Carrick Swan v Killenaule, South Senior Hurling Final 2010

CARRICK SWAN 1-16
KILLENAULE 2-11

Three points down with five minutes to go, Carrick Swan put in a stunning finish to claim their 22nd South SHC title and first in ten years in a cracking final at Fethard on Sunday evening.

If ever a team deserved to lift the crown in the Glanbia-sponsored championship it was Swan who in addition to hitting seventeen scores, also hit an incredible nineteen wides.
They dominated the second half against an out of sorts Killenaule who were chasing their third title in four years and who had qualified for the final the previous Tuesday after beating Carrick Davins in the delayed semi-final. A second big game in six days cannot have helped their chances.

They overcame Davins after extra time but couldn't match the intensity of their Carrick rivals in one of the best divisional finals in recent years.
The sides were level four times in the first half with Killenaule just ahead by a point at the break, 0-8 to 0-7.
They were tied on five more occasions up to the 24th minute of the second half with the score at Killenaule 1-11 to Swans 0-14.
Then the game appeared to take a decisive turn when county star Declan Fanning showed huge determination to break through the Swan defence for a cracking goal that looked a winner.
With their wides tally suggesting that they had left the game behind them, Swan should have been dead and buried.

But the players did the famed club proud in the final five minutes with a display of guts and quality hurling that won the day.
Holding Killenaule scoreless, they hit 1-2 to win in style. The Slieveardagh men might have been expected to kick on from the goal but within thirty seconds Martin Russell had reduced the deficit with a point. And then a minute later Kieran Reade hit a stunning goal that left Killenaule keeper Matthew O'Donnell stranded.
But rather than do it the easy way and save the fingernails of their fans, Swan hit two more wides in the next two minutes – from man of the match Dwayne Fogarty from play and the equally impressive Danny O'Hanlon from a 65 – before their constant pressure finally paid off with sub Keith Walsh hitting the insurance point in added time.
Fogarty and O'Hanlon were superb but all six forwards scored from play.
In the glow of victory the 19 wides might be forgotten but they will need to be remedied for the county series and the race for the Dan Breen Cup.

John 'Scottie' Walsh played a true captain's part at right corner back with some terrific clearances with Gerry Walsh equally busy in the other corner and keeping Killenaule sub and Tipp star Pat 'Festy' Kerwick under wraps when introduced after just 19 minutes.
Kerwick's impact may have been limited but not so for his fellow county man Declan Fanning who was outstanding at centrehalf back and who complemented his defensive duties with that stunning goal.
Donal Shelly and John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer sparkled in attack but the overall Killenaule performance lacked the intensity and drive of the Carrick men.

Despite creating much fewer chances than Swan they still had the chance to win but couldn't push over the line.
They love their hurling in Carrick and there was tremendous celebration when South chairman Dick Egan presented the coveted trophy to John Walsh.
Killenaule had held a slight edge in the first half and had only been led once. O'Hanlon opened the scoring for Swan in their first attack but Killenaule replied with three in a row from Donal Shelley, a John O'Dwyer sideline cut and a fine point from Joe O'Dwyer after eleven minutes.

Swan were back level by the 17th minute through Fogarty and then a great point from O'Hanlon after he robbed a Killenaule player in midfield and burst through to score.
Shelley restored the Killenaule lead a minute later and then 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer knocked over another following not one but two sidesteps.
The busy Stephen Hahessy reduced the deficit with a nice point in the 22nd minute but was wide from an easier chance a minute later.
It was a tit for tat struggle now and after Tony Doyle had restored Killenaule's two point lead, Swan had it back level with a great Fogarty point from a Hahessy pass and then another point from Reade.
Swan took the lead for only the second time in the game in the 30th minute following one of the best moves of the game involving Fogarty and Paul Diffily before Alan P Ryan shot over.
Kerwick then had a great goal chance but shot wide across the goal when it looked easier to score but Killenaule were still in front at the break with added time points from a 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer free and Michael Doyle from play.

The same trend continued in the second half. Two points from Fogarty in the first two minutes put Swan back in front; John O'Dwyer levelled again for Killenaule with MJ Walsh restoring the Swan advantage in the 34th minute.
Two minutes later man of the match in the All Ireland u-21 semi-final a day earlier 'Bubbles'O'Dwyer cut in from the left to shoot past Tom Kennedy for a great goal.
But there was nothing between these sides and by the 40th minute they were tied again with Swan points from Paul Diffily and an O'Hanlon 65.
Donal Shelley had Killenaule's first point in ten minutes but again O'Hanlon levelled. As the final now reached fever pitch before a huge crowd, a 'Bubbles' 65 put Killenaule back in front but Swan pressure was rewarded with another fine O'Hanlon score.
And that set up the stunning finish that had the crowd spellbound - Fanning's goal followed by the superb Swan reply that won the Carrick side its 22nd title and kept it at the top of the South Tipp roll of honour.
And helping them achieve that distinction were top class displays from Dwayne Fogarty, Danny O'Hanlon, Kieran Reade, Stephen Hahessey, John Walsh, Gerry Walsh and Kevin Lannigan.

For Killenaule, John O'Dwyer, Declan Fanning, Donal Shelley and Michael Farrell couldn't have done any more.
Carrick Swan – Tom Kennedy, John Walsh, Alan O'Sullivan, Gerry Walsh, Martin Russell 0-1; Kevin Lannigan, Johnny Grace, MJ Walsh 0-1; Brian Grace, Danny O'Hanlon 0-5, one 65; Kieran Reade 1-1; Paul Diffily 0-1; Alan P Ryan 0-1; Stephen Hahessy 0-1; Dwayne Fogarty 0-4. Subs – Keith Walsh 0-1 for MJ Walsh.
Killenaule – Matthew O'Donnell, Michael Fitzgerald, Paddy Codd, Declan Ryan, Peter Kennedy, Declan Fanning 1-0; Cathal Bergin, Donal Shelley 0-3; Michael Doyle 0-1; Michael Farrell, John O'Dwyer 1-5, 0-2 frees, 65; Joe O'Dwyer 0-1; Gerry Kennedy, Tony Doyle 0-1; Paul O'Dwyer. Subs – Pat Kerwick for Paul O'Dwyer, Tomas Nolan for Fitzgerald, Damien McCormack for Gerry Kennedy.

Ref - Willie Barrett