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Dicksboro’s Shane Stapleton, a former Dublin senior hurler, scores in the penalty shootout during Saturday’s Kilkenny SHL final victory over O’Loughlin Gaels at UPMC Nowlan Park

Dicksboro’s Shane Stapleton, a former Dublin senior hurler, scores in the penalty shootout during Saturday’s Kilkenny SHL final victory over O’Loughlin Gaels at UPMC Nowlan Park

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Dicksboro’s Shane Stapleton, a former Dublin senior hurler, scores in the penalty shootout during Saturday’s Kilkenny SHL final victory over O’Loughlin Gaels at UPMC Nowlan Park

Dicksboro retained the Kilkenny SHL title but were pushed all the way to penalties, after the game had finished 1-20 each after extra-time, by city rivals O'Loughlin Gaels before they got their hands on the silverware.

In a game which twisted this way and that the 'Boro prevailed 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out at UPMC Nowlan Park on Saturday afternoon.

Former Dublin senior hurler Shane Stapleton and Oisín Gough handed their side the advantage when they beat netminder Stephen Murphy with Dicksboro's opening two efforts.

Goalkeeper Darragh Holohan also played a big part, saving penalties from Mark Bergin and Eoin O'Shea while his opposite number Murphy hit the bar with his strike. When Aidan Nolan drilled his effort to the net, the title was theirs again.

In an evenly-matched first half the sides were locked at 0-8 to 0-8 by half-time. O'Loughlin's goalkeeper Stephen Murphy was prominent in the opening 30 minutes, converting two lengthy frees while he also made two great saves to prevent Liam Moore and Aidan Nolan from raising green flags for the 'Boro.

Dicksboro made a charge after the break, putting together six unanswered points through Palmerstown native Stapleton (three), Bill Sheehan (two) and Oisin Gough.

O'Loughlin's had been scoreless since half-time but perked up in the final quarter. A scoring rally, led by a Davy Burke goal and three Mark Bergin frees, got them back into the game.

Again Dicksboro pressed on, going ahead once more through points from Liam Moore and a Stapleton free, who amassed 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1pen, 0-1 '65') but like scores from Bergin meant extra-time was called for (0-16 to 1-13).

O'Loughlin's had the upper hand by half-time in extra-time, Bergin (free) and Cian Loy helping them into a 1-16 to 0-18. Dicksboro struck what looked a decisive blow when Aidan Nolan broke through for a goal on 78 minutes, but one last Bergin free sent the game to penalties.

In the Waterford SHC Passage held off Mount Sion, 0-26 to 1-21, in a thriller at Walsh Park to progress to the final. They will meet Ballygunner in next week's final.

Passage were 0-17 to 1-6 ahead at the break but Mount Sion had the wind to come and reduced the lead to two points heading for the conclusion. In a frantic finale, Austin Gleeson had a goal attempt blocked and Passage survived.

In the Carlow SHC semi-finals Mount Leinster Rangers cruised past Naomh Eoin 1-22 to 0-11. They were seven points to the good at the break, 0-12 to 0-5, and pulled away easily thereafter, with Chris Nolan striking their goal 13 minutes into the second-half.