JAMES Stephens avenged their county decider defeats of 2007 and 2008 to cause the club upset of the season so far by beating All-Ireland favourites Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-20 to 0-15 in yesterday's Kilkenny SHC final replay at Nowlan Park.
Former Hurler of the Year Eoin Larkin was central the The Village's success, amassing 1-11 of the tally after starring in the drawn match just seven days earlier.
Kilkenny's All-Ireland winning colleagues Jackie Tyrrell and Michael Colin Fennelly were sent off for a clash early in the second half and despite the influence of Henry Shefflin, who managed seven points (4f, one '65'), James Stephens progressed into a Leinster club SHC quarter-final clash with Wexford champions Oulart The Ballagh next weekend.
LOUTH's prolific midfielder Paddy Keenan kept true to his reputation by kicking 1-2 for St Patrick's in their 1-12 to 0-9 victory over Newtown Blues in their county final replay yesterday in St Brigid's Park.
The victory - St Patrick's fourth Louth title in nine seasons -- sets the club up for a Leinster club SFC clash with provincial favourites Portlaoise on November 13.
COROFIN, meanwhile, are the new Galway senior football champions after a comprehensive 0-16 to 1-6 win over Tuam Stars in Tuam.
Tuam won the toss and opted to play against the strong wind, but with Alan O'Donovan inspirational throughout and kicking 10 points, Corofin had the match already wrapped up by half-time.