Warwickshire kept up their 100% record in division 3A of the Allianz hurling league, practically assuring themselves of a place in the final, with one round to go, when they held out for the narrowest of victories against aresurgent Monaghan in this entertaining contest that built to a nerve tingling finish in Pairc na hEeireann, Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
Warwickshire led at half-time by 2-8 to 1-6, after the sides had been level at 1-1 apiece after 12 minutes. In the 3rd quarter Warwickshire took a firmer foothold and with 10 minutes of normal time remaining they had opened a 6 points lead, 2-15 to 2-9 but Monaghan battled back to outscore the home side by 1-4 to 0-2, in the closing stages but just could not close the gap completely and that one point defeat effectively ends Monaghan's interest in the latter stages of Division 3A.
Scorers: Warwickshire: N McKenna (1-4, 0-2f); D Nugent (1-2, 0-1f); K Magee (0-3); J Collins (0-2); S Caulfield (0-2); P Hoban (0-1); N Kennedy (0-1); P Scally (0-1); I Dwyer (0-1).
Monaghan: F Rafter (0-11, 8f, 2'65); E Collins (1-2); P McGahon (1-0); M Treanor (1-0).
Warwickshire: C Robbins; D Bruen, A Downey, M O'Regan; J Collins, P Hoban, D Kennedy; P Uniacke, S Caulfield; N McKenna, N Kennedy, P Scally; I Dwyer, DNugent, G Lennon. Subs: K Magee for G Lennon (35); B Fallon for I Dwyer (51).
Monaghan: P Bermingham, J Guinan, K Crawley, B Flanagan, N Garland, P Finnegan, M Murphy, M Treanor, P Treanor, F Rafter, A Kenny, C Flynn, P McGahon, E Collins, B McGuigan.
Referee: Aidan Ferguson (Fermanagh).