Kilrossanty 1-8 Rathgormack 0-8

Kilrossanty claimed the Junior Football (Attached) county title as they hung on for victory over a gallant Rathgormack side in Kilmacthomas last Saturday afternoon.

After a dismal first half, Rathgormack sprung to life in the second half but left themselves with too much to do, eventually succumbing to the Leamybrien based side.

Kilrossanty were dealt a major blow beforehand when regular centre-back Seamus Veale failed a fitness test.

As a result, they moved wing-forward Colin Dee back to the pivotal defensive position with Fintan Walsh coming into the forward line.

In the opening half, the western champions, playing with the wind hardly missed Veale as they went about their business in a determined fashion.

They looked by far the better team in that opening period and points from James Whyte, Ciaran Keating and Jack Kiely placed them firmly in the ascendancy.

Kilrossanty received a major boost in the 10th minute when a great passing movement among the forward unit gave veteran attacker Mattie Kiely the opportunity he needed and he made no mistake with a low finish.

One of the high points of the first half was the play of Kilrossanty wing-forward Eoin Houlihan, who finished the half with a personal tally of 0-4, three of which came from play.

This meant that Kilrossanty went in at the break leading by 1-7 to 0-2 with Rathgormack’s two points coming from the boot of Waterford senior football selector Kenny Hassett.

Rathgormack had a mountain to climb in the second half, but aided by the strong breeze they set about their task with relish.

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