Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor League The competition that manages to enthrall us all the Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor grade kicked off with all the teams taking part in the leagues this week with a number of shocks and drama along the way.
On Thursday evening the overwhelming favourites for the competition Dicksboro were first into action when they travelled down to a Piltown. In a see saw bout and despite the efforts of Patrick Moylan & co there was a game response from Piltownx Tom Reid, Brandon Wheeler & Neil Moriarty which deservedly saw the southerners gain a 1-12 draw a piece.
Next up was the clash of last years Roinn A & Roinn B Champions Mooncoin and Thomastown which was played in the home of the Roinn A Champions. This home advantage proved to be key for Mooncoin with James Aylward & Sean Dwyer leading them to a 3-10 to 2-12 win. The city derby between James Stephens & O'Loughlin Gaels was also a close run affair where the village men came out on top 1-17 to 3-9.
The big hitters in Roinn B got proceedings under way when Bennettsbridge & Erins Own played out an enthralling draw 4-8 to 4-8 where the players involved in the recents colleges finals showed no ill effects. Graignamangh signalled their attentions for the year ahead with a 3-11 to 2-8 victory over Lisdowney. Carrickshock were largely in control in their win over Tullaroan.
In group B St Martins started their 2019 league campaign with good win over neighbours Conahy Shamrocks in Coon on Saturday morning. The locals took the lead early on with two Josh Dempsey points. Conahy replied to level matters and defences were then on top for both sides for a period of time. After some positional switches in the forwards and good combination play Jack Farrell got in for a goal and point just before half time. St Martins went in ahead at the break 1-04 to 0-03. In the second half St Martins forwards started to find more space and we saw some good scores from Josh Dempsey, Matthew Shortall and Russell Kealy. In the end Martins ran out comfortable winners 1-12 to 0-06. In Gowran, Young Irelands had a good win against St Lachtains. The other game in the group saw Graigue Ballycallan having a little too much class for Dicksboro B.
Roinn C saw Mullinavat again continue their good form at underage level with a fine win over St Patrick's whilst Kilmacows ability to get goals proved to be the difference in their win against Barrow Rangers. The final game saw Blacks & Whites cruise to victory over Clara.
Duggan Steel U-15 Leagues
First into the fray was the clash of O'Loughlin Gaels against Mount Leinster Rangers in Johns Park. In a hugely entertaining game the Carlow men had four points to spare on a score line of 3-16 to 4-9.
Young Irelands caused a mild surprise with a 4-15 to 2-12 win over James Stephens in Larchfield. There was also wins for Naas & Dicksboro over Graigue Ballycallan & Clara respectively.
In Roinn B there was strong wins for Kilmacow, Mullinavat & Graignamangh. In actual fact the only south team to suffer a reverse was Tullogher who lost out to St Martins 2-8 to 0-9. Emeralds fired some twenty two points in their win over Tullaroan whilst Erins Own came out on top in a 7 goal thriller with Danesfort. Roinn C saw wins for Lisdowney & Barrow Rangers amongst others.
Duggan Steel U-13 Football Championship
The Duggan Steel U-13 Football Championship farswings into action this evening (Wednesday) with a number of exciting fixtures. The all city clash between Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels will be surely interesting fare whilst James Stephens will treacle to Kilmoganny. Piltown & Thomastown square up in the other contest. Roinn B the pick of the clashes will be Tullogher Rosbercon versus John Lockes. Roinn C will see a sure high scoring game in the clash of Danesfort & Ballyhale Shamrocks.