St Lachtain’s triumph as the Rower are wide of the mark

St Lachtain’s 2-13

St Lachtain’s 2-13

Rower-Inistioge 1-14

KILKENNY manager Brian Cody featured among the good attendance at this clash in Clara on Sunday, and while the talent on show wasn’t of premier quality it was a decent affair which ended with St Lachtain’s (Freshford) scoring their first win in the intermediate hurling league.

Joe Lyng opened the scoring for the Rower in the third minute when he arrowed the ball between the posts of the county end goal from the right wing. The lead was short lived. John Fitzpatrick soloed straight through the Rower defence before using his boot to kick the ball past Liam Tierney and into the net (1-0 to 0-1) after only four minutes.

A combination of a pointed free from James Cassin and another from play by Conor Joyce in quick succession brought the Rower back on level terms.

The teams traded points as the play settled into a good rhythm. Brian Kennedy bagged two points for St Lachtain’s while Michael Grace kept the Rower in touch with a minor.

Won back lead

The losers won back the lead through a James Cassin goal. A defensive mix-up in the St Lachtain’s back line allowed James Cassin to pounce on a loose ball. Cassin finished the shot low to the right side of James Meagher’s net to put the Southerners two points ahead after 12 minutes.

For the rest of the half the sides traded points. Bill Beckett pulled one back for St Lachtain’s and Eoin Guinan scored four from frees. Brian Kennedy hit the target from his own half.

Each St Lachtain’s score drew a reply from the Rower; two points from frees by James Cassin and two more from play by Kieran Joyce plus one from Sam Lyster before half-time meant that they maintained their lead.

At half-time the Rower were leading by 1-9 to 1-8. The game looked set to swing in the Rower’s direction as the strong wind would be in their backs after the turn.

James Cassin opened the scoring in the second half for the Rower. Eoin Guinan replied with a free after six minutes, sparking a period of dominance by the winners. Bill Beckett soloed through the Rower defence and set-up Eoin Guinan for a goal after 40 minutes.

Two points to good

St Lachtain’s were now two points to the good. The Rower suffered a blow when they were forced to take off their corner-froward James Cassin, who was injured.

A point by Brian Kennedy saw St Lachtain’s move three clear before Sean Lyster pulled one back after 45 minutes. The Rower squandered a big number of chances during the closing section of the match. In total they had eight wide in this half.

Only Michael Grace managed to gauge the strength of the wind and score. Grace scored three points for the Rower towards the end, but two converted frees from St Lachtain’s Eoin Guinan left them celebrating at the finish.

Scorers: St Lachtain’s - Eoin Guinan (1-8); Brian Kennedy (0-4); John Fitzpatrick (1-0); Bill Beckett (0-1). Rower-Inistioge - James Cassin (1-4); Michael Grace (0-4); Kieran Joyce, Sean Lyster (0-2 each); Joe Lyng, Conor Joyce (0-1 each).

Rower Inistioge - Liam Tierney, Eoin Doyle, James Doyle, Sean Grace, David Tennyson, Sean Cummins, Nail Lyng, Kieran Joyce, Mark Moore, Michael Grace, Joe Lyng, Tommy Murphy, Sean Lyster, Conor Joyce, James Cassin. Subs - Padraic Tierney for J. Cassin; David Lyng for N. Lyng.

St Lachtain’s - James Meagher, Michael Kavanagh, John Costelloe, Jim Costelloe, Seamus Hayes, Niall Phelan, Michael Cormack, Noel McGree, Brian Kennedy, Bill Beckett, Davy Brennan, Michael Farrell, John Fitzpatrick, Eoin Guinan, Barry Hughes.