The Duggan Steel U-15 leagues came back into action over the last number of days. In an excellent game on Sunday evening Rower Inistioge got the better of Thomastown 2-12 to 1-12. Dr Tierney park was the venue for the clash of Graignamangh and Kilmacow where there was over six county players on show. James Walsh & Jack O’Neill caused havoc for Kilmacow men but they couldn’t stop the leaking of goals at the other end where Ted Dunne was prominent and was ably assisted in the backs by Fintan Gahan as Graig came out on top 5-10 to 2-17. In an equally tight affair in Windgap Glenmore had a couple of points to spare over Galmoy/Windgap 2-11 to 2-9. There was one game played in the Kilkenny Honda Centre minor leagues where Bennetsbridge had a little too much clash up front for Carrickshock 3-11 to 2-10.
In the Duggan Steel U-13 Roinn B league both St Martins and Erins Own have qualified for league semifinals. St Martins had a last minute goal from Jack Coogan to thank for finishing second after they had managed to lose an eight point lead to a very game Dunnamagin. On the other side Danesfort are looking very strong but have a number of games to catch up on.
The Kilkenny Development squads had their first big outing of the year in the Leinster Blitzes where over 100 youngsters took to the field proudly wearing the black and amber.
Our U14 Amber squad had their first outing in Craughwell where they played Limerick and Galway. Limerick playing with a strong wind got off to a good start with three goal in the first half but Kilkenny with that wind in the second half came back but lost out in the end to the score of Limerick 3 13 Kilkenny 1 12. Highlight of this game was the terrific defending of Rory Glynn, Sean Roberts until he was injured, Joe Mulholland and points from play from Michael Brennan, CJ. Fitzpatrick, Ben Phelan, Cathal Hickey, Cormac McEvoy, Eoghan Lyng and two each for Sean Hamilton and Aaron McEvoy. Our goal came from a penalty dispatched to the top corner of the net by Aaron McEvoy.
Galway dominated the second game and proved too big and physical for us. We had great performances in defence from Bobby Brennan, Ruadhrai Galway and Tom Mac Phillips with our scores from play CJ, Cormac, Sean, Eoghan and David Williams. Our goal came at the end of some great team play with Ryan Corcoran giving the final pass to David Williams who ran through and gave the goalie no chance.
Amber Squad. Clan Kelly, Rory Glynn, Sean Roberts, Darragh McCormack, Tom Mac Phillips, Ruadhrai Galway, Joe Mulholland, Michael Brennan, CJ Fitzpatrick, Ben Phelan, Martin Murphy, Eoghan Lyng, Cathal Hickey, Cormac McEvoy, Aaron McEvoy, Harry Boyle, Bobby Brennan, Liam Hogan, Ryan Corcoran, Sean Hamilton and David Williams
The U-14 Amber squad also had a productive day in their blitz. They took on Limerick in the first game and were unlucky to come out the wrong side of a 1-8 to 1-6 defeat. Goals wins matches was the mantra as in the second Galway got the better luck in front of the goals to emerge the victors 3-8 to 1-7. Considering this was the first time together it was a strong outcome.
Jamie Lyng (Tullogher/Rosbercon),Daniel Power (James Stephens),Eoin Dempsey (Mullinavat),Noah Scully (Barrow Rangers),Cathal Purcell (Barrow Rangers),Stephen Power Kellett ( James Stephens),Joe Hughes (Bennettsbridge), Robin Carey (Young Irelands), Thomas Roche (John Lockes), Zac Lawlor (Clara)
,James Purcell (Galmoy/Windgap), Ned Langton (Clara), Jack Campion (Bennettsbridge) , Shane O’Keefe (Slieverue) , Eoghan Bennett (O’Loughlin/Gaels), Jeff Neary (Graiguballycallan), Cormac Moore (Thomastown), Oisin Bateman (James Stephens), Jack Kelly (Blacks/Whites), Adam Buggy (Cloneen/Railyard), Charlie Cleeere (Tullaroan), Sean Hunt (St. Martins) , Paddy Walsh (Bennetsbridge), Ivan Bolger (Graignamanagh), Joe Hughes (Bennettsbridge), Eoin Reid (Piltown)
The U-15 Ambers lead the way in the O’Hanarahan’s GAA Club in New Ross. A hat trick of goals from Gearoid Dunne in the first game versus Waterford saw Kilkenny into a commanding first half lead whilst there was further majors from Danny Glennon, Killian Corcoran & Killian Carey which saw a comfortable win of 6-13 to 1-6.
Wexford were up next and this proved to be a particularly tough game tough were the performance of Patrick Langton, Peter McDonald and Harry Shine saw them to a 0-15 to 0-6 win. It was the latter’s points just after half time which proved to be the game changer that eventually broke the resistance.
Michael Clarke Dicksboro, Bill Hughes Bennetsbridge, Alan Dunphy Lisdowney, Tadgh Connolly Kilmacow, Kieran Cleere Emeralds, Peter McDonald Mullinavat, Shane Alyward Mullinavat, Patrick Langton Clara, Harry Shine Dicksboro, Padraigh Naddy Young Irelands, David Sherman Galmoy, Alex Burke Emeralds, Alex Sheridan O’Loughlin Gaels, Ben Whitty Danesfort, Danny Glennon Tullogher Rosbercon, Daragh Queally Emeralds, Killan Doyle Emeralds, Killian Carey Young Irelands, Ted Dunne Graignamanagh, John Keane Dicksboro, Killian Corcoran Ballyhale Shamrocks, Joe Fitzpatrick Dunamaggin, Gearoid Dunne Tullaroan, Sean Moore Carrickshock, Shane Glynn James Stephens
Similar to the amber squad the black squad had a comforatable enough win against Waterford 0-17 to 0-9 where the defensive rearguard of Lar Murphy, Harry O’Grady and Mick Carroll proved to be a sound platform as Kilkenny found the target easier. The second game against Wexford proved to be a titanic struggle with Kilkenny finding themselves behind by five points at the start of the second half. Lesser teams would have folded instead a number of players fresh from the bench made a huge difference with Joe Healy plundering 3-1 largely thanks to the work of Jack O’Neill and Jamie Morrissey whilst Kasper Woloczko proved effective from his stationing at 11. Kilkenny went on to win by 5-9 to 1-12.
Billy Garret Fenians,Kyle Ryan Bennetsbridge, Declan O’Farrell Dicksboro,Joe Healy Barrow Rangers, Cathal Keegan St. Martin’s, Lar Murphy Tullogher, Jack O’Neill Kilmacow, James Walsh Kilmacow, Mikey Raggett Dicksboro, Gavin Flynn Piltown, Thomas Sharky Fenians, Niall Holland Tulloroan, Sean Fitzpatrick Young Irelands, Harry O’Grady O’Loughlins, Mark Holohan O’Loughlins, Mick Carroll Dicksboro, Bill Smith Danesfort, Fintan Gahan Graignamanagh, Padraig O’Grady Fenians, Jamie Morrissey St. Martins, Kasper Woloczko Emeralds, Colm Roche Glenmore, Cian Doheny St. Patricks, Colm Lonergan Galmoy/Windgap, Sean Keenan Dicksboro