Whatever influences have emerged in the Slieverue club of late, there is no doubt that everything is on the ascending graph, a climb that has become very obvious in the recent adult competitions.
We saw them play with tremendous composure and confidence recently against Bennettsbridge. They followed that effort with an equally compelling outing against John Lockes, and while they came a cropper against Mullinavat of late, they re-invented themselves with this commendable effort against fancied Piltown in Carrigeen on Friday in the junior hurling ‘B’ championship.
This was an excellently competitive game, even if the skill levels fell somewhat short at times. But what was lacking in skill was more than compensated for in determination, honest endeavour, and some excellent shooting by players like Eoin Kelly- one for the future- Martin Dowling, John Rellis, Philly Kenny (he missed a few too), Dean Brophy, and Aidan Nugent.
A goal by Dean Brophy and a brace of frees by Philly Kenny had the Piltown men ahead after ten minutes by a single point. Slieverue had points by Eoin Kenny, Jamie Murphy and Martin Dowling. By the 17th minute, the sides were level.
At 26 minutes, Slieverue, hurling better than the Piltown men at this stage, led by two points. But Piltown’s flying wing forward, Aidan Nugent managed to slip home a goal for his side in the 27th minute, and the pendalum of supremacy had done a complete about face.
Within a couple of minutes, County Minor, Eoin Kenny (he is eligible again next year) drove over two frees, and Slieverue again were top dog on the board.
They were still out in front at the break: Slieverue 0-13, Piltown 2-5.
Piltown were further depressed in the 37th minute when some tremendous work by Eoin Kenny provided full forward, John Rellis with a goal opportunity, of which he graciously availed.
As often happens, the bould Piltown men, shaken but not perturbed attacked from the puck-out, and Aidan Ryan nullified Rellise’s effort with a stinger. Rellis encored his initial effort with a blinder of a goal for Slieverue in the 43rd minute.
One could not see how Piltown, trying as hard as they did, getting back into the lead. From Rellise’s second effort to the finish, honours were even, with Piltown looking the more menacing, but never looking like winners.
Slieverue were well served by Alan Atkins at full back, Ricky Hogan, Donnacha Griffin, Bill Irish, Aaron Cunningham, martin Dowling, Steven Dolan, Jamie Murphy, and of course the excellent Kenny. At the risk of boring the pants off you, there are great things happening down Slieverue way
Piltown were not short of solid performers like Tomas Talbot, Conor O’Shea, Martin Kirby, Philly Kenny, Aidan Nugent, Donal and Aidan Ryan, David Kinsella and Dean Brophy.
Scorers: Slieverue - Eoin Kenny (0-12, eight frees); John Rellis (2-1); Martin Dowling, Aaron Cunningham (0-2 each); Jamie Murphy, Bill Irish (0-1 each). Piltown - Philly Kenny (0-7, three frees); Dean Brophy (1-1); Aidan Ryan, Aidan Nugent (1-0 each); Andrew Norris, David Kinsella (0-1).
Slieverue - Noel Wall, Richie Roche, Alan Atkins, Michael Forristall, David Walsh, Ricky Hogan, Donnacha Griffin, Eoin Kenny, Bill Irish, Aaron Cunningham, Martin Dowling, Robbie Roche, Steve Dolan, John Rellis, Jamie Murphy.
Piltown - Adam Murphy, Jamie Murphy, James Connolly, Brian Gallagher, Tomas Talbot, Conor O’Shea, Martin Kirby, Philly Kenny, Andrew Norris, Aidan Nugent, Donal Ryan, Aidan Ryan, Francis O’Brien, David Kinsella, Dean Brophy. Sub - Shane Aherne.
Referee - P.Whelan (Mullinavat).