions for a 9th time after overcoming Kilmoyley.
Lixnaw made the most of the significant wind to open up a 4 points to 1 advantage after 8 minutes, extending their lead to 4 by the quarter hour mark. However, they were also racking up the wides, registering their 6th as conditions continued to hamper proceedings. A Daniel Collins goal dragged Kilmoyley back into the encounter heading into the 20th minute, making it Lixnaw 0-5 Kilmoyley 1-1
Lixnaw doubled their advantage before John Griffin goaled 2 minutes from the break At half-time it was Lixnaw 1-7 Kilmoyley 1-3.
The sides shared 4 points in the first 5 minutes upon the resumption, making it 1-9 to 1-5. Lixnaw remained on top, extend the lead to 6 eleven minutes into the period. However, as was the case in the first half a goal, this time from Maurice Connor, brought Kilmoyley back into contention
The gap was also three at the 3/4 stage at 1-12 to 2-6 and a more even half saw the sides continue to exchange scores. With ten minutes to go the Lixnaw lead stood at three; 1-14 to 2-8. Kilmoyley put over the next two points to narrow the gap to the minimum entering the final 7 minutes. Daniel Collins brought Kilmoyley level 3 minutes from time at 2-11 to 1-14 but Shane Conway put Lixnaw back in front with a 59th minute point. Another fantastic score by the same player, subsequently named man of the match, doubled that advantage early in added on time. The drama was far from over as a 63rd minute Joe McElligott effort zipped wide of the Lixnaw post. That was not to be the last chance for Kilmoyley though as they were awarded a 65th minute penalty
Former Kerry player Seamie Sheehan reviews the match
Lixnaw manager Fergus Fitzmaurice
Man of the match Shane Conway
Lixnaw selector Enda Galvin
Lixnaw captain Darragh Shanahan
Kilmoyley manager Shane Brick