James Crombie/INPHO The Bennettsbridge players celebrate.

All-Ireland club hurling titles went to Kilkenny and Antrim at Croke Park today

The intermediate and junior deciders took place today in Croke Park.

Bennettsbridge 3-19
Fullen Gaels 1-8

KILKENNY’S BENNETTSBRIDGE RAN out comfortable winners in this afternoon’s AIB All-Ireland junior hurling club championship final at Croke Park.

The result continues the dominance enjoyed by Kilkenny clubs in this grade as Bennettsbridge became the sixth club from the county to lift this trophy.

The defeat meant further heartbreak for Fullen Gaels as the Manchester-based club lost the final at this grade two years ago against Thomastown of Kilkenny.

Bennettsbridge laid the foundations for their success in the opening period as they went into a 3-11 to 0-6 lead at the break. Brian Lannon netted in the 11th minute before Liam Blanchfield raised a green flag in the 21st minute and finally Hugh O’Neill grabbed a goal in the 28th minute.

Shane Garry and Darragh Wafer James Crombie / INPHO Fullen Gaels’ Shane Garry and Darragh Wafer of Bennettsbridge. James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Bennettsbridge remained in the ascendancy on the scoreboard in the second-half and were in front by 3-12 to 0-8 at the end of the third quarter. Fullen Gaels did grab a late consolation goal but Bennettsbridge, who had a man-of-the-match performance from Nicky Cleere, ran out deserving winners.

OÕDonovan RossaÕs players celebrate James Crombie / INPHO Celebration time for the O'Donovan Rossa players. James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) 1-9
Kilburn Gaels (London) 2-3

ANTRIM’S O’DONOVAN ROSSA are celebrating tonight after they lifted the AIB All-Ireland intermediate hurling club title. Stephen Beatty’s second-half goal was the crucial score for the winners.
O’Donovan Rossa were ahead 0-4 to 0-2 at the break before Beatty struck just after half-time to send them five clear.
Kilburn fought back with a brace of goals from corner-forward Keith Killilea but O’Donovan Rossa closed out the game impressively with points from Michael Armstrong and Gerard Walsh sealing a three-point victory.

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