Tullogher Rosbercon 3-9 0-14 St Martins
Having being defeated in the final in 2018 Tullogher Rosbercon were staring the eye of defeat as St Martins came thundering back into the game in the dying embers with Conor Dooley equalising and the eventual losers looking the more likely winners but in injury time Danny Glennon made sure the Duggan Steel Roinn B U-15 hurling title would be going south with a devastating 1-1.
Lar Murphy got the men clad in black off to the perfect start with a pointed free. Jamie Lyng added one soon after and could have being further ahead but for a double save from Niall Shore.
Cillian Dowling settled Martins with a point after some fine play from Jamie Morrissey. Dowling added a free there after.
Conor Dooley eked the saints in front with a fine point before Glennon scored his first point of the afternoon. The Tullogher tyro booted home a goal to put them in front which was followed by a Jamie Lyng point and a Glennon free.
As the game swung towards half time Martins came back into with a Dowling free and his cousin Ross Dowling tacked on a point to leave it a close affair 1-5 to 0-5.
Jack Handrick had the first point of the afternoon with Ross & Cillian Dowling responded with quick fire points but a long clearance from Lar Murphy saw Glennon get lose and he duly sent the green flag waving.
Dan Kennedy & Jamie Morrissey swapped points before St Martins came back into it with a hat trick of points through Cillian Dowling (2) & Adam Morrissey with Glennon briefly lifting the siege with a point.
Again came the mighty men from the hills of North Kilkenny with Cillian Dowling leading the way with two points. They could have hit the front with goal chances for Keegan & Morrissey but were level when Dooley split the post with a fine point.
Cue Glennon’s intervention who was involved in a fine tussle with Tadgh Gill all afternoon . He had able support from Murphy, Lyng & captain Cathal Mooney.
For St Martins can take pride in their efforts but were just edged out on the day by a time hurting from last years defeat.
Tullogher Rosbercon: JJ Ryan, Ryan Murphy, Cathal Mooney (C), David Kennedy, Aidan Lawlor, Lar Murphy (0-1 free) Padraig Dooley, Marty Murphy, Niall Mooney, Dan Kennedy(0-1) , Jamie Lyng (0-1), Kevin Aylward, Jack Handrick( 0-1) Danny Glennon (3-5, 0-1 free) Sean Ryan.
St Martins: Niall Shore, Ewan Buggy, Ciaran Nolan, Peter Downey, Cormac Quirke, Tadgh Gill, Matthew Bolger, Cathal Keegan, Conor Dooley (0-2), Patrick Coughlan, Jamie Morrissey (0-1), Cillian Dowling (0-8, 0-6 frees), James O’Neill, Ross Dowling (0-2) Michael Keane.
Subs: Adam Morrissey (0-1), Sean Hunt, Colin Hayes
Ref: Michael O’Sullivan (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
In the second Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor B Semi Final Young Ireland U17 panel managed by the astute DJ Carey made it into the Kilkenny U17 B minor hurling championship final where they will meet St Martins (Muckalee). The first half was very even, Glenmore led 0 - 3 to 0 – 0 after 5 minutes with two early frees from Ian Byrne and a well taken point from Evan Halligan, Young Ireland’s responded then with a point from Padraig Nally and a great goal from Ciaran Byrne after 7 minutes, he then followed up with a point. The teams continued to trade scores and then after 20 minutes, Charlie Phelan showed great skill, pace and wrist work to fire a goal back for Glenmore. 2 minutes later the Gowran boys struck back with a goal from Conor Fitzpatrick. Game on.Glenmore lead by a point 1 – 11 to 2 -7 at half time with the game set up for a great second half.Yound Irelands came out of the traps very quickly in the second half and scored 2 -5 within twelve minutes of the second half, Glenmore responded with 0- 4 points but the Gowran lads with the strong wind behind them pushed on with a final tally of 5-15 (30 points) at the final whistle.Young Ireland’s were deserved winners and showed great intensity, hunger and physicality and attacking flair,they were strong all over the field.
Glenmore have had a great season and this is certainly not the last we will hear about this group of players, they will come back stronger and even better after this loss.
Young Ireland’s will go into the final as warm favourites with a number of players having played in the U-15 A final last year and won the U-15 A league final also.