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Keeper saves penalty with last puck as Lixnaw crowned Kerry hurling champions

Martin Stackpoole proved the hero for Lixnaw.

File photo of Martin Stackpoole
File photo of Martin Stackpoole
Image: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

LIXNAW LIFTED THE Kerry senior hurling title after a 1-16 to 2-11 win over Kilmoyley in a game that finished in controversial circumstances.

Lixnaw were leading by two points when Kilmoyley were dramatically awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage-time at the end of the second-half.

Daniel Collins stepped up but had his strike on goal saved by goalkeeper Martin Stackpoole. Kilmoyley managed to turn the ball in from the rebound, but the referee had already blown the full-time whistle and Lixnaw were crowned champions.

Collins hit an early goal for Kilmoyley, but they went in four behind at the interval after John Griffin found the back of the net for Lixnaw.

Maurice O’Connor raised a green flag for Kilmoyley in the third quarter but last year’s beaten finalists stayed in front through scores from county star Shane Conway. Stackpoole proved the hero with his penalty save at the death with what turned out to be the last puck of the game.

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