'Rangers regroup smartly

'Rangers regroup smartly
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Last year’s finalists, Kilmacow are out of the junior hurling championship.

They came a cropper against re-charged Barrow Rangers (Paulstown/Goresbridge), who rose from the ashes after an awful performance the previous week, to turn in a strong winning effort in Inistioge on Saturday.

The score was 3-17 (BR) to 0-13.

The ’Rangers opened backed by the wind and they worked it to the full advantage as they build up a 10 point lead by half time.

’Rangers settled from the throw-in and they always had Kilmacow on the back foot. Cathal Kenny (BR) and Kilmacow’s Johnny Hayes shared the opening four scores, which came from frees.

Cathal English put ’Rangers back in front when he claimed the first point from play in the 10th minute.

Again a Hayes pointed free levelled things two minutes later. During the following seven minutes the winners out-scored their opponents by 2-4 to nil to take a firm grip on proceedings.

Two points from Brian Kelly and one from Ed Prendergast preceeded the game’s first goal on the quarter hour. It came from a goalmouth scramble and Keith Flavin finish the ball to the net.

Move of game

English added another point before the move of the game saw ’Rangers defender, Kevin Brennan field a spectacular high ball. His perfect off-load found the unmarked Cathal Kenny, who raced through on goal and made no mistake from close range.

The divide jumped to 2-7 to 0-4. The winners were flying. The losers were struggling.

Ian Ahearne brought that scoring spree to an end when he got the Southerners only point from play in the first half.

From the puck-out Kelly gathered and put the sliotar back between the Kilmacow posts for his third of the half.

Before the end of the half Prendergast and Kenny pointed frees for ’Rangers, while Hayes did likewise for Kilmacow.

As the players trooped off at half time a glance at the scoreboard showed Barrow Rangers to be leaders by 2 -10 to 0-6.

To pull back a 10 point deficit was going to be a tall order. That deficit of 10 became 11 when English plucked the ball from the sky and split the posts.

Richard McNamara and Paddy O’Keeffe got on the scoresheet for Kilmacow with a point each before Kenny added a pointed free for the winners.

After this Kilmacow enjoyed their best period of the game. They registered four unanswered points, two from Alan Murphy; McNamara and Luke Harney adding the other two.

Deficit back

With 11 minutes remaining, Kilmacow had it back to a two goal game, 2-12 to 0-12.

Within a minute the picture was to change again when Timmy Brennan planted the sliotar in the Kilmacow net for ’Rangers third goal.

Kenny followed with two points, one from a free, while his team mate Billy Hanlon got in on the scoring act with a point.

Peter Mullally and McNamara registered the Southerners closing two points, while Kelly and Kenny did likewise for the boys in blue.

Kilmacow will, no doubt, be disappointed with their performance. For whatever reason, they never got out of the blocks.

Barrow Rangers will hope that they can hold on to this much improved form.

SCORERS: Barrow Rangers - Cathal Kenny (1 -7, five frees); Brian Kelly (0-4); Cathal English (0-3 ); Ed Prendergast (0-2, one free); Keith Flavin, Thomas Brennan (1-0 each); Billy Hanlon (0 -1.) Kilmacow - Johnny Hayes (0-5, frees); Richard McNamara (0-3, one free); Alan Murphy (0-2); Ian Ahearne, Paddy O’Keeffe, Luke Hearny, Peter Mullally (0-1 each).

Barrow Rangers - Richie Doyle; Kevin Brennan, John Kealy, James Hogan; Paddy Purcell, Ed Prendergast, Darragh O’Connor; Tom Brennan, Eoin Rudkins; Keith Flavin, Thomas Brennan, Brian Kelly; Martin Bambrick, Cathal Kenny, Cathal English. Subs - Billy Hanlon for Tom Brennan; Jason Holden for Bambrick; Ciarán Breen for O’Connor.

Kilmacow - Richard O’Neill; Conor Dowling, Ray Hennessy, Ryan McKenna; Willie O’Toole, Diarmuid Dwyer, Dean Power; Luke Harney, Alan Murphy; Ian Aherne, Johnny Hayes, Shane Gaule; Richard McNamara, Paddy O’Keeffe, Emmet Blanchfield. Subs - Peter Mullally for Blanchfield; Gerry Hearny for Murphy; Johnny Barron for Dowling.

Referee - Eoin Kenny