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Eoghan Rua can hold their heads high after brave effort

Eoghan Rua 0-11 Glenmore 2-08

By Steven Doherty

It was a brave defeat for Eoghan Rua at Croke Park yesterday as they lost a tightly contested Junior Hurling Club final to Glenmore.

The favourites settled quickly and two goals from star man Alan Murphy in the first-half handed the Kilkenny champions a commanding seven-point lead after 30 minutes.

Murphy's siblings Shane and Eoin also pointed and along with free taker Mark Aylward, the Kilkenny men looked to be cruising towards victory until the break.

A 10-minute scoring spree of 2-4, to just one point from Eoghan Rua, did all the damage for Glenmore and proved crucial.

However, the Coleraine men battled back gamely and gradually hauled their opponents back to within two points in the second-half.

Sean Leo McGoldrick moved from half-back to half-forward and with that they camped out in the opposition territory for most of the one-sided second period.

Eoghan Rua dominated with free taker Ciaran Gaile converting seven points and brothers Liam, Colm and Sean Leo McGoldrick all raising the white flag as they threatened a comeback.

The work rate, tackling and bravery of the underdogs - roared on by a vociferous support - was breathtaking.

But it was a goal Eoghan Rua needed and while they desperately laid a late siege on the Glenmore defence, the Kilkenny champions held firm with Fergal Freyne, Sean Duggan and Richard Mullally all superb at the back for Tom Mullally's team.

Eoghan Rua manager Padraig O'Mianain said: "I'm disappointed for the lads. Those two goals in the first-half were the sucker punch.

"We came back to within three a couple of times but I thought a few decisions were not going our way. It was two points in the end - so near yet so far.

"It's no consolation who beat us. It would have been easier if we had lost by 20 points but the game was there for the taking."

SCORERS: GLENMORE: A Murphy 0-4fs, M Aylward 2-2, S Murphy & E Murphy 0-1 each

EOGHAN RUA: C Gaile 0-7fs, S L McGoldrick 0-2, L McGoldrick, C McGoldrick & T Magee 0-1 each.

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