Billy Drennan the star of the show as Kilkenny’s young guns see off Limerick in the U20 Hurling final

Billy Drennan

A great win for Kilkenny.

Kilkenny claimed the All-Ireland U20 Hurling Championship crown on Sunday, edging out Limerick by a single point in the Semple Stadium decider.

Winning by a score of 0-19 to 0-18, the Cats put the gloss on a fine year for them at U20, after winning the Leinster title against just a few week’s previous.

There was devastation for Limerick although, with Colin Coughlan missing a late chance for a point, which would have levelled the contest with the last effort of the game.

“Thank god today was our day..”

In the game itself, Kilkenny were able to nudge in front of Limerick in the second period, and held out for a big win.

Of the many who impressed was Billy Drennan, who racked up a fine individual tally of 0-08 on the day. The win also saw the Cats bridge a 14-year gap for success at the age level.

Speaking after the game, Drennan cut a visibly delighted figure as Kilkenny brought an end to their famine.

“It’s brilliant to get one over. We have lost two All-Ireland finals before so we knew we had to push ourselves today, and thank god today was our day.

“We attack together and defend together, so we knew if we stayed back and played the ball through there would be an overlap. There was space inside for us.

“There was only one point in it every time I looked up at the scoreboard. It was only at the end when I looked up at the score and there was three minutes up, so I was delighted.”

Kilkenny v Limerick.

In securing their U20 crown, the win sees Kilkenny set up a potentially exciting summer for the county at all levels, with their senior side getting set for a Leinster final against Galway.

Brian Cody’s side, although, head into the Leinster final after losing their last Leinster Championship game against Wexford at Nowlan Park.

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