Piltown made it five wins from five in the junior hurling league championship after they led from early on to defeat hard working Blacks and Whites in Tom Walsh Park on Sunday.
The attendance witnessed a first half of honest endeavour during which Piltown made good use of the elements to secure a half-time led of 0-10 to 0-5. Martin Power was in flying form and his blistering pace asked some serious questions of the home defence.
Paul Kirby got an early score and caught some valuable high ball. Minor scores from Robbie Culleton and Philly Kenny, allied with the free taking excellence of James Norris, saw Piltown maintain control.
The free taking of Niall Kennedy was of a high standard and helped to keep the home side in touch as they opened against the breeze. Paul Murphy showed excellent balance and composure to get an inspiring score from distance despite stiff Piltown resistance.
Peter Cleere reminded those present just how good a hurler he is throughout this match and provided his side with leadership as he turned defence into attack with his clever reading of the game and long clearances. John Lennon’s pace provided a real threat in attack but he was well marshalled generally by what can only be described as a miserly Piltown defence.
The second half opened with a well constructed Sean Kealy score that brought a cheer from the home support, but a James Norris point maintained the southerners’ advantage. The respective free takers, Niall Kennedy and James Norris, exchanged good scores from play. Martin Power put on the after burners to get a point to put Piltown in the driving seat at 0-13 to 0-7.
Piltown and the match itself stalled at that point. The game became ill-tempered and delays ensued. Black and Whites got some good scores courtesy of Tommy Farrell and Paul Murphy.
The result hung in the balance as the winnerslead was reduced to three points. The Piltown defence held firm until an opportunist Philly Kenny finish put some distance between the sides and saw Piltown win by six points.
Best for Piltown were Andrew Norris, Andrew McCarthy, Neil Kelly, Brendan Norris, Shane Kinsella and Martin Power.
Best for Blacks and Whites were John Murphy, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Peter Cleere, Paul Murphy and Niall Kennedy.
Scorers: Piltown - James Norris (0-6, four frees); Philly Kenny (1-1); Martin Power (0-4); Paul Kirby, Robbie Culleton (0-1 each). Blacks and Whites - Niall Kennedy (0-6, five frees); Paul Murphy (0-2); Sean Kealy, Tommy farrell (0-1 each).
Piltown - Andrew Norris, Brendan Norris, Andrew McCarthy, Pa Connolly, Peter McCarthy, Shane Kinsella, Neil Kelly, Michael Burchill, Kieran Norris, Martin Power, Daniel Norris, Paul Kirby, Philly Kenny, James Norris, Robbie Culleton. Subs - David Kinsella, Niall Kinsella, Nigel Brennan.
Blacks and Whites - John Murphy, Patrick Joyce, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Michael Doyle, James Brennan, Peter Cleere, Barry Moloney, John Lawlor, Paul Murphy, Michael ‘Crow’ Moloney, Shane Murphy, Niall Kennedy, John Lennon, Sean Kealy, Tommy Farrell.