This was a rattling good junior hurling league game between two of the leading lights in the South.
At home in their well-presented sports complex, Kilmacow were fastest out of traps when Richie McNamara (free) and Peter Mullally had them in the early lead after six minutes.
Scores were difficult to engineer, partly through solid defensive work by defenders, and partly due to poor option-taking from forwards in impossible positions.
Martin Power was busy and successful in keeping his side in the game during the first fifteen minutes, and in the 16th minute, with Piltown adrift by three points, they won a 20-metre free. Peter McCarthy, the Piltown centre back slammed it home despite the best efforts of Richie O’Neill.
But still the home side were much the busier during the latter end of the first half.
Their forwards, led by Luke Harney were sharper, and more methodical. John Hayes, Richie McNamara from frees, and Shay Dempsey were cranking up the scores on the board, and at half time they led, with comfort, by 0-15 to Piltown’s 1-7.
Piltown went chasing the initiative in the second half.
They dominated the opening 15 minutes and by the 50th minute they were just behind a Kilmacow side who were now fighting a defensive action with a torrid determination.
David Kinsella, the Piltown forward leader, was cutting holes through the central defensive battlements.
Robbie Culleton was causing unabridged trouble on the Kilmacow defensive flanks, and from looking near winners, the home side were struggling to plug the holes in the middle third of the park.
Richie O’Neill was massive in keeping the co-ordinates in tact around his full back line.
Ian Aherne, Dean Power, Ryan McKenna, and Peter Mullally in the fist half emptied the barrel for Kilmacow. But still Piltown poured forward. Philly Kenny, and Martin Power took over the ownership of midfield for a long period.
Kilmacow just could not pierce the Piltown half back line. By the 58th minute, Piltown were just behind by a single point.
They were still threatening to win the game, but a couple of last-ditch attacks by the home side, led by Josh Tobin threw up two valuable scores, which helped to get Kilmacow over the winning line in front.
Kilmacow probably deserved to win, but they have a tendency of not being able to kill off a game when they are in a position to do so.
Piltown will play a lot worse and win.
They had solid performers in Pa Connolly, Thomas Talbot, Peter McCarthy, and certainly Kevin Walsh in defence. Martin power and Philly Kenny won the midfield battle, but other than Culleton and Shane Kinsella, Piltown were too light weight in that area to win games such as this one.
Scorers: Kilmacow - Richie McNamara (0-7, five frees); Shay Dempsey (0-4); John Hayes (0-3); Peter Mullally, Luke Harney, Josh Tobin (0-2 each). Piltown - Martin Power (0-10, seven frees); Peter McCarthy (1-1, frees); Philly Kenny, Nollaig Brophy, Neil Kelly, David Kinsella (0-1 each).
Kilmacow - Richie O’Neill, Ian Aherne, Robbie Hennessy, Brian Fleming, Ryan McKenna, Dean Power, Robbie O’Keeffe, Paddy O’Keeffe, Richie Walsh, John Hayes, Peter Mullally, Luke Harney, Josh Tobin, Richie McNamara, Shay Dempsey. Subs - Sean Flynn, Andy Kearns, Dylan Cooke, Shane Harney.
Piltown - David Burchill, Brendan Norris, Pa Connolly, Peter Kelly, Tomas Talbot, Peter McCarthy, Kevin Walsh, Philly Kenny, Martin Power, Andrew Norris, Neil Kelly, Nollaig Brophy, James Norris, Shane Kinsella, Robbie Culleton. Subs - David Kinsella, Conor O’Shea, Andrew McCarthy.
Referee - M. O’Sullivan (Shamrocks).