Men’s Irish Hockey Challenge final
Ballynahinch 4 (Mark Graham 2, David Ross, David Bolton) Kilkenny 0
Kilkenny tasted Irish Hockey Challenge final heartbreak for a second successive year as they were undone by four goals in the closing 15 minutes to undo what was a deceptively close tie at Belfield.
The cats looked the more dangerous throughout the first half with Ballynahinch playing on the break but no goals meant parity remained at half time.
The breakthrough came in the 55th minute with captain Mark Graham scoring his first and he made it 2-0 four minutes later to leave Kilkenny needing snookers. And the game was finished as a contest in the 64th minute when David Ross made it three and two minutes later David Bolton completed the win.
Kilkenny: Omar Mahfoud, Neil Kidd, Richie Dore, Liam Mulligan, Emmett Hughes, Stuart Bradley, Dara Chadwick, Eric Comerford (Capt), James O’Reilly, Tristan Lynas, Lee Chadwick, Evan Mathews, Adam Lynas, Danny Mulligan, Dave McClure, Sam Grace
Ballynahinch: Dave Chadwick, Alex Millar, Andrew Mulholland, Ashley Brown, Lee Thomas, Leslie Harrison, Leslie Harrison, Mark Graham (Capt), David Bolton, Andrew McIlwaine, Stuart Hunter, Gary Graham, Darren Rose, Lawrence Patterson, David Ross, Grant Hayes, Jason Campbell