Ah yes after the disappointments of Croke Park a good dose of under age hurling was what the doctor ordered as the Duggan Steel U-15 & U-13 Hurling championships kicked into gear.
In the U-15 Roinn A there was an all city affair as O’Loughlin Gaels & Dicksboro clashed in St Johns Park. A name to note for the future shone brightest as Harry Shine was on fire as Dicksboro ran into an early lead. In fairness to O’Loughlin Gaels they had an impressive second half but the damage had already being done as they lost out 3-17 to 3-7.
In the other Roinn A game James Stephens proved more accurate in front of goal as they defeated last years U-13 Roinn A Champions 5-10 to 2-13.
Normally Roinn B would be a quagmire to figure out but there is one team head and shoulders above the rest and that is Emeralds who easily dispatched Galmoy/Windgap as Alex Bourke himself to 8-6 from play who had 5 fellow county men clad in green.
Another side expected to do well are Kilmacow who had made a good start against the Rower Inisioge and were 1-6 to 0-3 up with the goal coming from Kilmacow's full forward Jack O'Neill. The Rower Inistioge finished the first half with two good points from play from Tom O'Callaghan and Jack Morrissey. This left the half time score 1-6 to 0-5.
Kilmacow started the second half with a free from James Walsh and a point from play from Jack O'Neill. Rower Inistioge responded with a point from play from Conor Bolger and a free from Eoin Lyng. Another pointed free from James Walsh and point from David Williams increased Kilmacow's lead but Joe Mulholland replied with a long range free for the Rower Inistioge to leave the score 1-10 to 0-8. Midway through the second half Kilmacow's full forward Jack O'Neill pounced for his second goal and Kilmacow then build on this with further points for play in the final quarter from David Willliams, James Walsh, Darragh Kelly & Nick Cass. The Rower Inistioge finished with a goal from Liam Bolger Hynes to leave the final score 2-17 to 1-8.
Mullinavat played Glenmore in the first round of the U15B Championship in Glenmore, where Mullinavat proved too strong for a very young Glenmore team. The half time score was 1 - 8 to 4 points however Mullinavat lead throughout the game with a full time score of 1 - 21 to 1- 6 to see Mullinavat through to the next round.
Piltown welcomed Tullaroan in the first round of the u-15 championship. When these two teams met earlier in the year in their league encounter, it was Tullaroan that claimed the victory.
The first half was a quiet affair with each side trying to get the measure of the other but a dominant period by Tullaroan in the last ten minutes of the half saw them ahead at half time. Piltown 0-5 Tullaroan 0-11.
Piltown knew they were up against it in the second half and right from the whistle, the surprised Tullaroan with their determination and the intensity of their play throughout the field. Piltown came flying out of the blocks and in the first 15 minutes, outscored Tullaroan 3-5 to 0-3. However, Tullaroan fought their way back and the game, while looking like it could go either way, the match ended in a draw! FT Piltown 3-11 Tullaroan 1-17.
Piltown panel: 1. Pauric Wall, 2. Liam Downey, 3. Eoin Reid, 4. Alex Carr, 5. Darragh Dowd, 6. Gavin Flynn (1-10, 0-9f), 7. Ben Moriarty, 8. Andrew Phelan, 9. Adam Walsh, 10. Conor Long, 11. Charlie Coffey (1-1), 12. Darragh Anthony, 13. Luke Falconer, 14. Sam Frisby, 15. Emmet Flynn. Subs: Niall O’Brien (1-0), Fionn Gleeson, Conor Gannon, Cameron Littlewood, Ben O’Callaghan, Bill Nolan (inj).
Tullaroan panel: 1. Eamon Holland, 2. Matthew Mulligan, 3. Thomas Dillon, 4. Josh Tallis, 5. Padraig O’Mahony, 6. Paul Mulligan (0-1), 7. Seamus Walton, 8. Charlie Cleere, 9. Gearoid Dunne (1-13, 0-8f), 10. Aaron Grogan, 11. Liam Walsh (0-1), 12. Liam Coogan, 13. Seamus Cash, 14. Kielan Brennan (0-2), 15. Aaron Russell.
In an expected tight game Tullogher Rosbercon got into half time lead against Bennetsbridge 0-6 to 0-5 where Danny Glennon & Jamie Lyng had the lions share of the Tullogher men’s scores and a goal a piece after the restart from
them saw the men in black and amber through to the next round.
St Martins played John Locke’s in Callan where there was a flurry of early scores from the men clad in Red & Green. Conor Dooley fired over hat trick of points after five minutes before Jamie Morrissey took on the scoring 2-2 and laying on a goal for Ross Dowling before Cathal
Keegan helped himself to a point. Six points from Thomas Roche & a further point no 8 after great with work from Ethan Bergin. The second half was competitive with Peter Kealy’s goal being the highlight but ‘Martins had gone done the damage in the first half.
In the final two games in Roinn B Dunnamagin got the better of Thomastown where Joe Fitzpatrick seemed to lord proceedings whilst Danesfort could consider themselves a tad unlucky to come out the wrong end of a thriller against Erin’s Own 4-15 to 4-10.
In the Duggan Steel U-15 Roinn C Championship Cloonen/Railyard had a fine win over Carrickshock where Adam Buggy & Sean Buggy proved influential landing 2-10 between whilst Harry Roche was the dominant figure in the middle third helping himself to 0-2 whilst in the other matches Mooncoin, Ballyhale Shamrocks & Fenians all gained victories.
The Duggan Steel u-13B Hurling Championship got underway around the county & Piltown welcomed Glenmore for their Round 1 encounter. There’s nothing like championship for anticipation, for excitement, for raw passion! There was plenty in abundance in Piltown this evening in what was an adrenaline-filled & nail-biting encounter.
Nothing could separate the sides in the first half as they traded score for score in a fine display of hurling from both teams. As a result, the sides were level at halftime, Piltown 0-10 Glenmore 2-4.
Things didn’t look promising for Piltown in the second half as Glenmore were first out of the blocks and scored 1-2 in the first five minutes. However, the Plitown boys regrouped, dug deep & responded with a second-half performance any team would be proud of. Every single hurler on the field gave it his all and when the final whistle blew, the Piltown boys were triumphant on a scoreline of 2-16 to Glenmore’s 3-10.
Piltown now advance to the quarterfinal.
Piltown panel: 1. Joe Cooney, 2. Jack O’Neill, 3. Shane Cronin, 4. Liam Downey, 5. Ben O’Callaghan, 6. Andrew Phelan (1-1), 7. Evan Flynn, 8. Eoin Hogan (0-2), 9. Bobby Norris (0-1), 10. Charlie O’Neill, 11. Niall O’Brien (0-8, 0-7f), 12. Sam Garbutt, 13. DJ Knox (1-3), 14. Conor Long (0-1), 15. Cameron Littlewood. Subs: John Cooney, Cormac Cummins, Henri Culleton, Harry Flynn
Glenmore panel: 1. Paul Brophy, 2. Roan Halligan, 3. Shane Duhig, 4. Daniel Connolly, 5. Chistopher Hennessy, 6. James Reid, 7. Sean Atkins, 8. Jack Dollard (0-1), 9. David Fitzgerald, 10. Jason Cody (2-7, 0-6f), 11. Darragh Vereker (1-2), 12.Oisin Mullally, 13. Luke Vereker, 14. David Walsh, 15. Robbie Doherty. Subs: Stephen Grant, Aaron Talbot Rory Atkins, Mark Cody, Rudidri Heffernan
Two goals from Mikey Cronin full forward and a third from wing forward Eoin O'Callaghan with great score's from corner forward Stephen Brennan. Man of the match TJ Mackey wing forward worked tirelessly as Mooncoin saw off St Lachtains 3-17 to 2-7.
In Danesfort, St Martins got the better of the locals 3-5 to 5-7 where early goals from James O’Neill, Michael Keane & Aaron Coogan proved to be decisive.
Galmoy/Windgap U-13s had a very good win over Graigue Ballycallan in Windgap on Tuesday evening last in the first round of the Duggan Steel U-13 HurlingChampionship. First half goals from Conor Doyle and Eoin O Shea(2) helped the hosts in to a good 3-6 to 0-4 lead at half time. Galmoy/Windgap continued in fine form after the break with a Cian O Rourke goal. Graigue Ballycallan had a goal from substitute Michael Tynan but they were unable to reduce the deficit any further.
Galmoy/Windgap: Ryan Whelan, Jack O Dwyer, Colman Moloney(0-1), Padraig Egan, Alex Culleton, Darragh Doyle, George Culleton, Fionn Lonergan(0-1) ,Cian O Rourke(1-1) ,Niall Drennan(0-3,0-2 frees),Conor Doyle(1-2), P J Delaney(0-1), Sam Moloney,Eoin O Shea(2-0),Aidan O Shea.
Subs :Cormac Hynes for Aidan O Shea,Daithí Smith for Sam Moloney and Darragh Enright for Jack O Dwyer
Graigue Ballycallan: Sean McGrath,Cormac Neary,Frank McCluskey,Robbie Lynch,Oran Hoyne,Aidan Comerford(0-1),Cillian Hoyne,Tony Butler(0-5 frees),Paidí Egan,Keelan Lynch,Eoghan Cahill,Shane Cody,Ben Young(0-3,0-2frees),Martin Brennan, Ben McEvoy.
Sub: Michael Tynan(1-0)
Referee :Paul Cahill (Dunnamaggin)
whilst John Locke’s & Tullogher also gained victories.
In the Roinn C Championship St Patrick’s defeated Carrickshock 3-8 to 0-10 whilst Conahy Shamrocks had a bit to spare over Mullinavat.
On Saturday the U-13 Roinn A League Final was played with James Stephens running up an impressive tally in their win over O’Loughlin Gaels 2-21 to 4-12.