’Shock too strong for gallant Graigue

Sam Matthews

Sam Matthews

Carrickshock 1-17

Graigue-Ballycallan 0-9

IT WAS THE result most people expected, but that will be of little solace to Graigue-Ballycallan, who remain at the bottom of the group two senior hurling league table with no points.

In truth, they were simply outgunned from the beginning of this senior club clash in Thomastown on Saturday evening.

Michael Rice, not long back from injury, gave a brilliant display. Graigue Ballycallan had no answers to his near-telepathic understanding with Richie Power.

The pair’s inter-play tormented the defence, particularly in the first half when Power regularly dropped back at pace to collect inch-perfect passes from Rice.

It was Richie Power who opened the scoring, with a wonderful take-and-turn to split the posts.

Graigue-Ballycallan had an opportunity to respond following a foul on Ciaran Hoyne, but the ball sailed wide. ’Shock got their noses further in front, with a wonderful point from John Power.

James Ryall put the Graigue men on the scoreboard after a surging run through midfield, before Mark O’Dwyer caught a deft John Power pass to point for Carrickshock (0-3 to 0-1).

David Franks managed to break up a Graigue attack, winning the ball at the back, before finding Michael Rice. Rice’s slick pass found Richie Power, who pointed again. Adrian Burke replied in kind, sending one over from considerable distance, before Power knocked over his first free of the day, followed by a 65.

Graigue looked off-colour in the early exchanges, with unforced errors creeping into their game. Carrickshock were able to capitalise on this with some very good, fluid passing while John Dalton loomed large at the back.

Although the Graigue men hit a string of wides they did manage to reduce the gap back to two thanks to points from Eddie Brennan and Aidan Burke (0-6 to 0-4).

Mayhem

Michael Rice was causing mayhem along the right again, this time with a swift change of direction before hitting a beautiful lofted ball to John Power. Pat Tennyson and Jamie Power also added their names to the scoresheet as the ’Shock surged towards the interval.

John Cahill did a fine job reining in Eddie Brennan, pressuring him to hit wide, before Jamie Power notched another point. That was enough to leave his side four clear at the break (0-9 to 0-5).

If the men in sky blue had planned to stage a second half rally, their hopes went badly awry as John Power ghosted through the defence to find the net inside 60 seconds. Aidan Burke responded with a point, before Michael Rohan was fouled at the other end, giving Richie Power another chance to cancel it out (1-10 to 0-6).

More followed from Jamie Power and Michael Rohan, with James Ryall responding in kind. Aidan Burke hit another two points to stay within touching distance but Pat Tennyson, who had a fine game, found a point of his own.

Another string of Graigue wides came just before the end. Points followed from Richie and Jamie Power for Carrickshock, while David Franks again showed canny defending with his careful challenge to halt the charging run of Aidan Burke.

A late free saw Burke go for a goal - it was stopped on the line - but in truth the game was beyond them by then. In one of the closing acts of the match, Michael Rohan rose gracefully to catch the sliotar, turning upon landing to put Mark O’Dwyer through for his second point of the day.

SCORERS: Carrickshock - Richie Power (0-9); John Power (1-1); Jamie Power (0-3); Mark O’Dwyer (0-2); Michael Rohan, Pat Tennyson (0-1 each). Graigue-Ballycallan - Adrian Burke (0-5); James Ryall (0-2); Eddie Brennan, Niall Millea (0-1 each).

Carrickshock - P. Farrell, J. Tennyson, L. Gaule, D. Franks, N. Tennyson, J. Dalton, P. Tennyson, J. Cahill, M. Rice, R. Power, Jamie Power, M. Rohan, M. O’Dwyer, John Power, B. Donovan.

Graigue-Ballycallan - P.J. Trant, D. Egan, M. Hoyne, S. Murphy, J. Murphy, J. Ryall, C. Hoyne, A. Burke, R. Murphy, E. Brennan, N. Millea, J. Hoyne, T. Ryan, G. Cleere, D. Egan.

Referee - E. Crowley (Mooncoin).