Across the hills from Glenmore, and at the same heights above sea levels, Tullogher Rosbercon continued on their merry way in the Roinn A junior hurling championship with a well-merited victory over jaded Carrickshock in climatic distress equally as dreadful as that pertaining across the high hills.
I say jaded as far as the exertions of the losers were concerned, as they had a tough couple of days trying to complete their well-attended Golf Classic in Callan on Friday and Saturday, and the wedding of one of their star forwards, Micheál Rohan on Saturday, also rendering many of them fairly fatigued.
Nevertheless, they gave of their best under the circumstances, but against a fired-up Tullogher, they just found it a hill too steep to climb.
Tullogher won because they man-managed the conditions a little better. The Johnny Walsh trained men in black and amber put it a solid shift, after a lethargic start. They eventually got to grips with the visitors, and with Cian O’Donoghue racking up most of their first-half take of seven points from placed balls, they found themselves only a single point adrift of the ’Shock at the break.
At half-time the score read: Carrickshock 0-8, Tullogher Rosbercon 0-7.
John Power, Kevin Farrell and Niall Rohan were the scorers-in-chief for the ’Shock in that first half.
The re-siting of Brendan Lawlor at the start of the second half was an inspirational move by Tullogher. Playing a deeper role, he dictated the game plan, and the flow of the ball to his forwards.
Consequently, the winners stretched their opponents, and took an early lead which was not relinquished.
The conditions led to much loose play, bad shooting and at times general mayhem. From simple positions in front of goal, attempts at score often squirted wide of the intended target. It was that kind of day.
Carrickshock only managed one score - a Darragh Brennan goal - to their first-half tally. Scores by Cian O’Donoghue, Donnacha O’Connor, Ted Cullinane, Brendan Lawlor and Joe Ryan got Tullogher home, hosed and into the next round of the championship.
Scorers: Tullogher Rosbercon: Cian O’Donoghue (0-8, six frees); Joe Ryan (1-0); Ted Cullinane (0-3); Donnacha O’Connor (0-2); John Murphy, Brendan Lawlor (0-1 each). Carrickshock - John Power (0-3); Darragh Brennan (1-0); Kevin Farrell (0-2); Andy Power, Niall Rohan, John Butler (0-1 each).
Tullogher-Rosbercon - Eoin Ryan, Paud McGrath, Bob Forristal, Sean Murray, Mark O’ Brien, Tony Conway, John Murphy, Anthony Cottrell, Brendan Lawlor, Cian O Donoghue, James Ryan, Donnacha O Conor, Paric Ryan, Ted Cullinane, Brian Aylward. Sub - Joe Ryan.
Carrickshock - Stephen Farrell, Paddy Mulcahy, Darren O Dwyer, Seamues Millea, Pat Dalton, Kieran Holden, Eamon Foley, John Power, Andy Power, Niall Rohan, John Butler, Darragh Brennan, Sean Gibbons, Kevin Farrell. Sub - Tommy Hearne.