Kilmallock were too strong for Doon in the Gaelic Grounds last night in securing their first Premier U21 hurling crown since 2011, winning out 1-19 to 1-13.
The sides were evenly matched in the opening exchanges with the sides level on four occasions in the opening half an hour. However, a run of scores coupled with an Oisin O’Reilly goal saw Kilmallock hold a commanding 1-9 to 0-6 lead at the half despite playing against a slight breeze.
Doon had the opening three scores of the second period to close the gap before Kilmallock went on another scoring spree to extend the gap to 1-16 to 0-10 with David Woulfe in fine scoring form, accounting for 8 points from play during the game.
Barry Murphy had a late consolation goal for Doon who were well beaten by a fine Kilmallock side at that stage. Micheal Houlihan, a member of the U21 Limerick team, collected the trophy for Kilmallock. They, alongside Na Piarsaigh have won the last 13 titles at this grade.
Kilmallock: David Woulfe 0-8, Oisin O’Reilly 1-3, Micheal Houlihan 0-3 (2frees), Rory Connaghan and Pheliam O’Reilly 0-2 each, Ciaran O’Connor 0-1.
Doon: Barry Murphy 1-3 (0-2frees), Josh Ryan and Bob Purcell 0-3 each, Mark Coleman, Tadgh Whelan and Dubhan O’Grady 0-1 each.
Seamus Connery; Andrew Finn, Josh Cahill, Brian Daly; Fergal Chalke, Paddy O’Loughlin, Ciaran O’Connor; Cal McCarthy, Liam English; Phelim O’Reilly, Anthony Barrett, Micheal Houlihan; Rory Connaghan, David Woulfe, Oisin O’Reilly.
Sub: Jack Barry for Rory Connaghan (51mins).
Eoin Doyle, Paraic Ryan, Eoghan McNamara, Cormac Ryan; Chris Berkery, Brian McPartland, Mikey O’Brien; Tadgh Whelan, Dubhan O’Grady; Bob Purcell, Josh Ryan, Jack Ryan; Mark Coleman, Barry Murphy, Jack Downey.
Sub: Ivan O’Dwyer for Chris Berkery (h-t).