Shock of the season... Leahy hits the winner as Killeagh dump Douglas out of the senior hurling championship

Shock of the season... Leahy hits the winner as Killeagh dump Douglas out of the senior hurling championship
Killeagh players celebrating after defeating Douglas. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A late point from Gary Leahy saw Killeagh pull off the biggest upset of the club season on Leeside to knock Douglas, one of the favourites for the title, out of the senior hurling championship.

Despite going down to 14 men after 48 minutes, heroic Killeagh kept on giving in Cobh on Saturday night as Mark Landers' charges delivered a hugely impressive performance in this Cork SHC round 2B clash – a game that was tied 16 times. Relishing the underdog tag and displaying immense character, Gary Leahy scored a dramatic winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time. 

Killeagh's Gary Leahy hits over the winning point. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Killeagh's Gary Leahy hits over the winning point. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The victory guarantees them a third-round spot against Carbery, while Douglas, having lost to CIT in round one, are now out of contention for the Seán Óg Murphy Cup.

The city side were without the injured Shane Kingston, but despite Brian Turnbull, Alan Cadogan and Mark Collins sharing 0-12 between them and new recruits Cian McCarthy and Shane Bourke also hitting points, their lack of goals proved costly.

Killeagh's star man Eoghan Keniry, who was magnificent all through and hit 1-7, and Daniel Walsh, who was later sent off, fired the first-half goals that saw the game tied at the break, 2-7 to 0-13.

Patrick O’Brien, Kevin Murphy and Brendan Barry outfield and keeper Colin Walsh were Killeagh's standout performers, with the East Cork outfit defying the odds and their recent history of relegation issues. The fact the club, along with neighbours St Ita's, had contested two recent Premier 1 minor county finals reflected the young talent coming up and they delivered on that potential here.

Douglas had Eoin Cadogan and Stephen Moylan in their half-back line and were able to introduce Cork minor Ross Howell yet they could never shake off the underdogs.

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