It was a compelling case for the attack as Richie Power delivered a strong statement of intent for inclusion in the Kilkenny team for a certain big hurling game coming up shortly.
The Carrickshock man was a bit part player in the recent All-Ireland senior semi-final win over Limerick. Injury curtailed his training which shunted him on to the bench. He saw action from the 53rd minute; grabbed a goal and suggested good things.
On Saturday in this senior hurling league tie in Tom Ryall Park, Power delivered - big time. He left his stamp of class all over proceedings. He scored 1-13, including six points from frees and two more from 65s’. On top of that there were three ‘assists’. And on top of that again, there was an exquisite touch, an absolute belief that the body could execute the vision of the mind.
Unless injury strikes again - he has been downed twice this season - Power is ready for September 7!
In every sense the former All-Star chose a good time to perform big. There was a message for team boss Brian Cody. His club needed the win to restore lost pride and confidence, and, of course, to end all fears of relegation. Defeat has left St Martin’s (Muckalee) in the relegation quagmire.
There was one dark moment in an otherwise open and honest contest. A row broke out around the end of the third quarter which ended with John Tennyson (C) and John Maher (St M) being dismissed and John Murphy (C) being taken from the field suffering a suspected concussion. Admid the mayhem, which led to the game being interrupted for minutes as the referee consulted with linesmen and umpires, Richie Power plundered a goal.
The score all but finished the match, leaving Martin’s 1-18 to 1-9 behind. Actually, were it not for fine goalie Colin McGrath, St Martin’s might have been gone earlier. He brought off three good stops before that; from Michael Rohan (7th min) and Shane Power (24th min) before he brought off a brave body block from Power in the 35th minute.
Both sides enjoyed moments in front during the opening quarter, at the end of which the score was 1-4 (St M) to 0-7. Jamie Power then clipped over a pair of nice points, with assists from David Franks and his brother, Richie, to shoot them on their way to a half-time lead of 0-13 to 1-6.
The winners upped their work-rate after the turn. They piled up the points. A grand one from an 80 metre free by John Dalton left them 0-17 to 1-7 clear in the 40th minute. Martin’s pulled back a pair of minors through John Maher, but Richie Power nearly broke the cross-back with a bullet like effort moments later.
Within two minutes Power sneaked the goal he had promised as chaos reigned out the field. The contest ended there.
SCORERS: Carrickshock - Richie Power (1-13, 0-6 frees, two 65s); Jamie Power (0-3); John Power, Kevin Farrell, Paddy Mulcahy (0-2 each); John Dalton (0-1, free); Edward Dunphy (0-1). St Martin’s - John Maher (1-8, six points frees); Eoin McGrath (0-3, frees); Luke Maher (1-0); James Dowling (0-1).
Carrickshock - Emmett Dunphy, John Murphy, John Dalton, Niall Tennyson, John Cahill, John Tennyson, Pat Tennyson, John Power, Paddy Mulcahy, Jamie Power, Michael Rohan, David Franks, Kevin Farrell, Richie Power, Brian Donovan. Subs - Shane Power, Edward Dunphy, John Powser (Lismatigue).
St Martin’s - Colin McGrath, James Maher, Ollie Walsh, Shane Cadigan, Brian Mulhall, Patrick Nolan, Brian Byrne, Canice Maher, James Dowling, Paul Maher, Thomas Breen, Eoin McGrath, Michael Morrissey, John Maher, Robert Shore. Subs - Noel Darcy, Shane Kinsella, Luke Maher.
Referee - Peter Burke (Emeralds).