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By Mary Morgan Tue 18th Aug

Minor A 

Young Irelands 3:18

Rower-Inistioge 0:7


A damp, overcast evening in Gowran was the venue for this Championship game between Young Irelands and the Rower-Inistioge. The Gowran boys dominated from the get-go with goals from Daniel Manning and Jimmy Lennon. At half time Young Irelands led 2:9 to 0:4.

The second half continued to be dominated by the home team with Conor Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Lennon and Daniel Manning putting constant pressure on the Rower backline. Rory Delaney, full back for Inistioge did Trojan work but was unable to quell the constant stream of scores.

Both Rory Farrell and Patrick Langton were stalwarts in the Gowran backs. Eoghan Lyng and Eoin O’Brien worked ferociously for Inistioge but were unable to break through the Gowran defense. A convincing win for Young Irelands.


Mooncoin 1-15, O’Loughlin Gael’s 0-14. H.T. 1-9 to 0-6.
Wet night, heavy underfoot conditions. Mooncoin well on top during 1st half with at least 4 goal chances not taken. Only goal well taken by James O Keeffe just before 1st Water Break. At half time Alex Sheridan accounted for 5 of O’Loughlin’s 6 with Adam Croke supplying 7 for Mooncoin . O’L dominated early part of 2nd half scoring 5 points without reply. Sean O Dwyer steadied Mc with a pointed free from long range. However, Alex S. hit 2 pointed frees before Adam C. had a similar score before Water B to leave just a point between the sides 1-11 to 0-13. The 4th Qtr saw some inspired play by Adam C in both defence and attack for M’coin as O L’s could only muster one more A.S. point against Adam’s 4. Wholehearted performance from all the players in difficult conditions with star performances from Alex Sheridan and Adam Croke. A.C 0-12, A.S. 0-11.

Dicksboro and James Stephens met in Kilkenny Honda Centre Roinn A 1/4 Final on Monday Night in Palmerstown. 

The vistors started well and put it to the hosts in the first 15 minutes. This had a real championship feel to it with no inch sparred. Half time dicksboro 0-12 James Stephens 0-02.

In the second half, goals from sean maher and mikey raggett, and points from the impressive timmy clifford and nick doheny led to the boro running out winners 2-27 to 1-04 in the end. James carroll worked hard throughout the game also. Boro onto the semi final now in a couple of weeks.



Minor B 


Kilmacow 2-11 1-9 Conahy Shamrocks 

Conahy Shamrocks travelled south on a wet overcast evening to face their opponents Kilmacow in the Minor B Hurling Championship preliminary round.  The weather wasn’t ideal for a game of hurling, however both teams battled hard and valiantly despite the conditions.  


Kilmacow seemed to adapt better to the weather conditions and Tom Reddy tested the Conahy goalkeeper within two minutes of the throw in with a shot on target that was well saved by Oisin Cahill.  The resulting 65 was converted by James Walsh for the first score of the game.  Both goalkeepers were kept on their toes in the first half with Sean Dowling and Oisin being tested, and producing some brilliant saves.  Mark Gunner got Conaghy’s first score from a free.  Kilmacow quickly responded with a well worked goal, finished to the net by Ted Doyle and a point from play from midfielder Dev Lowe.   Conahy continued to battle and they got their rewards when Mark found the net in the 22nd minute for the visiting team.  Great defending from the Kilmacow defence prevented Mark from adding to his earlier goal. Kilmacow finished the first half strongly with points from David Williams and James Walsh to lead by 1.07 to 1.02.  Notable performances in the first half included Tom Reddy, Jack O’Neill, Ted Doyle, James Walsh and Liam Lacey for Kilmacow and Oisin Cahill, Mark Gunner and Jack Murphy for Conahy.

Conahy started the second half well with two points from frees for Mark Gunner.  However, Kilmacow responded with a goal from Harry Twomey after a strong direct run from midfield by Tadhg Connolly.  Conahy quickly replied with Billy Mulhall scoring from play.  Both goalkeepers had to be at their best with Oisin making two great saves from David Williams and James Walsh, while Sean Dowling saved a 21 yard free from Mark Gunner. Harry Twomey added a further two points from play to add to his goal. Conaghy continued to pressurise their opponents goal with their midfielders and forwards working hard to close the gap. However the battle hard Kilmacow defence of Sean Dowling, Donnacdha Williams, Nick Cass, Callum and Paddy Regan, Liam Lacey, Darragh Kelly and Josh Mate kept them at bay and didn’t succumb. Conahy kept battling to the end, however on this occasion Kilmacow came out on top with a final score of 2.11 to 1.09.


Danesfort  4 goals  9 points (21)

Fenians  3 goals  17 points (26) 


Both teams fought hard through horrendous conditions on a heavy pitch. Fenians led in the first half and again after the break. Danesfort made a fight back and led by two points for a short while. The Fenians edged it out in the end finishing strong with a 5 point lead. 

Meanwhile in terrible conditions a good Dunnamaggin side got the better of a game Graignamanagj 





Roinn C 

Barrowrangers started their minor Championship with a win over Freshford . Freshford opened the score in the first minute with a good point by Mark McCarthy. Barrowrangers player Joe Healy hit the crossbar after a rasping shot to earn him a 65 which he duely scored followed by a point from play. Freshford scored 2  more points from play. Barrowrangers had a solid back line in Paul Delaney,Conor Dermodyand Martin Drea and added 5 more points before Joe Healy found the net in the 23rd minute. Points were exchanged by both teams (Conor Hanlon, Dylan Hunston B/R and ( Jerry Begin ,Mark McCarthy F.) Joe Healy scored another goal before halftime with great work from Noah Scully and Evan Rudkins. 

In the second half Freshford had 6 points on the board all from frees  by Jerry Begin and Mark McCarthy before Barrowrangers scored a point from a Free. Both teams exchanged points before Freshford found the net .Barrowrangers came back scoring 5 points in succession with Freshford adding 3 more. A very enjoyable game of hurling on a wet Monday. Final score. Barrowrangers 2.15. Freshford 1.16.


Under wet conditions in Ballyragget this evening saw St Patrick’s won against Ballyhale


Ballyhale opened the match in the first minute with a point lead (killian corcoran) and followed by a quick 2 points – going 3 points up


Ballyragget scored their first point from a free taken by christian mcinerney, shortly then the game then took a twist seeing ballyragget get their first goal agin by Christian mcinerney,  Ballyragget quickly jumped ahead & were not caught. 



Carrickshock 2-20 Cloneen 4-10


Carrickshock got off to a great start on a very damp evening in Hugginstown. After 10 minutes they led 0-6  to 0-2 and looked well on top, scores from Shane Fennelly, Joseph Aylward and Padraig Lennon. But they were rocked by 2 goals in 2 minutes from Ronan Lynch and Dara Brennan and Cloneen led by 2-4 to 0-8  at the water break. Carrickshock worked their way back into it to leave it level at half time, 2-6 to 0-12. When Oisin Doyle hit the net twice in the first 5 minutes of the 2nd half Carrickshock looked in control again. But in a near repeat of the 1st half, 2 goals in the space of a minute from the ever danger Shane Buggy and Cian Mooney had Cloneen right back in it. And with Buggy deadly from placed balls, they led at the water break, 4-9 to 2-14. But then Carrickshock turned on the style, and after Darragh Dwyer scored a great individual effort to put them in front, they never looked back.. They scored 6 points on the trot to finish with a 4 point win, 2-20 to 4-10.





Village A CLASS on my APART 

Erins Own 0-5 ; James Stephens 4-20. 

Erins Own achieved a clean sweep in Roinn B last season however the boys in blue were given a sharp lesson of life in Roinn A by James Stephens at Ballycomey on Wednesday evening at U-15 level. The city boys bossed from start to finish and were ahead 0-6 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. When a long range effort rebounded off the post it was promptly dispatched to the net despite the best efforts of Comer keeper Conor O’Sullivan even at this stage there was simply no way back for Erins Own. The control and clean catching of the Village was a joy to behold and players to impress in this department were Edward Lauhoff and Sean Bergin. By half time the lead had stretched 11 points 1-12 (JS) to 0-4 (EO). Scorers for Erins Own were James Coogan (0-2), Michael Brennan and Jake Connery. The second half was for the most part one way traffic and even though James Stephens emptied their bench the scores kept mounting up. James Coogan was the lone Comer player to raise a flag. The winners were in a different class and fully deserved this excellent win. 


Boro’s late surge does it 

Dicksboro: 4-12 

Young Irelands 2:10


This final league game between Young Irelands and Dicksboro was an eagerly awaited contest as Young Irelands hadn’t lost a game in their division and Dicksboro had suffered a defeat to Tullogher the previous week. The Boro opened the scoring with two points  from Evan Murphy and Patrick Lacey. In the 10th minute, Ben Phelan put Young Irelands on the scoreboard with a point from a free. Jamie O’Brien rattled the back of the Gowran net with a great turn of foot. Jamie Carter passed a ball across the face of the Boro goal and Mikey Keating got the bas of the hurl to it to slip past the Dicksboro keeper. Ben Phelan scored four more points and his brother Cian scored one point for Gowran before Killian Dollard scored Dicksboro’s second goal befor half time. Only a point seperated the teams at half time; Young Irelands 1:6, Dicksboro 2:4.


The Boro side came out and scored 1-4 in the first 8 minutes of the second I  half. Jamie Carter replied with a goal to keep Gowran in the game. A relentless battle between the two teams ensued with some epic blocking, hooking, iodefending and some great runs from both teams! Nearly ten minutes passed without either team scoring. But Brian Moore answered the Boro call, scoring three points before Killian Dollard scored his secondkto k goal and the Boro’s fourth to give them a formidable eight point lead. This was a great contest to behold and both full back lines and centre backs were stalwart in their defence. 


In Clara, Tullogher ultimately proved too strong for the home team who were shorn a handful of starters. A flurry of points in the last ten minutes added a slight gloss to the scoreline but Tullogher were always in control led by the impressive Jamie Lyng and Marty Murphy. Full time: Clara 0-5 Tullogher Rosbercon 1-13.


A sunny Wednesday evening in Dunnamaggin saw the meeting of the top two sides in Rionn B Group A. Dunnamaggin opened the scoring with a 40 yard free from Cathal Buckley. Answered quickly by Bennettsbridge opening the scoring with another well pointed free. Dunnamaggin responded strongly with a goal from Noah Gilmore.

It was a more attacking Bennettsbridge bridge side that came out after the water break. With 2 goals from play seeing Bennettsbridge going in ahead at half time.

Despite a spirited performance from Dunnamaggin the stronger side remained on top. With the score board recording a 1:11 to 3:19 win for the visitors at full time.




Roinn C 


Fenians 1-13 1-5 St Lachtains 

St. Lachtains opened the scoring with point from Luke Phelan and that was the only time  they led in the game.  They batlled hard against a good Fenians outfit

who had strong performers in Darragh Mc Cormack and Rory Garrett.

Fenians leading by 8 pts to 3 at half time. St. Lachtains were unlucky to not score a goal or 2 but it was Fenians who scored the first Goal and went on to win by a deserved 1-13 to 1-5




1. Craig Debhuaigh

2. Matahi MacAnbhui

3.Darragh O Gradaigh

4.Colin O Braoin

5. Somhairle O Murchu

6. Padraig O Culinn

7. Luke O Breathnach

8. Evan O Riain

9. Gerard Mac Aondreas

10. Eoghan Sumneri

11. Donagh O Meaghair

12.Darragh Mac Cormaic (7pts)

13. Rory O Gearoid (5 pts 3 frees, 2 65′)

14. Niall O Maca (1pt)USAmorning morning we can see j I

15. Sean O Breathnach (j 1Goal)

16. Cillian O Purceaill


St. Lachtains


1. Michael Murphy 

2. Ben Roche

3. Cathal Hickey

4. Anthony Colclough

5. Eoin Dalton

6. Jerry Bergin (3pts 2 Frees, 1 65)

9. Marty Campion

10. James O Connor (1pt)

11. Cathal Bowden (1Goal)

12. Conor Dalton

13. Cian Donnelly

14. Luke Phelan (1pt)

15. David Kavanagh-Hayde

17. Bobby Darcy Replaced David-Kavanagh  Hayde

18. Mikey Tiernan replaced Eoin Dalton

19. Colin Mc Gree




Young Irelands 1:20

Thomastown 0:5


The U13 League got off to an exciting start tonight after the long wait for games to begin. Young Irelands were home to neighbours Thomastown in this first round. The first twenty minutes were tit-for-tat as both sides kept even scores. Thomas Langton scored the first three points for Young Irelands while Ciarán Coone scored two points and Colin O’Neill one for Thomastown before the first water break. However the next quarter saw the Gowran boys storm ahead with Thomas scoring five points and Aidan Keating three points for the Red and White side. Ciarán Coome added a point for Thomastown before the half time whistle, giving a score of Young Irelands 11 points. Thomastown 4 points.

The second half was a very one sided affair as Young Irelands dominated the score-board. Alex Kenny scored a screamer of a goal for Gowran in the 48th minute and added two more points to his tally to give Young Ireland’s a comfortable lead. Though Young Irelands were ahead on the scoreboard, the battle was far from over on the field as Thomastown battled hard and fought tooth and nail for every ball. Ruairí Phelan, Mathew Murrahy and Conor Lynch were powerful in the fullback line for Young Irelands. Conor Barcoe and Óisín Farell worked hard and were strong for Thomastown.  



Galmoy/Windgap  3-8Lisdowney  2-11

A last minute free by P J Delaney gave Galmoy/Windgap a share of the spoils in this entertaining U-13 clash in Lisdowney on Saturday morning. The game was a closely fought contest all through with both sides enjoying periods of superiority. A P J Delaney goal for the visitors in the 8th minute drew a similar response from Lisdowney’s Cillian Dunphy with a ground strike. When a 65 from Delaney went all the way to the Lisdowney net in the 24th minute, it left the half time score at Lisdowney 1-7 Galmoy/Windgap 2-3 with Robert McEvoystriking all of the Lisdowney points, six of them from frees.

Mikey Saunders was now deputising in goal for the injured Darragh Enright and he brought off a great save from Lisdowney’s James Walshe in the 34th minute. Tadhg Kennedy picked a point which was responded to by a brace from Robert McEvoy. In the 52nd minute Sam Moloney got on the end of  a P J Delaney free to flick the sliotar to the net, Galmoy/Windgap 3-6 Lisdowney 1-9. With the game in injury time, Robert McEvoydropped a Lisdowney free into the opposing square with CiaránMcMenamin  first timing to the net before that Delaney equaliser. Alex Culleton ,Padraig Egan and Aidan O Shea also did well for the visitors.

Galmoy/Windgap:Darragh Enright,Alyn Hearne,AlexCulleton,Shane Norris,Jack O Dwyer,Fionn Lonergan,MikeySaunders,Padraig Egan(0-2,0-1 65),Aidan O Shea,TadhgKennedy(0-1),P J Delaney(2-4,1-2 frees),Joe Moloney,RyanWhelan,Sam Moloney(1-0),Jack Egan(0-1).

Sub: Jack Murray for Darragh Enright(inj.) 12 mins,DarraghEnright for Jack Murray 38 mins.

Lisdowney: Patrick Murphy,Patrick Cahill,James Leahy,EvanPerry,Patrick Fogarty,Michael Doran,Michael John Banville,Noah Scott,Matthew Grogan (Capt.),Adam Wall,RobertMcEvoy (0-11,0-8frees),Ciaran McMenamin(1-0),James Dooley,James Walshe,Cillian Dunphy(1-0)

Referee: John Guinan (St Lachtains)


Young Irelands 3-8

Rower-Inistioge 4-5


On the Feast of the Assumption Young Irelands U13 B team welcomed the Rower-Inistioge to Gowran in the first round of this 13 aside competition. This was a great contest with two very evenly matched teams. Aidan Keating opened the scoring for Young Irelands with a goal and a point and Eoghan Phelan added a second goal for Gowran in the first half. The Rower-Inistioge scored 1-4 in the first half levelling the score at half time. 

Gowran pushed ahead in the second half with points from Eoghan, Tomás Carroll, Conor Carroll and Kealan Barcoe. It seemed that Gowran were going to be victors when Harry Byrne scored a goal but the Rower Inistioge had other than ideas. They scored three goals in the last seven minutes given a fair draw game result at full time. 











By Mary Morgan Tue 18th Aug

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