The last few games in Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor leagues were played off before the traditional break for the exams. Roinn C was where all the action was. In Pairc Seamus Stiophan, the home side made use of it to come out on top by 4-9 to 2-11 over a very game St Patrick’s side who would rue missed chances. In the all southern derby in Kilmacow the home side took on Ballyhale Shamrocks and had edged out a 1-9 to 0-4 half time lead through some fine scores from Jack O’Neill & Ted Doyle. A number of missed chances from Ballyhale proved costly as Doyle added on points to ease Kilmacow to a 3-18 to 0-8 victory but in truth come championship these sides will be much closer.
The other group saw a young Emeralds side continue their fine surge at underage level where Killian Doyle & Alex Bourke were particularly prominent as they edged out Slieverue 0-19 to 2-12. On Friday Dicksboro had a bit to spare over the Harps.
There was a number of key clashes in the Duggan Steel U-15 League. O’Loughlin Gaels couldn’t get in front of Nass despite the fine displays of Harry O’Grady & Alex Sheridan as they lost out to the Kildare side 0-20 to 2-12.
In Gowran, Young Ireland’s & Mount Leinster Rangers were involved in a rip roaring epic where the interventions of Killian Carey, Sean Fitzpatrick & Bobby Brennan saw the home side emerge 4-13 to 2-13.
A potential top of the table clash in Roinn B saw Emeralds take on a youthful St Martins side. From the get go the men clad in green make their experience tell with Alex Burke & Darragh Queally goaling in the first half. In fairness to Martins they didn’t shirk the challenge as over half the team played an u-13 final 48 hours earlier but Conor Dooley & Cathal Keegan showed promise. In the other game in the group Tullogher Rosbercon gathered momentum as Danny Glennon led the way in their 2-10 to 0-9 victory over Bennettsbridge.
Graignamanagh proved too strong for a Glenmore team who were missing a few regulars in this Roinn B League fixture. An early goal from Sean Hamilton settled the visitors who then added a number of points during the first half. A goal from each of Conor Byrne and Mike Hoban brought the half time score to 3-05 to 0-00.
Mullinavat & Rower Inistioge again didn’t give an inch in their clash in Inistioge where Peter McDonald & Shane Aylward proved inspirational in their victory 3-12 to 2-11. The final game of the week was a seven goal thriller were the efforts of Joe Fitzpatrick & Cathal Walsh was enough for Dunnamaggin to win 5-10 to 2-10 despite the fine form of James Purcell & Callum Longeran.