Country Style Foods Junior D Hurling League
Kilmacow 1-24 St Patrick’s 0-9
St Patrick’s Ballyragget made the trip south to take on Kilmacow in round 5 of the Country Style Foods Junior D hurling league. On a wet Sunday afternoon, this fourteen a side game started lively with two early points from the home side who started with some positional changes from their last outing against St Martin’s. On six minutes a fast ball into Kilmacow’s inside forward line was brilliantly caught by Ted Doyle who turned and sent a rocket to the St Patrick’s net to put Kilmacow five points in front.
St Patrick’s opened their account soon after with a super point from V Brophy. A further two points from placed balls and another from play left the home side in control. Both sides then traded scores until the twenty sixth minute when St Patrick’s were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately for the visitors they were unable to convert with Kieran Dowling making a fine save on his left hand side. Kilmacow then added another three points before the halftime whistle to leave the scores 1-13 to 0-05.
The second half started with no let up from the rain. St Patricks opened the score with a point from a 65 by James Holland and looked to have found their rhythm. Kilmacow however had other ideas and struck four unanswered points from Fionn Blanche (0-2), Paddy O’Keeffe and Donagh Myler. James Holland kept the St Patrick’s scores ticking over but after the second half water break Kilmacow pulled away from a St Patrick’s outfit who appeared to be short on numbers on the day. Points from Donagh Myler, Paddy O’Keeffe and Stephen Moore saw Kilmacow run out winners on a final score line of 1-24 to 0-09. To be fair the score line didn’t reflect a fine effort from St Patrick’s.
Kilmacow: K. Dowling, P. Laffan, C. Dolan J. Harney, K. O’Mara, T. Butler, L. Lacey, S. Moore, A. McNamara, S. Gaule, F. Blanche, P. O’Keeffe, T. Doyle D. Myler
St. Patrick’s: P. Holohan, R. Bolger, P. Brennan, J. Ryan, A. Jacob, E. Southgate, M. Love, J. Delaney, R. Bolger, J. Holland, J. Phelan, S. Shortt, J. Butler, V. Brophy
Referee John Bennett
Iverk Produce Junior C Hurling League
Threecastles 2-17 Fenians 3-22
The Fenians had a good win over Threecastles in the Iverk Produce Junior C Hurling League on Saturday evening, 10th July, which has left them in top spot in Group A with three wins from three.
Both teams got off to a flying start with the score 1-2 to 0-4 in favour of Threecastles after ten minutes. In a lively first half, scores were traded freely, with neither team getting fully on top. The Fenians went in at half time with a three point advantage, 2-10 to 1-10.
It was the Fenians who came out stronger in the second half and pulled out to a 9 point lead after 10 minutes. Threecastles clawed back a few points as the half went on but could never fully reel in their opponents. The Fenians were dangerous from every position in attack, with each forward getting on the scoresheet. In the end they ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-22 to 2-17.
The Fenians: Damien Delaney, David Walsh, Patrick McCormack, Eddie Hughes, Adam Duggan, Sean Brennan, Luke Hughes, Kevin Power, Cormac Ryan, Aaron Dermody, Davy Ryan, JJ Delaney, Jason Dermody, Bobby Tynan, Killian Fitzpatrick
Threecastles: Conrad Cooper, Craig Kennington, David Cleere, Joe Lacey, PJ Dalton, Cian Lyng, Ciaran Dalton, Vinny O’Donnell, Nick O’Shea, Darragh Walsh, Seamus McEvoy, Andy Campion, Eamonn Hennessy, Eoin O’Donnell, Tommy Rafter
Referee David Hughes
JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior B Hurling League
Barrow Rangers 3-12 Danesfort 1-23
Danesfort and Barrow Rangers played out an exciting encounter in the final round of the Junior B League at Paulstown on Sunday the 11th July last. Danesfort, seeking their first win in the league, led at the first water break by 0-10 to 0-5. Barrow Rangers quickly narrowed that lead upon the resumption by scoring 1-1 without reply. Danesfort then had points from Stephen McKenna, Adam Byrne and Ciaran Mullen (2) which left the half time score Danesfort 0-14 Barrow Rangers 1-8.
The end of the third quarter saw Danesfort still ahead by 0-21 to 1-11. However Barrow Rangers mounted a heavy attack of the Danesfort men scoring 2-1 which led to an exciting finish. However two successful frees from Stephen McKenna and a goal from Adam Byrne gave Danesfort a well-deserved win on the score line 1-23 to 3-12.
For Danesfort, goalkeeper Joe Cowhig brought off some brilliant saves. He was ably assisted by Jack McHugh and Tomás Leahy who were outstanding along with James Cunningham in defence. Stephen Duncan and Ciaran Mullen gave great displays around the midfield area while up front Jamie Phelan worked tirelessly as did Brian Mc Donald with Stephen McKenna on top scoring form.
JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior E Hurling League
Erin’s Own 1-16 Mooncoin 1-16
On Sunday afternoon, 11th July, Mooncoin travelled to Castlecomer for the 4th and final round of the JJ Kavanagh and Sons Junior E league. Comer started the better of the two sides registering the first 3 scores of the game thanks to their free scoring no.12 Darragh O’Rourke before Mooncoin got their first point from midfielder Mairtín Gannon. The teams traded points before a side-line from inside the Mooncoin half reached Adrian O’Keeffe and he finished the ball to the net to leave the sides level at the first water break. Castlecomer responded straight after the water break with a goal of their own from midfielder Tommy Coogan. Castlecomer held a three point advantage at half time and would have the aid of a strong wind in the second half.
Both sides fought hard in an entertaining third quarter and Mooncoin had reduced the deficit to two points by the final water break. With time almost up Comer held a one point lead when Adrian O’Keeffe scored an excellent point from the right hand side-line. Both teams pushed for a winner but neither team could find the winning score. There were good performances on both sides in particular from Mooncoin’s centre back Pauric Murphy and Castlecomer’s Darragh O’Rourke and Tommy Coogan.
Mooncoin: R Cody, G. Holton, C. Norris, S. Sutton, J. Blackmore, P. Murphy(0-1F), J. Conway, M. Gannon(o-2), R. Finn(0-1), M. Finn, D. Murphy (0-1), J. O’Keeffe(0-2), A. O’Keeffe(1-4 (1f)), M. Murphy (0-2), J Carroll(0-1). Sub: J. Kearns (0-2), M. Murphy, L. Walsh
Erin’s Own: S. Meally, B. Holland, S. Dwyer, K. Hogan, C. O’Reilly, S. Rice, C. Meagher, T. Dwyer, C. Clarke (0-1), A. Kerr(0-3F), R. Holden (0-2), D. O’Rourke (0-7), T. Coogan (1-1), M. Owens, J. Brennan (0-1) Sub: J. Meagher (0-1)
Referee John Guinan
Iverk Produce Junior C Hurling League
Galmoy 3-12 Windgap 3-9
Galmoy and Windgap served up a very entertaining game in this Iverk Produce Junior C hurling league clash in Galmoy on Saturday evening last, 11th July. Despite a strong closing quarter, where Windgap piled on the pressure, Galmoy were able to withstand the onslaught and hold out for their first victory in this year’s campaign.
The home side were first off the mark with an early Eoin Glendon point, but Windgap posted three quick replies to lead 1-2 to 0-1, the goal coming from Gary Lyons. The visitors dominated this opening quarter with further points from Lyons and Sean Purcell before Blade O Gorman raised their second green flag of the evening in the 9th minute. Slowly, Galmoy began to haul themselves back into contention with a brace of points each from Eddie Kelly and two Tom Phelan frees. It was Phelan who sent in a long delivery in the 20th minute which saw Eddie Kelly bat the sliotar past Conor Foley on the Windgap goal to leave it 2-5 to 1-6 with ten minutes remaining in the half.
Each side plundered a goal each in those remaining minutes. In the 26th minute Dylan Grace delivered a cross field ball which Eddie Kelly cleverly allowed to run past himself into the path of the in-running Brandan Phelan who hung it up in the net. Tom Phelan followed with a pointed free, before Windgap had the final say of the half when Adam O Shea got on the end of a James Mackey delivery and shot to the net from a very acute angle along the end line, to leave it Windgap 3-6 Galmoy 2-7 at the interval.
The third quarter was very competitive indeed, yet only three further scores were registered. Brandan Phelan struck over from play and then the same player won a 20 metre free, which Tom Phelan converted while Sean Purcell did likewise to leave it 3-7 to 2-9 at the second water break.
All the excitement in this game however came in that final period where no quarter was asked or given. Zak Kennedy stretched the Windgap lead from a placed ball in the 52nd minute. Matt Delaney had switched to the right hand side of midfield and immediately benefitted with a good point on the run. Brandan Phelan added two within a minute from almost the same position on the right wing and now Galmoy had their noses in front 2-12 to 3-8, with three minutes of normal time remaining. The winning score for the hosts came on 58 minutes when Eddie Kelly struck low to the corner of Conor Foley’s net. Windgap then summoned all their energy and, superbly lead by Sean Purcell at centre back, they did all in their might to get back on parity. Their only reward was an Eoin Cody point as Phil Brennan brought off a brilliant point blank save from a Sean Purcell 20 metre free. With 65 minutes on the clock, Windgap dropped in the resulting 65 with Eddie Kelly soaring highest to make a wonderful catch as the referee sounded the final whistle.
For Windgap, Shane Walsh, Sean Purcell, Josh Price, Adam O Shea and Eoin Cody tried really hard. Galmoy had some very good showings from Colm Smith, Joe Dollard, Gearóid Phelan, Matt Delaney & Eddie Kelly.
Galmoy: Phil Brennan, Colm Smith, Jack Delaney, James Darcy, Joe Dollard, Gearóid Phelan, Patrick Doyle, Matt Delaney (0-1),Sean Phelan, Brandan Phelan (1-3), Tom Phelan (0-4 frees), Dylan Grace, Mícheál Phelan, Eddie Kelly (2-2), Eoin Glendon (0-2)
Windgap: Conor Foley, Peter Landy, Conor Lonergan, Darragh Walsh, James Mackey, Sean Purcell (0-3, 0-2 frees), Shane Walsh, Sean Barron (0-1), Eoin Cody (0-1), Josh Price, Adam O Shea (1-0), Zak Kennedy (0-2 frees), Gary Lyons (1-1), Ger Purcell (0-1), Blade O’Gorman (1-0).
Referee: John Dooley (St Lachtains)