A poor Dunnamaggin outfit had little or no ammunition to go to war with against rampant Kilmacow in Mullinavat on Friday and they were practically were hammered into near submission by a team who are presently riding high atop the crest of the junior hurling wave.
I do not wish to be in any way disingenuous to Dunnamaggin, but to make a case that they ever had a reasonably good sporting chance of victory would be to tell a falsehood, and that is not what this column has been about for quite some time.
Dunnamaggin, to their credit, never stopped trying to strive for a modicum of respectability at least, but they found the Tsunami called Kilmacow totally unmanageable, overpowering, and in the long run, unstoppable.
From the outset Kilmacow looked a class act. John Hayes slotted over their opening score after three minutes, and Luke Harney added a goal within two more minutes. Even at that stage, it seemed that the Dunnamaggin goose was cooked.
After 22 minutes they trailed by a clear nine points, and it could have been more.
At the halfway mark Kilmacow (1-10) were dominating all over the manor, as Dunnamaggin had a meagre 0-4 under their name on the scoreboard.
Kevin McNamara had been unerring from placed balls, and with Hayes, Peter Mullally-pity his sense of lateral vision fails him on occasion-, Josh Tobin, and Shay Dempsey firing on all combustibles, it was not surprising that their half time advantage was as formidable as it was.
The Dunnamaggan half-back line of Aaron Doherty, Andrew Hickey and William Hughes was certainly their strongest line, but Harney, Mullally and Hayes are no respecters of reputation, and proceeded to wreck havoc on that Dunnamaggan line as often, and as regularly as was allowed.
Andrew Fitzpatrick and Sean Connery fought a decent battle with Dean Cooke and Paddy O’Keeffe, but unfortunately, they were forced to play second fiddle more often than they had anticipated.
It was the same story in the Dunnamaggin attack, as despite the honest determination of lads like Andrew O’Neill, Anthony Kearney, Donal O’Shea, Delaney and Kenneally, they found the attentions of Messrs Tom Reddy, Robbie O’Keeffe, Johnny Barron, Brian Fleming Dean Power and Andy Kearns a mite too close and strong.
Whatever hope Dunnamaggin had of making a fight of it during the second half, it was dissipated completely when Richie McNamara slammed home Kilmacow’s second goal in the 35th minute to really close out the game. Their third goal was recorded by Shane Gaule in the 50th minute, but the horse had more than bolted at that stage.
Watch out for this Kilmacow later. They could be around when the real business of championship winning is on fire.
Scorers: Kilmacow - Richie Mc Namara (1-8, one 65, six frees); Luke Harney (1-1); John Hayes (0-4); Shane Gaule (1-1, one pointed free); Peter Mullally, Shay Dempsey, Josh Tobin (0-2 each); Shane Harney (0-1). Dunnamaggin - Paddy Delaney (0-5, four frees); Andrew O’Neill (0-2, one free); Noel Lahert, Peter Kenneally (0-1).
Kilmacow - Richie O’Neill, Tom Reddy, Robbie O’Keeffe, John Barron, Brian Fleming, Dean Power, Andy Kearns, Paddy O’Keeffe, Dean Cooke, John Hayes, Peter Mullally, Luke Harney, Josh Tobin, Richie McNamara, Shay Dempsey. Subs - Ryan McKenna, Ian Aherne, Emmett Blanchfield, Shane Gaule, Shane Harney.
Dunnamaggin - Adam Kenneally, Eoin Kearney, Richard O’Shea, William Moylan, Aaron Doherty, Andrew Hickey, William Hughes, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Sean Connery, Paddy Delaney, Peter Kenneally, Pat Power, Andrew O’Neill, Anthony Kearney, Donal O’Shea. Subs - Noel Lahert, Conor Long, Jason Doherty, Ray Cody.
Referee - Ray Byrne (Glenmore).