De La Salle are back in the County Senior hurling Championship Final for the first time in five seasons after a narrow one point win over Eastern rivals Passage in testing conditions at Walsh Park this afternoon.
The sides were level at the break, 2-4 to 1-7.
Thomas and Aaron Connors found the net for the Reds before Kevin Moran who was moved to full forward got a goal for De la Salle before the interval.
The second half was nip and tuck with both sides giving in everything, De La Salle did open up a three point lead late on but Passage came roaring back, Eoin Kelly was hauled down inside the penalty area and Owen Connors rattled the net to tie up proceedings.
Extra-time was looming, but Jack Fagan had other ideas and the Meath native hit over the winning score deep into stoppage time to see the Gracedieu side advance to the County Final.
De La Salle Manager Owen Dunphy was relieved to get the win and said that it’s great to be back in a County Final.
The second semi-final is coming up shortly, Fraher Field plays host to the meeting of four in a row chasing Ballygunner who take on Lismore, throw-in is at 6:30.
And WLR will be broadcasting the game live with thanks to George Corbett Skoda, commentary team of Kieran O’ Connor and Eoin Murphy.