Danesfort, with Kilkenny star Richie Hogan putting on a one man show, ran out comfortable winners, 1-16 to 1-6. in this first round tie in the senior hurling league in Jenkinstown on Saturday.
Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) were so off colour it was unreal and they who will look back and wonder where it all went wrong.
In a game in which the fare was far from high end quality, the favoured team was put to the sword by a well drilled Danesfort side whose collective play left them well clear at the final whistle.
A number of wides preceded the first score of the game. Richie Hogan pointed his first on the way to a staggering total of 1-12.
Hogan was on fire. He was the difference between the teams. His county colleague, Paul Murphy, was in brilliant form too.
After his first strike he added another pair of frees. Comer’s first score didn’t come until the eleventh minute, when Martin Boran shot over his first free.
The losers threatened the Danesfort goal for the first time when Peadar Boran hugged the end line before passing back the ball to Andrew Carron.
The senior debutant, however, saw his shot shate wide of the right hand post.
Paul Murphy boomed over a massive score after 13 minutes. Already Danesfort were firmly in command.
Richie Hogan converted another free before firing over his first from play, his brother Paddy delivery sweetly into the forward line.
Paul Murphy and Paddy Hogan were dominating the game, their power and skill helping them control the Danesfort half of the field.
This led to a total drought of scoring chances for the ’Comer forwarads, who struggled to build any momentum.
Michael Murphy threatened the Danesfort goal briefly after the twentieth minute. He caught a long delivery and shot on target, but his effort was saved by Frank Manogue and the ball was cleared.
A foul on Eddie Brennan allowed Martin Boran to convert another effort, his brother Peadar pointing ’Comer’s first score from play a minute later. Another Hogan free and a score by Robbie Walsh meant that Danesfort went into the break leading by 0-8 points to 0-5.
The Danesfort defence had been air tight in the first half, and suffocated any attack ’Comer tried to muster.
The losers, in truth, had been played off the field in the opening half. They were not able to get on top in any part of the pitch.
A Richie Hogan pointed free opened the second half scoring before Conor Fogarty shot over an excellent score from a distance free for the losers.
Michael Murphy again threatened the ’Fort goal with five minutes gone, his strength carrying him past his marker only to swing off target with the goal at his mercy.
Shake up things
Martin Boran pointed a free. Hogan added three more to Danesfort’s tally not two minutes later.
Conor Fogarty had been pushed up field to centre-forward in a bid to shake up things for Castlecomer. This had an immediate effect as he shot over following a pass from Martin Boran.
Richie Hogan wasn’t long in responding for the leaders. He shot over twice in quick succession, his second a fantastic solo with a smooth finish from the sideline. There was class writtene all over this score.
Robbie Walsh added point number 16 for Danesfort just on the hour mark before the crushing blow was landed.
A long ball into the ’Comer square bounced out to Hogan, who quickly rifled the ball into the unguarded net.
Martin Boran pulled three points back for the losers in stoppage time, as his 2o metre free dribbled over the line to put some sheen on the final score for the utterly disappointing losers.
This was far from a good performance from Erin’s Own, who will have to put this performance behind them of the season could be very difficult indeed.
A fantastic result
This was a fantastic result for Danesfort, who can build on the momentum they have created; a 10 point scoring difference may also become useful later on in the season as they look to secure their senior status in what could become a relegation dogfight.
Richie Hogan, who virtually scored at will, thrilled the attendance with what was a scoring show.
Scorers: Danesfort - Richie Hogan (1-12, 0-9 frees); Robbie Walsh (0-2); Paul Murphy (0-2, 0-1 free). Erin’s Own - Martin Boran (1-3, frees), Conor Fogarty (0-2, 0-1 free), Peadar Boran 0-1.
Danesfort - Frank Manogue, Gavin O’Keeffe, Liam Forrestal, Micheal Cunningham, Ben O’Connor, Paul Murphy, Philip Walsh, Jim Phelan, Paddy Hogan, James Cunningham, David Forrestal, Darren Booth, Cillian Treacy, Richie Hogan, Robbie Walsh . Subs: Darragh Sheehan, Cathal O Neill.
Erin’s Own - Tom Brophy, Ciaran Wallace, Padraig Keating, Peter O’Donovan, Declan Dunne, Conor Fogarty, Jerry Callinan, Aidan Moran, Ciaran McDermott, Martin Boran, Robert Moran, Micheal Murphy, Andrew Carron, Eddie Brennan, Peadar Boran. Subs: Noel Callinan, Micheal Owens, Dermot Wallace, Eoin Brennan, Jimmy Byrne.