Home side Rower-Inistioge experienced but a token problem from Carrickshock in their junior A hurling league game on Saturday evening.
The winners set the early pace when Kevin Murphy opened their account in the second minute with a nice point. They led by six points to two after 11 minutes. The lead was further stretched at the 21-minute mark to five points.
The Rower-Inistioge defenders were not in any mood to show any semblance of sympathy, and with the likes of Neil Lyng, Luke Tennyson, Tommy Grace and Paudie Fleming in unsympathetic mood, very little space was afforded to the ’Shock attackers.
At half time the Rower led by 0-10 to 0-5. There was still a game to be won, but the Rower lads looked the more likely at the break.
Carrickshock were to supplement their first-half take with a meagre four points. It was never going to be enough.
On the other hand, the Rower lads went about winning the game with some good hurling, better scoring and commitment to detail.
The seminal point in the evening’s proceedings arrived in the 42nd minute. A move, started by Davy Kelly, was moved on through Kevin Murphy, whose pass to Pauric Ryan was picked up by Conor Lyng. The dependable Lyng, never one to shirk responsibility, gladly took possession. He stormed through a gap in the Carrickshock defence to slam home an exocet missile.
From there on there was only going to be one result. A late collection of points from Murphy, Pauric Ryan, Davy Kelly only served to gild the lily on an evening when the winner was rather obvious a long way from the wire.
Rower-Inistioge - Davy Murphy, Shane Ryan, Neil Lyng, Robbie Grace, Luke Tennyson, Tom Grace, Paudie Fleming, David Lyster, Tony Whelan, Richie Ryan, Pauric Grace, Pauric Ryan, Kevin Murphy, Conor Lyng, David Kelly. Subs: Toby Kavanagh, James Murphy, Michael Cassin.
Carrickshock - Kevin Farrell, Seamus Millea, Darren O’Dwyer, Ian Dunphy, James Grace, John Power, Richie Frisby, Darragh Brennan, Edward Dunphy, Ciaran O’Neill, Eamonn Foley, Edward Power, Pauric Barron, Aaron Roche, Seanie Gibbons.