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Penalty shoot-out heartache for Borris-Kilcotton as Clara claim Leinster hurling league Division 1

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Borris-Kilcotton 1-21 Clara (Kilkenny) 0-24 (Clara win 3-2 on penalties)
Leinster Hurling League Division 1 Final 

Penalties were required to separate Borris-Kilcotton and Clara of Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling League Division 1 final on Saturday.

This game was played before the clash of Kilkenny and Wexford in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship and provided just as much entertainment.

The sides could not be split after normal time and the game went straight to penalties to the entertainment of those in Nowlan Park.

Clara began the better of the two teams and raced into an early lead but Borris-Kilcotton fought their way back.

Stephen Dunphy and Aaron Dunphy raised numerous white flags with Joe Campion and Neil Foyle also chipping in to leave it 0-13 each at half time.

Clara had the wind in the second half but it was Borris-Kilcotton who struck the front when Emmet Jones scored the game’s only goal.

The sides traded points after that and the margin remained at three points as we entered the final quarter.

Clara surged at the end though and Matt Kenny scored as we entered injury time to level the game.

Both sides had chances to win it in the five minutes of that that were played but couldn’t and we headed for penalties.

In the end, it was that man Kenny who scored the decisive goal as Clara won 3-2.

SCORERS – Clara: Liam Ryan 0-5 (three frees), Jason Byrne 0-6 (three frees, one 65), Paul Cody and Martin O’Connell 0-3 each, Matt Kenny, James Nolan and Shane Staunton 0-2 each, David Langton 0-1 Borris-Kilcotton Stephen Dunphy 0-5 (four frees), Emmet Jones 1-2, Aaron Dunphy 0-5, Joe Campion 0-3, Neil Foyle 0-2, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Colm Stapleton, Noah Quinlan and Patrick Whelan 0-1 each

CLARA: Kevin Nolan; Bill Carrigan, Jack Langton (Capt.), Sean O’Shea; Matt Kenny, David Langton, Shane Staunton; Liam Ryan, James Nolan; Paul Cody, Martin O’Connell, Jason Byrne; Dara Glynn, Chris Bolger, Evan Whearty; Subs Joe Connolly for Jason Byrne (55)

BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Eoin Fleming; Enda Parlon, Stephen Finan, Philip Tynan. Noel Delaney, Colm Stapleton, Patrick Whelan; Niall Coss, Daniel Fitzpatrick; Aaron Dunphy, Joseph Campion, Neil Foyle; Stephen Dunphy, Noah Quinlan, Emmet Jones.

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