Special K for Duhallow clubs

Special K for Duhallow clubs
Kanturk players celebrate with the cup. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

IT was K-club rule at Croke Park over the weekend with Knocknagree and Kanturk bringing home All-Ireland club titles to the barony of Duhallow.

Knocknagree, a small but very proud club on the Cork-Kerry border led the way on Saturday and were heroic victors over Multyfarnham in the All-Ireland junior club football final.

It was a day for the ages for the team superbly coached by John Fintan Daly who put the seal on a quite magnificent year for the club.

The concession of two very late goals made absolutely no difference as they were the dominant force all through and the players on duty lit up Croke Park with some fabulous finishing.

David O'Connor of Knocknagree, front, and Michael Mahoney celebrate. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
David O'Connor of Knocknagree, front, and Michael Mahoney celebrate. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Fintan O’Connor led the way with a return of 1-3 but it was a huge squad effort throughout with the loudest cheer of the day reserved for 40-plus Jerry Carroll who was introduced late in the game.

Twenty-six years earlier he was a member of the victorious Kerry vocational team that won the All-Ireland.

Twenty-four hours later, Kanturk followed the wonderful example that they had set by taking the All-Ireland intermediate club hurling title.

It was a much closer affair with Ballyragget from Kilkenny and it took a late point from Ian Walsh to land the title.

Cork star, Lorcán McLoughlin fired over 0-7 while Aidan Walsh and Anthony Nash secured a brace each.

When team captain Lorcan O’Neill lifted the trophy under the Dublin skyline, the roar could be heard back in a near-deserted Kanturk.

There was one massive hangover in Duhallow today but the cure was easy to find, two gleaming pieces of silverware representing the enormity of the achievements.

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