Great success: Dunnamaggin, Graigue-Ballycallan are Leinster junior and intermediate champions

It's been a busy day in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

It’s up against Ballyhale Shamrocks on Sunday after Dunnamaggin and Graigue-Ballycallan took Leinster honours in Nowlan Park on Saturday.

Dunnamaggin v Na Fianna

Dunnamaggin were first out against Na Fianna (Meath) with the 12pm game. With the Meath side bringing strong away support, it was the away side who stole a march early, racking up 3 unanswered points in the first six minutes.

A Tommy Maher free opened the account for Dunnamaggin as the sides trades scores up to half time, the Kilkenny junior champions pulling themselves back into play with a Ronan Coffey goal set up by Adam Fitzpatrick.

John Fitzpatrick added a second goal late in the first half to give breathing room to Dunnamaggin, closing out proceedings at the break 0-12 to 0-7 ahead.

Ronan Coffey continued the fine form he showed in the first half early in the second, taking a point from play with the opening ball, before adding a third goal only a minute later to put daylight between the sides.

Na Fianna would find the back of the net midway through the second half after a free in but it was a mere consolation on the scoreboard as Dunnamaggin’s domination continued.

Kilkenny’s junior champions are 2018’s Leinster junior champions with a final score of 3-17 to 1-11.

Graigue-Ballycallan v Portlaoise

In our live commentary game of the day, it was the Kilkenny side who took the spoils to continue what’s been a stellar season for Graigue-Ballycallan.

Goals from Eddie Brennan and Aaron Brennan in either half on Saturday afternoon helped the Kilkenny intermediate champions lift the Leinster crown.

The first half played out tight enough, both sides trading scores in the opening exchanges before Eddie Brennan struck in the sixth minute for his side’s first goal.

Conor Murphy’s free-taking was on point, the youngster racking up four dead ball scores before half time with Graigue-Ballycallan 1-8 to 0-7 ahead.

Murphy opened the scoring in the second half, straight off the bat, Graigue-Ballycallan pulling a further five points clear in the opening ten minutes.

The gap was out to eight points midway through the second half before Portlaoise clawed their way back to within four.

However, Aaron Brennan’s strike deep into added time put the icing on the cake for Graigue-Ballycallan as their journey to Croke Park continues.

On Sunday, it’s the turn of Ballyhale Shamrocks as they make the trip to Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow to take on Dublin champions Ballyboden St. Enda’s.

Find out if the Kilkenny senior champions can add a third Leinster title for the Cats this weekend as we bring you live coverage from 2pm on air and online with thanks to Mulberry Stoves, Ballyhale.

Ken McGuire

A life-long Liverpool supporter and lover of hurling and local rugby, Ken writes and shoots for KCLR Fanzone and presents KCLR Drive, weekdays 3-5.30pm. He rambles about food too at
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