This was an interesting contest in the All County junior hurling league in that the losers (Blacks and Whites) fought with an equal amount of drive and determination, but a combination of poor shooting and poorer option taking cost themwhen beaten by 2-10 to 0-11, writes Barrie Henriques.
Piltown, once Nicky Kenny slotted home their first goal in the 22nd minute, grew in confidence and stature, and their game grew in tandem. Their defence was very solid, with goalkeeper, Andrew Norris very safe.
Shane Kinsella had the best game for yonks in the Piltown shirt at fullback, while the reliable Pa Connolly, Neil Kelly and Andrew McCarthy (second half) were very alert once a semblance of danger came across the horizon. Philly Kenny won a major amount of ball in the midfield area, and even though he had played the proverbial stormer less than 24 hours earlier, his industry was still razor sharp.
Nickey shot his goal well, and he was hugely instrumental in co-ordinating many of the Piltown forward moves. John Murphy was very cool and confident between the sticks for the Skeaugh men. Sean Kealy was dominant at number three, while Michael Maloney at centre back couldn’t have used any more energy in preventing the Piltown forwards making ground.
A big powerful man with a big powerful impediment to prospective predators. Chap Cleere, and Niall Kennedy worked their socks off for the cause, while Jamie O’Byrne, and Kevin Fitzgerald never flinched even in the face of a very strong Piltown presence.
It was very close for the initial 22 minutes with Piltown leading by the odd point in seven. Then we had the Kenny
goal, and that effort precipitated a Piltown surge that saw them reach the break leading by four points (1-7 to 0-6).
Three unanswered points from Mo Moloney and Jamie O’Byrne (2) pulled the Blacks and Whites well inside the
shadow of the home side. Just when it seemed that the home side were about to implode, a well-worked goal was
slammed home by Martin Power in the 35th minute.
The Kenny brothers added points from play, and the good ship Piltown was back on an even keel.
The losers indulged themselves in a sequence of squander mania, driving five successive balls wide of Andrew
Norris’s’ posts. Norris made a point blank save, and at the 51st minute mark, it seemed that Piltown looked the more
likely. The closing minutes were abrasive, and tough, but the winners on balance finished the stronger, but it should have
Scorers: Piltown - Martin Power (1-5, five pointed frees); Nicky Kenny (1-2); Philly Kenny (0-2); Andrew McCarthy (0-1). Blacks and Whites - Niall Kennedy (0-6, five frees); Jamie O’Byrne (0-2); Paul Murphy, Mo Moloney, Chap Cleere (0-1 each).
Piltown - Andrew Norris, Brendan Norris, Shane Kinsella, Pa Connolly, Donal Ryan, Andrew McCarthy, Neil Kelly, Kevin Walsh, Philly Kenny, Nicky Kenny, Daniel Norris, Robbie Culleton, Richie Phelan, Martin Power, David Kinsella. Subs - Adam Murphy, Dean Brophy.
Blacks and Whites - John Murphy, Pauric Joyce, Sean Kealy, Brian Cleere, Tommy Joyce, Michael Moloney, Martin Kelly, Paul Murphy, Mo Moloney, John Lennon, Niall Kennedy, Chap Cleere, Josh Murphy, Kevin Fitzgerald, Jamie O’Byrne. Sub - Tommy Farrell.
Referee - Pat Hayes (Graigue-Ballycallan)
The ’Lockes improve and win
John Lockes 1-6
Both teams were short regulars for a wide variety of reasons, but they both tried hard in difficult conditions to outwit and out play each other in the All County junior hurling league. Cloneen, the visitors to Páirc Eamon Ris, got first run of the stormy wind, and by the break they had a four-point advantage.
One suspected that it would not be enough to get them over the winning line, and so it proved. But to their credit they put in a creditable shift, and with a little more accuracy on a few occasions, they might just have returned home with the spoils.
Their first half scores came from Grahan Lalor (0-2, one free), Dean Shortall, Davy Wilson and a Brian Cahill free. John Lockes were equally as wasteful in the second half with wind advantage, as their opponents were when favoured by the wind.
This was a better performance from the Lockes in comparison to their first game and certainly did the better hurling from backs to midfield but it was in the forward line where they were at their weakest. This malady was reciprocated by the Cloneen forward line.
At half time Cloneen led by five points to John Lockes sole score, a point by Simon Burke.
The Callan mentors resighted the whole-hearted John O’Neill at centre forward for the second moiety. This added a some sustenance to a flagging attack that didn’t seem capable of breaking down a very resolute Cloneen defence in which Paul Kelly, Mark Maguire and Darren Close excelled.
O’Neill delivered the badly needed goal in the 52nd minute. He also delivered the winning point some two minutes from the end. Really is a big man with a big heart. In addition to O’Neill, the John Lockes had good performers in Mick Roche, Eoghan Fahy, B.McCormack, Paddy Kennedy and Jim Power.
Cloneen had heroes in Paul Kelly, Brian Cahill, Graham Lalor, and Dean Shortall
Scorers: John Lockes - John O’Neill (1-2, 1-1 frees); James Power (0-2 one free); Bill McCormack, Simon Burke (0-1 each). Cloneen - Graham Lalor (0-4, two frees); Dean Shortall, David Wilson (0-1 each).
John Lockes - Sean Bryan, Liam Kennedy, John O’ Neill, Mick Roche, Bill McCormack, Jack McDowell, Eoghan Fahey, Jim Power (Dunnamaggin), Paddy Kennedy, Matthew Holohan, James Power, Mark Shelly, Simon Burke, Ger Shelly, Subs; Brendan Grace, James Macken, Niall Hennessy.
Cloneen - Sean Geoghegan, Kevin Philips, Paul Kelly, Mark Maguire, Conor McDonald, Darren Close, Fergal Brennan, Dean Shortall, Kevin Delaney, Sean O’Neill, Graham Lawlor, Ronan Walsh, David Wilson, Paul Roche, Braonain Buggy.
Referee - J. O’Dwyer (Windgap).
Kilmacow happy with their lot
There was plenty of excitement in Windgap on Sunday when Kilmacow came calling to test the metal of the doughty Windgap battlers in the All County junior hurling league. The howling wind presented plenty of difficulty to all players, but they managed to come to some form of terms with it.
Windgap’s Cian Ryan was certainly one such player to put some manners on the vagaries of the near gale-force wind. He scored eleven of the 14 points racked up by the Windgap lads, seven of them coming from frees from all angles. Not a bad take from a day’s hurling work.
Kilmacow would have been afforded the favourites tag for this one, but like many before them, they found the Windgap lads a tough nut to crack. They got first run with the wind, but they found that their shooting was not as accurate as was needed. In fact they were only level with the home side as the game toddled towards the break, and it was left to a Peter Mullally goal and an Emmett Blanchfield free on the call of half time to afford them an advantage on the turn round.
It looked rather ominous for them - Kilmacow - on the turn over, as a James Murray point after 33 minutes had narrowed the advantage to a single score. However big Shane Gaule put a smile on their faces for a while when he thundered a great shot to the Windgap net, within three minutes of Murray’s effort.
But then Cian Ryan took on the mantle of Windgap Saviour. He belted over seven second half points from play (2) and frees. Luckily for Kilmacow, full forward Peter Mullally managed to grab a couple of very valuable points, which proved gold-plated at the finish.
Windgap did have a last-ditch chance of a levelling point, but it was spurned.
The winners had fine performers in Robbie O’Keeffe, Andrew Kearns, Peter Mullally, and Shay Dempsey. For Windgap, Cian Ryan was their shining star, and he got very good help from William Phelan, and Sean Foley.
Scorers: Kilmacow - Peter Mullally (1-2); Shane Gaule (1-0); Shay Dempsey (0-3, one free); Emmett Blanchfield (0-2, one
free); Josh Tobin, Richie McNamara (0-1 each). Windgap - Cian Ryan ( 0-11, seven frees); Tommy Fleming, James Murray, Conor Lonergan (0-1 each).
Kilmacow - Richie O’Neill, Ian Aherne, Tom Reddy, Dean Power, Rob O’Keeffe, Brian Fleming, Andy Kearns, Emmett Blanchfield, David Ryan, Josh Tobin, Shane Gaule, Paddy O’Keeffe, Richie McNamara, Peter Mullally, Shay Dempsey. Sub - John Hayes.
Windgap - Paul McKenna, Shane Walsh, Peter Landy, William Phelan, Ger Purcell, Philly Lonergan, Sean Foley, Adrian Landy, Matt Enright, Ciaan Ryan, Conor Lonergan, Tommy Fleming, Michael Power, James Murray, Pauric Walsh.
The ’Town battle, but it was not enough
This was a fine contest between two equally balanced teams in the South junior ‘A’ hurling league with the end story a matter of opinion right to the demarcation line. The winners, as gutsy an outfit as you will see in a day’s walk, deserved their laurels, but the home side made the realisation of their ambitions a very tentative expectation well into added time.
In truth, Kilmacow were never headed once Liam Kearns fired over their first score in the first minute. Kearns was brilliantly set up for the score with a delightfully skilled pass across the park by the most stylish, and clinical player on view, Shay Dempsey.
Dempsey really was the difference between the sides, as he was superbly unerring with every attempt at points from frees and play. His ball control was a delight to watch, and he was never mastered all through the game. Not too far behind Dempsey were his wing back colleagues, Andy Kearns and young Ryan McKenna. They certainly emptied the bag for the Kilmacow cause.
At half time Kilmacow led by 0-7 to 0-6. There was plenty of value left in this game for whoever wanted it the most.
A delightful trio of points from Dempsey afforded an extended supremacy to the Kilmacow lads. Liam Kearns and Paddy O’Keeffe held sway at midfield, and but for the efforts of James O’Hanrahan in attack for Thomastown, little else bothered the likes of Ian Aherne, Davy Ryan or McKenna and Co at the stout heart of the Kilmacow defence.
Thomastown managed a temporary spurt of endeavour between the 40th and 56th minutes, but Dempsey with three unanswered comfortable conversions set the seal on a probable victory. Late scores by Podge Caulfield (free) and that O’Hanrahan goal in the 62nd minutes served to tarnish the glow of a very comfortable, well-earned Kilmacow win.
Darragh McGarry, Kieran Treacy, Andy Walsh, Caulfield, Lehane and of course, O’Hanrahan caught the eye from a Thomastown perspective
Scorers: Kilmacow - Shay Dempsey (0-10, seven frees); Andy Kearns, Dylan Cooke, Liam Kearns (0-1 each); Shane Gaule (0-1,
free). Thomastown: James O’Hanrahan (1-3); Podge Caulfield (0-4, three frees, one ’65); Luke Blanchfield, Neil O’Meara (0-1 each).
Kilmacow - John Guidera, Ray Hennessy, Ian Aherne, Jack McGuire, Ryan McKenna, Davy Ryan, Andy Kearns, Liam Kearns, Steven O’Keeffe, Dylan Cooke, Shane Gaule, Emmett Blanchfield, Mark McGuinness, Declan Gahan, Shay Dempsey. Subs - Shane Harney, Ed Irish.
Thomastown - Darragh McGarry, James Burke, Colin Clarke, Kieran Treacy, Luke Blanchfield, James Hoyne, Eoin Treacy, Cian O’Meara, Andy Walsh, Podge Caulfield, Garry Lehane, Neil O’Meara, John Barron, James O’Hanrahan, Paul Barron.
Subs (used): Daniel Whelan, Jamie Lanigan.
Referee - Sean Brennan (James Stephens).
Glen’ happy with their lot
Carrickshock and Glenmore had to battle the prevailing elements and each other for the points in this hard-fought, and harder earned junior ‘A’ contest in Hugginstown on Saturday.
The home side had first use of the elements, and they were availing freely of the advantages it afforded. But it was a tough grind, and even though the home side looked confident in the first 15 inute period, the visitors were not for playing the supporting role. In fact they had 1-3 on the board to the home side’s 1-2 during that period.
At half-time the sides were level with Glenmore accredited with 2-4, and Carrickshock being afforded 1-7. It could have been worse for the home side but for a couple of super late points by John Power, and Kevin Farrell.
It was Carrickshock’s turn to face the climate. However a combination of poor shooting and stoical defending by the likes of Darren O’Dwyer, Kieran Holden, Richie Frisby and Stephen Farrell the Glenmore lads were finding life a tough encounter, and score-getting even tougher. At the end of the third quarter, and even later, the ‘Shock were grimly holding onto the tails of the Glenmore lads. Inside the last seven minutes, they were still level, but points by Paddy Murphy, the Glenmore excellent free taker, and a Shane Doherty goal got the green and gold men out in
front at the real right time.
Glenmore had fine hurlers in Paddy Murphy, Shane Murphy in goal, James IrishKenneth Cottrell, and James Aylward.
In addition to O’Dwyer and Holden, Carrickshock had grand performers in John Power, Kevin Farrell, John Butler, James Grace and Eamon Power.
Scorers: Glenmore - Paddy Murphy (0-6, five frees); Shane Doherty, Kenneth Cottrell, James Aylward (1-1 each). Carrickshock - John Power (0-5, four frees); John Butler (1-2); Kevin Farrell (0-4).
Glenmore - Shane Murphy, David Boyle, Michael Cody, Paddy Foran, David Garvey, James Irish, Sean Duggan, Shane Doherty, Darren Aylward, Philip Roche, George Walsh, Brian O Donoghue, Paddy Murphy, James Aylward, Ger Kehoe. Sub - George Walsh.
Carrickshock - Stephen Farrell, Seamus Millea, Kieran Holden, Richie Frisby, Paddy Mulcahy, Darren O Dwyer, Edward Power,
Eamon Power, James Grace, John Power, Sean Gibbons, John Butler, Kevin Farrell, Pat Dalton, Darragh Brennan.
Referee - J. Kennedy (Shamrocks)
One score was decisive
This spirited encounter in the South junior hurling ‘B’ leauge in Páirc Eamon Ris, Callan, was a fairly evenly contested contest between two sides that were hell bent on getting over the winning line in front. The fact that the locals managed to do so is testament to a vastly improved performance, relative to their first outing against Mullinavat two weeks ago.
Defensively the Callan lads were very solid with Mick Roche, Liam Kennedy and Davy Phelan particularly prominent. The halfback line of Doheny, Nolan and McCormack were more than a match for their opposition, while the midfield pairing of Jim Power and Eoin Fahy were the better pair of the midfielders.
James Power led the attack with confidence while Mark Shelly, Brian McCann, Grace, Corrigan, and O’Connell had their moments. It was nip and tuck all the way through a hard-fought first half. Neither side could claim absolute domination, but some better shooting by the Graignamanagh free taker could have made a difference as the sides shared the spoils at five points apiece at the break.
James Power (two frees and one point from play), Jim Power and Brendan Grace grabbed the Callan five points. Pauric Whelan (0-3, two frees), James McCabe and Tom O’Donnell bagged the Graig haul.
Without being a classic encounter, the game held the interest of all present for the duration. Points by Jim Power and James Power were matched by composite efforts from Tom O’Donnell and Whelan. Whelan drove Graig ahead by the 43rd minute, but a smart goal by Mark Shelly in the 45th minute wrested the lead from Graig, and sent the Callan lads into a two-point advantage.
It was tight as Graig came storming for the advantage, but the locals were not for bending and even though Whelan (2), and McCabe shot the three points before the end, points from Hennessy, McCormack, Grace and James Power were enough to earn the John Lockes their second brace of points in the competition.
Graignamanagh had fine performers in Kevin Canning, Sean O’Brien, Nick O’Donnell, Adam Kennedy, and Tom O’Donnell.
Scorers: John Lockes - James Power (0-5, three frees); Mark Shelly (1-0); Jim Power, Brendan Grace (0-2 each); Niall Hennessy (0-1); B.McCormack (0-1, free). Graignamanagh - Pauric Whelan (0-7, one free); Tom O’Donnell, James McCabe (0-2 each).
John Lockes - Sean Bryan, David Phelan, Mick Roche, Liam Kennedy, Dan Doheny, Bill McCormack, Mark Nolan, Jim Power, Eoin Fahy, Mark Shelly, James Power, Brian McCann, Martin O’Connell, Brendan Grace, J.J. Corrigan. Subs - Paddy Holden, Conor Quinlan, Niall Hennessy.
Graignamanagh - Ian Kavanagh, James Sheehy, Jim O’Donnell, Liam Hearne, Kevin Canning, Sean O’Brien, Nick O’Donnell, Adam Kennedy, Tom O’Donnell, Sean Dowling, Paul Whelan, Dane Mangan, James McCabe, Jamie McGrath, Seamus Kavanagh. Subs - Mickie Dunne, Steven Browne.
Referee - R. Dowling (Kilmacow)
Piltown happy with a big score
In dreadful conditions in Piltown on Saturday, the home side proved a far too onerous task for Mullinavat as they dominated proceedings for long periods to win this South junior hurling ‘B’ league clash.
In fact there was a time in the second half when one wondered if Mullinavat might ever record a score, such was the superiority of the black and amber brigade. Their first second half score was posted in the 51st minute, compliments of their ace free-taker Brian Kenneally.
It was quickly followed by a cracking Steven Ryan goal, but it truth it was purely a cosmetic exercise, as the Piltown
goose had flown the nest. The Piltown lads worked better as a cohesive unit, with some very intelligent bouts of good possession, good
striking, and very good awareness.
In birthday boy Philly Kenny, they had a lethal executioner, whose every effort was solid gold. With a sliothar like a s sodden ship’s doy, and a very uncomfortable persistent heavy mist, this will-‘o-the- wisp posted some magnificent scores. His free-taking was excellence personified, and his inter-play with colleagues was performed with a terrific dexterity.
Piltown won most of the battles, but in the cold light of the aftermath, I felt that the Mullinavat lads were better than the score would suggest. They tried exceptionally hard, but their final ball was their Achilles heel – it murdered them.
At half time, Piltown led by 0-9 to 1-4.
Kenny was central to that statistic, clattering over five good frees, one a ’65. Richie Phelan gave him a hand, so too did young Francie O’Brien. Donal Ryan weighed in with one, as did Andrew Norris. The Mullinavat goal on the stroke of the half hour was rushed over the line, with Steven Ryan getting the final touch.
It was all Piltown in the second half on the scoreboard at least, but the Vat men pushed the boat as hard as they could to. They never lost their determination to maintain their pride.
Scorers: Piltown - Philly Kenny (0-10, six frees, one ’65); Francie O’Brien (1-1); Richie Phelan, Donal Ryan, Andrew
Norris, David Kinsella, Nollaig Brophy (0-2 each). Mullinavat - Steven Ryan (2-0); Brian Kenneally (0-3, frees); John Reid (0-2); Paddy Jones, Eoin Maher (0-1 each).
Piltown - David Norris, Jamie Murphy, Pa Connolly, Ryan Gallagher, Donal Ryan, Thomas Talbot, Michael O’Dwyer, Philly Kenny, Andrew Norris, Adam Murphy, David Kinsella, Francie O’Brien, Shane Aherne, Dean Brophy, Richie Phelan. Subs - Liam Flynn, Liam Knox.
Mullinavat - Conor Frisby, Ryan Bland, Shane Frisby, Mossy Jones, Conor Duggan, JT Murphy, Michael Duggan, Eoin Maher, John Reid, Richie Cunningham, Brian Kenneally, Jim Mc Donald, Paddy Jones, Steven Ryan. Paul Culleton.
Referee - D. Connolly (Mooncoin).
Daylight robbery it wasn’t
Battling Windgap came from the throes of a death rattle to extricate parity from their clash with the Rower-Inistioge in Inistioge on a wet, dreary, unappetising evening on Saturday in the South junior hurling ‘B’ league.
Difficult to hurl. Difficult to do anything with a ball or hurl or hand that would earn rapturous acclaim from the gathered hordes. For a start, there was only a small handful of human form present, and the rest of the crowd was made up of beached water fowl and little else.
That the game was the quintessential game of two halves is born out by a quick glance of the statistics from both halves. The Rower were favoured by the elements firstly, and by the 27th minute, thay had ornamented the scoreboard with a tidy 1-8 to which was added on the opposite side of the same board a single point for Windgap.
However with two minutes remaining in that first half, a strong run by Windgap’s Tommy Lonergan set up his corner forward colleague, Daniel Cassin, who slammed home a great goal. At half time, the Rower led by 1-9 to 1-1. The home side looked the surest of winners.
It still looked that way with five minutes remaining, as they led by 1-12 to Windgap’s 3-2. But Windgap are nothing if not cussed in the face of adversity. Ger Purcell was introduced with barely added time remaining.
In the 59th minute, he belted a ’65 between the Rower posts. He followed that up within another sixty seconds with another 65 that roared straight to the net. Daylight robbery you might suggest, but you never think that when Windgap hurlers are on a pitch.
Scorers: Rower-Inistioge - Michael McDonald (1-2); David Dunphy (0-4); Michael Doyle (0-2); Daniel Cottrell (0-2, frees); Conor Lyng, Pauric Ryan (0-1 each). Windgap - Tom Lonergan (1-1, pointed free); Ger Purcell (1-1, frees); Paul McKenna, Donal Cassin (1-0 each); Paul Comerford (0-1).
Rower-Inistioge - David Murphy, Diarmuid Aspel, Pauric Flood, Eugene Murphy, Robert Muldoon, Pauric Lyng, Niall Walsh, Pauric Ryan, Richie Ryan, Sean Grace, David Dunphy, Michael McDonald, Michael Doyle, Conor Lyng, Daniel Cottrell. Sub - J.J. Fitzpatrick
Windgap - Michael Power, Pa Moore, Shane Walsh, Ed Cunningham, Darren Walsh, Brendan Power, Garry Lyons, Adrian Landy, Kieran Power, P.J. Barron, Tom Lonergan, Seamie Hennessy, Paul Comerford, Paul McKenna, Daniel Cassin. Sub - Ger Purcell.
Referee - John Minogue (Thomastown)
Mooncoin win THE derby
The ‘annual derby of all derbies’ was played in Asper Park on Saturday when brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles were divided as Carrigeen and Mooncoin went nose to nose to decide the bragging rites, and the match result in the South junior ‘B’ hurling League.
Mooncoin, of course, would be the expected favourites to win, but you never know with in-house competition. Mooncoin were by far the livelier from the start as they made their presence felt early on with plenty of attacks that yielded some fine points before half time. But it was the home side who troubled the scorekeeper initially when Johnny Cooney slotted over a grand point from a placed ball in the fourth minute.
Cooney missed with another effort shortly afterwards. Liam (Bull) Walsh opened the Mooncoin account in the 9 th minute, to which Niall
O’Hanlon added a similar score six minutes later. Further points by Walsh (Bull) (4), Sean Walsh, and a long Tom
Hennebery free, had the winners in a comfortable lead at the break: Mooncoin 0-9, Carrigeen 0-2.
Carrigeen were to score a mere two points for the rest of the game, while the victors dominated at their ease. The ‘Bull’ Walsh again led the charge of the Mooncoin Brigade as they laid siege to the Carrigeen battlements. He was afforded good support by the likes of Eric Wall, Joey O’Hanlon, Johnny Fitzgerald, and Tom Hennebry.
The Carrageen defence found itself under an enormous groundswell of pressure, and they must be commended for their dedication to defending the near indefensible. Hillary Delahunty was one of the stalwarts of that defence as were Jim Power, Richie O’Brien and Mark Dempsey.
Scorers: Mooncoin - Liam ‘Bull’ Walsh (0-9, five frees); John Fitzgerald, Tom Hennebery, Sean Walsh (0-1 each); Niall
O’Hanlon (0-1, free). Carrageen - John Cooney (0-3, frees); Jamie Carroll (0-1).
Mooncoin - Liam (Shorty) walsh, Ian Dunphy, Johnny Phelan, Michael O’Hanlon, Jackie Ryan, Tom Hennebery, Conor Brophy, Sean walsh, Niall O’Hanlon, Paudie Walsh, Eric Wall, Christy Walsh, AJ.Wall, Liam “Bull” Walsh, Robert Walsh. Subs - Kieran Dunphy, John Fitzgerald, Joey O’Hanlon, Adrian O’Keeffe, Stephen Wall.
Carrigeen - James Power, Hilary Delahunty, Richard O’Brien, Anthony O’Brien, Richie Roche, Mark Dempsey, Stephen Blackmore, Christopher O’Hanlon, Cathal O’Keeffe, Kevin Murphy, David Byrne, Jamie Carroll, Fintan Dermody, Colin Walsh, John Cooney.
Referee - R. Byrne