The Allianz Cumann-na-mBunscoil hurling leagues sprung into action last week with a full programme of matches across three divisions. Our featured match this week comes from the Top Oil Roinn C South section where Kilmacow played host to Carrickshock.
This game was played in ideal conditions on a well prepared Kilmacow pitch. The home side took the points but only just held out against a spirited second half performance from the visitors.
Kilmacow won the toss and elected to play with the wind. They were soon in front thanks to a goal from Colm Dolan. The home side were enjoying the better of things and they added a point from Oisin Dwyer and a goal from Cormac Suffin to strengthen their grip on the game.
Carrickshock were guilty of some wayward shooting. They were finding it difficult to get any foothold in the game. By half-time Kilmacow led by 2-2 to 0-2. Carrickshock’s points came from Dan Blanchfield.
The losers came out in determined mood in the second half, but they found it difficult to get past a wholehearted Kilmacow defence which was superbly marshalled by Oisin Dwyer. The scoreboard remained unchanged during the opening 15 minutes of the half.
The deadlock was broken when Conor Phelan pointed for Kilmacow. Carrickshock were gradually clawing their way back into the game. Points from Dan Blanchfield and Eoin O’Neill reduced the deficit.
With one minute left Dan Blanchfield found the net, a great goal, to leave the minimum separating the sides. Try as they might the visitors could not snatch an equaliser and Kilmacow held on for a fine victory.
This was a good entertaining game. It produced a fine level of skill and commitment from both sides.
Scorers: Kilmacow - Colm Dolan (1-0); Cormac Suffin (1-0); Oisin Dwyer (0-2); Conor Phelan (0-1). Carrickshock - Dan Blanchfield (1-4); Eoin O’Neill (0-1).
Kilmacow - Patrick Dollard, Dean Scully, Oisin Dwyer, Darragh Buckley, John Twomey, Jack Power, David Gahan, Niall Bowe, Thomas Sheridan, Cormac Suffin, Conor Phelan, Paddy Walsh, Ryan O’Connor, Shane Irish, Colm Doran.
Carrickshock - Christopher Grace, Jamie Barron, Ben Fitzpatrick, Sean Cassin, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Michael Murphy, P.J. Fennelly, Harry Walsh, Barry Lennon, Eoin O’Neill, Jake O’Dwyer, Liam Barron, Denis Walsh, Dan Blanchfield, Padraig Lennon.