THIS victory over troubled Tullaroan by improving Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) completed the hat-trick of wins for them in the senior hurling league, and it left them in a mid-table position that secured a safe first round championship spot.
However, for Tullaroan the relegation semi-finals loom after they failed to win a game in the league stages.
Stephen Maher registered the first score of the game when he pointed a 65 after a Sean Meally block from a Paul Buggy shot trickled out over the ’Comer endline. Martin Boran pointed ’Comer’s first free before corner-forward Gordan Byrne shot his first score of the game when racing across the face of goal.
Paul Buggy tapped over his first point from a free before Martin Walsh registered from the centre-forward position. Martin Boran shot over a free and a 65 before Padraig Walsh, at wing-forward, claimed his first point. Padraig Walsh registered his second a few minutes later before Gordan Byrne shot over his second after a great turn near the sideline on the left.
Tom Fitzgerald pointed with Martin Boran shooting over another free a few seconds after before a long free by centre-back Damien Fogarty was flicked into the back of the net by Michael Murphy. This pushed ’Comer into the lead by three points.
Padraig Walsh landed his third point to bring the deficit back to two at the half-way stage. The first half had seen some bad wides and broken plays, and the majority of scores came from frees.
The second half action started slowly with no chance of a score being created until the fifth minute. Then Paul Buggy found himself in behind the ’Comer defence and through on goal. He finished smartly past Tom Brophy.
Martin Boran tapped over a free to level the scores again before ’Comer lost full-forward Anthony Owens through injury. Paul Buggy tapped over another free before getting his first point from play after catching a Tommy Walsh clearance.
Martin Boran converted another two frees before getting his first from play from the sideline after a pass from Gordan Byrne. Boran and Buggy traded pointed frees to leave the final score one in ’Comer’s favour, 1-11 to 1-10.
Erin’s Own won largely due to good performances from the midfield and sharp forwards like Gordan Byrne and Martin Boran. Tullaroan’s driving force was provided by Padraig Walsh and Paul Buggy in the forward line.
Tullaroan play Graigue-Ballycallan in the relegation semi-final while Erin’s Own play Fenians (Johnstown) in the first round.
Scorers: Erin’s Own - Martin Boran(0-9, eight frees); Michael Murphy (1-0); Gordan Byrne (0-2). Tullaroan - Paul Buggy (1-4, three points frees); Padraig Walsh (0-3); Stephen Maher (0-1, 65); Martin Walsh, Tom Fitzgerald (0-1 each).
Erin’s Own - Tom Brophy, James Mullins, Sean Mealy, Peter Donovan, Padraig Keeting, Damien Fogarty, Conor Fogarty, Jimmy Byrne, Ronan Ryan, Michael Murphy, Michael Owens, Martin Boran, Peader Boran, Anthony Owens, Gordan Byrne. Sub - Michael Moran.
Tullaroan - Richard Holland, Paddy Campion, Eddie Campion, Michael Maher, Richard Maher, Stephen Maher, David Dowling, Conor Kenny, Tommy Walsh, Mark Simpson, Martin Walsh, Tom Fitzgerald, Padraig Walsh, Eamon Brennan, Paul Buggy.