Piltown & James Stephens clashed in the Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor A quarter final in a bout that swung a number of ways.
Billy O’Callaghan got Piltown off to a flyer before Ben Cantwell & Cian Dunne put the village in front.
Piltown landed the next six points in a row O’Callaghan, Brandon Wheeler & Daryl Mahe all getting in on the point scoring but Jakes Stephens held firm to pull the deficit back to one. Piltown 0-8 0-7 ahead at halftime.
James Stephens plundered goals through Cian Dolan & Jamie O’Keeffe to take the lead but between 51st minute & 57th Piltown came storming back in to draw with a point from Gavin Flynn being particularly sweet.
In the dying embers of the game Cantwell got the winner for James Stephens 2-10 to 0-15.
In instioge Dicksboro went 4points to 1 point up before Dicksboro's Sean Maher got in for a goal after 12 mins. Fiacra Farrell (R/I) and Liam Moore (D) both scored frees before Conor Bolger (R/I) got a goal to make it Dicksboro 1-5 to R-I 1-2. Fiacra Farrell and Liam Moore exchanged frees to make it 1-7 to 1-4 before points from play from Dicksboro's Nick Doheny (2) and Mikey Clifford had a score of 1-10 to 1-4 at half time. After half time the weather changed from sunshine to thunder and lighting with most of the second half played in a downpour. Rower Inistioge got the first point but Dicksboro dominated the second half from then on. They increased their lead with points from Nick Doheny, Eoin Dalton, Padraic Moylan & Mikey Clifford among others to run out winners on a scoreline of 1-21 to 1-5.
In a thrilling Roinn A Minor Hurling Championship Quarter Final in Galmoy on Saturday morning, Galmoy/Windgap secured a memorable two point win over O Loughlin Gaels. Backed by the strong breeze from the off, it was O Loughlins who set the early pace ,with midfielder John McNamara raising six first half white flags to leave the city boys ahead, 0-10 to 0-5 at the interval. Galmoy/Windgap’s scores came from four placed balls by Billy Drennan and one from play from Zak Kennedy after catching a good lineball by Eoin O Brien.The wind was so strong, that one of Declan Murphy’s first half puckouts bounced wide at the other end of the field in that first half. Ronan Lavelle and Alex Sheridan were playing very well at this stage for the city boys.
Galmoy/Windgap made an impressive start to the new half with four quick fire points to leave it 0-10 to 0-9 by the 37th minute. Two of these came from Jack Doyle who played very well over the hour. Another to impress was U-15 player David Sherman at centreback for the home side. Neither side bothered the score keeper again until John McNamara stretched the visitor’s lead with a 51st minute pointed free,0-11 to 0-9. It was the 60th minute before Galmoy/Windgap drew level when Billy Drennan pointed a 65.A minute later Doyle grabbed a Calum Lonergan clearance and split the posts to put his side ahead, with Drennan applying the final touch from an 80 metre free in the 66th minute. This win sealed a place in the semi final for Galmoy/Windgap against Dicksboro
Young Irelands progressed to the quarter final of the Roinn B championship after a hard fought win over a lively, youthful ‘Boro B side in Palmerstown on Sunday
The first half ended all square at 6 points a piece with Young Irelands shooting a number of wides while the ‘Boro were more efficient in front of goal.
Young Irelands settled into the second half more quickly and went into a 0-9 to 0-7 lead before Killian Carey struck to the net for the winners. The teams traded scores for the next 10 minutes before a good team move saw Carey net again to leave Young Irelands 8 points ahead.
Young Irelands finished the stronger to run out winners on a score line of 2-15 to 0-10 whilst in Roinn C a late Slieverue goal saw them get over the line against James Stephens B 1-15 to 1-9 in what was otherwise a tight enough encounter.
Tullogher Rosbercon & Emeralds clashed in an all star clash in Urlingford on Saturday morning in the Roinn B quarter final. This game was hugely anticipated with a number of stars on show for both.
Emeralds made use of the elements in the first half to go in at the break 0-7 to 0-2 ahead largely thanks to the point scoring of Alex Bourke & Killian Doyle and possibly should have being further ahead only for the impressive rearguard action of Tullogher’s Lar Murphy.
The second half saw Emeralds hold out in front until the last 15 minutes when Danny Glennon let lose and the youngster landed up with 4-8 as the men in stripes won out 4-11 to 0-12.
In Coon St Martins made an explosive start in their clash against Dunnamaggin landing 2-12 in the first twenty minutes with Jamie Morrissey helping himself to 1-6.
When relocated up the field Joe Fitzpatrick did help to bring Dunnamaggin back into the equation but ‘Martins greater hunger led by Tadgh Gill saw them close out the encounter in thunder & lighting.
In Roinn C Shamrocks 1-8 to 1-3 up at half-time with Killian Corcoran the main scorer. Lisdowney got their goal against a strong breeze.
It was all Lisdowney in the 2nd half,
& ended 1-14 to 1-9 to Lisdowney . Lisdowney a stronger looking team. Larry Cody tried very hard for Shamrocks whilst Alan Dunphy did well for Lisdowney.
James Stephens & Dicksboro clashed in the Duggan Steel Roinn A County final in Bennetsbridge as they men from the Kell’s we’re seeking to be second time lucky in the final.
The palmerstown outfit made the livelier start with Patrick Lacey firing a free over the bar before Ruari Harrison leveled matters soon after.
Noah Minogue & Michael Stynes traded placed balls and Stynes showed great accuracy to land two in quick succession.
James Stephens took the lead for the first time when Dara Power flicked the ball to the back of the net after some fine play from Ed McDermott. McDermott followed up with a pointed free and the influential full forward soon found Sean Bergin in space and he duly pointed.
Stynes got Dicksboro back into things with a pointed free before Brian Moore’s speculative shot landed up in the back of the net. Stynes added another point to leave the Palmerstown
outfit 1-6 to 1-4 ahead at the break.
Again Dicksboro were prominent in the first half with Lacey & Moore sending the white flag
waving but the Village immediately hit back with a goal from Bill McDermott after his brother Ed had done the spade work.
Moore, Stynes & Thomas Treacy all plucked points whilst McDermott converted a placed ball.
In sixty seconds the game turned on their head when Moore fired home a rebound. James Stephens went down the field for Dara Power to have the green flag to waving from the next play with McDermott adding two further points.
From there on in it was nip and tuck with McDermott firing a free to the back of the net in injury time to draw the game level in the 63rd minute however many in the crowd had it as a one point win for the ‘Boro.
James Stephens: Padraig Joyce, Conor McEvoy, Noah Minogue, Conor Heffernan, Larry Phelan, Ed Lauhoff, Sean Deely, Ruari Harrison, Ruari Holland, Jacob Breslin, Sean Bergin, Bill McDermott, Daniel Ring, Ed McDermott, Dara Power.
Dicksboro: Ciaran Power, Luke Kerwick, Evan Murphy, Anthony Clifford, Max Doyle, Michael Stynes, Enda Kavanagh, Ross Doyle, Donnchadh Hennessy, Oisin Henderson, Brian Moore, James Brennan Smyth, Thomas Treacy, Jamie O’Brien, Patrick Lacey.
Subs: James Cleere & Josh Duggan.
Ref: Paul Cahill (Dunnamaggin)
In Roinn B St Martins & Dunnamaggin met in the second semi final clash which saw 33 scores in a highly entertaining affair as the lead swapped sides many times with Ross O’Neill & Cathal Buckley causing havoc landing 2-8 of the winners total who had Scott McDonald to thank for the win with with a number of fine saves. Aaron Coogan & Adam Morrissey had put ‘Martins in front on a number of occasions but Dunnamaggin deservedly held on for victory.