Mooncoin no match for rampant Rower

Rower Inistioge 2-17

Rower Inistioge 2-17

Mooncoin 0-11

THE Rower-Inistioge showed the ability they truly possess when they left Mooncoin demoralised in their fourth round intermediate hurling league encounter in Glenmore on Saturday.

The winners ripped into the Mooncoin lads from the gun. With Kieran Joyce standing supreme in defence and Joe Lyng devouring any dangers arising around the midfield area, it was always going to be a big ask for the Mooncoin lads to make gains.

Mooncoin couldn’t match the determination of that pair. They were also at pains to hold off big Conor Joyce, who was sited on the edge of the Mooncoin square.

What of famed Mooncoin? They were no match for the more focussed, determined winners. Their forwards played second fiddle, with the exception of the ever-reliable Diarmuid Mackey, while they were second best in midfield.

Their defenders had their hands full with the incessant Rower pressure. But for Paddy Kinsella in goal, who made some tremendously courageous saves, Tom O’Hanlon at wing back and Sean Wall the Rower’s winning margin could have been greater.

Done deal

The game was shaping like a done deal by the 20th minute when the winners led by five points. They looked more threatening than even that advantage suggested. It certainly looked over in the 31st minute when a strong run by Joe Lyng, set up Sean Grace whose shot was doubled to the net by Conor Joyce.

At half time the Rower Inistioge led by 1-11 to Mooncoin’s 0-4.

Mooncoin threw caution to the wind in the second half, trying hard to match the intensity of the Rower men, but they were blowing bubbles in a wind tunnel most of the time.

Midway through the half they had reduced the advantage crafted by the Rower, but a goal from Paul Sheehan nailed them. Even though Mooncoin never gave up the effort, their best fell a long way short of the desired levels to catch the runaway winners.

The winners certainly deserved to win, but they will not get an easier outing.

SCORERS: Rower-Inistioge - Paul Sheehan (1-10, 0-6 frees); Conor Joyce (1-3); Richard Ryan, James Cassin, Joe Lyng (0-1 each); Kieran Joyce (0-1, free). Mooncoin - Diarmuid Mackey (0-5, 0-4 frees); David O’Brien (0-2); Tomás O’Hanlon (0-2, 0-1 65, 0-1 free); Keith Kirwan, Tomás Henebery (0-1 each).

Rower-Inistioge - L. Tierney, E. Doyle, M. Moore, J. Doyle, R. Galavan, K. Joyce, T. Leahy, J. Lyng, D. Tennyson, S. Lyster, S. Grace, J. Cassin, R. Ryan, C. Joyce, P. Sheehan.

Mooncoin - P. Kinsella, N. Madden, C. Daly, L. Henebery, T. O’Hanlon, S. Wall, S. Kearns, M. Grace, K. Kirwan, D. Mackey, T. Henebery, S. Crowley, E. Henebery, R. Wall, D. O’Brien. Subs: M. Fitzgerald, L. Walsh, E. Ryan, J.P. Purcell, D. Purcell.

Referee - R. Byrne (Glenmore)