Heartbreak for Castleblayney as Dunnamaggin finish stronger to claim national crown

From Odhrán Crumley

Dunnamaggin have claimed the AIB All-Ireland Junior Intermediate Club title with a come from behind win against Castleblayney in Croke Park.

The South Kilkenny men hit the last seven scores of the game as they needed every fibre in their being to get over the line with Thomas Maher nailing four high pressure shots to lead the charge.

It was expected to be an hour long coronation for the men from Kilkenny, but it proved to be anything but, as Castleblayney fought valiantly, exceeding expectation.

Fergal Rafter led the Farney men’s campaign hitting nine points over the course of the hour as the ‘Blaney full back line held strong throughout the hour.

The Ulster Champions led 1-8 to 1-5 in the break and it was nip and tuck right until the death before the final seven scores of the game from Dunnamaggin ensured the national crown returned to Kilkenny.

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