Jude’s clinch Inter hurling crown
AFTER winning the Junior A Championship two years ago and losing out to eventual winners Castle-knock in last year’s semi-final, St Judes Intermediate Hurling team won the county title after seeing off a resolute Raheny team 1-17 to 2-13.
The Templeogue side were in control early on with points from Colm O’Callaghan and Minor Player John Carty (0-4).
However a goal by Raheny kept them in it as Jude’s led 0-12 to 1-06 at the break. They racked up a number of long-range scores from their towering half back line and midfield in Tom Casey and Walter Holohan.
Jude’s can count themselves lucky with the post saving their blushes on two occasions and it also played a pivotal part in their own goal in the second half with the ball coming off the post and then the bar and causing confusion between the Raheny goalkeeper and full back before it was eventually bundled in by Colm O’Callaghan.
Raheny’s Greg Bennett was lethal from dead balls, racking up 1-7 from frees his second-half goal coming after a period of Jude’s dominance, which saw them lead by five points before Bennett pegged them back.
Jude’s were dominant in the middle of the park in the second half winning a lot of ball through Richie Troy, Kieron Doherty and Cian O’Rioin Bróin and delivering into their full forward line with the impressive John Carty showing sublime touches and score taking.
Jude’s held off a late Raheny surge that was brought on by some indiscipline and fine free taking by Greg Bennett.
The Templeogue side held out until the end to cap what has been a fantastic few years for this group of players.