Click below for a full report on Bord na nÓg activity by board PRO Pado Flynn for the last week.
Roinn C League Final
Venue: St. Lachtains, Freshford
St. Patricks Ballyragget vs Lisdowney
Referee: John Dooley
Full- time score: Lisowney: 2-15 St. Patricks 5-16 Teams:
St. Patricks: Oisín Troy, Shane Culleton, Michael Glennon, Niall Kavanagh, Aaron Nealis, Christian McInerney, Conor Phelan, Dillion Lawless, Cian Doheny, Christian Connick, Michael Cash, Shane Culleton, Mark Doheny, Taras Biletsky, Sean Brennan, Ruairí Farrell, Harry Culleton, Conor Rocliffe, John Purcell, Shay Smith, Christopher Delaney, Mark Bergin.
Management: Keith Doheny, Lar McEvoy Tommy Drennan
Lisdowney: Billy Grogan, Noah Scott, Oisin O Connor, Stephen Cahill, Conor O Gorman, Jayme Thornton, James Mc Evoy, Brandon Brophy, Tadhg Blanchfield, Andrew McEvoy, Darragh Burn, Mathew Banville, Tadhg Phelan, James Comerford, Seamus Murphy, Adam O Neill, Ruadhan Downey, Mathew Grogan, Michael John Banville.
Management: John Bergin, Ciaran O Carroll, Pat Phelan
Freshord was the venue for the Minor C League Final last Monday evening as St. Patricks’ Ballyragget met neighbours Lisdowney in an exciting and enthralling encounter. Neither team had lost a match so far in their league campaign so deciding a winner of this clash was never going to be easy or predictable.
St. Patricks’ opened the scoring with a free followed by another two unanswered points within the first three minutes and it would have seemed that Ballyragget had set their mark early on. However, Lisdowney soon found their feet and composure putting over their first point soon after. Lisdowney took charge and continued their scoring streak as St. Patricks got temporarily blind-sided. By the first water break Lisdowney had scored 7 points to St. Patricks 3 points, they had scored in the opening minutes.
St. Patricks regrouped after the break making a slight comeback with two points before Lisdowney cut through with a spectacular goal that left St. Patricks with a five-point deficit. Lisdowney continued to stretch their lead even further after St. Patricks pulled it back by two points, but Lisdowney responded by adding a second goal in the 27th minute of the first half, but by the 28th St. Patricks had got a goal of their own. It was evident that this clash was far from decided.
Half -time score: Lisdowney 2-10 St. Patricks 1-9 leaving only a four-point advantage to Lisdowney even though it felt that they had taken charge of the first half of this match.
The tale of two halves – St. Patricks upped it a level- if Lisdowney oversaw the first half, St. Patricks certainly became the driving force of the second half. They scored a point and another out standing
goal within 5 minutes of the second half obliterating the 4-point half-time difference. Lisdowney responded with a point of their own before St. Patrick took back the lead with another goal. Lisdowney did manage to bring the difference back to one point, but St Patricks came out of nowhere with another goal and from there seemed to run away with the match. By the water break the score stood at St. Patricks 4-12 Lisdowney 2-12.- a six-point lead and time running out for Lisdowney.
That trend continued as Lisdowney scored a point, but St. Patricks responded with a fifth goal. With 52 minutes of the match played the gap was a nine-point lead for the Ballyragget men. Lisdowney never gave up, but St. Patricks were too strong for them and though they put over another three points so did Ballyragget, and the three-goal difference was impossible to recover from. St. Patricks finished with a free before the full-time whistle.
Full time score: St. Patricks 5-16 Lisdwoney 2-15
Very little separated these sides before this encounter. Both teams had huge wins in their league group matches and had yet to be on the losing side. The first half was entirely Lisdowneys for the taking where they took control, played to their strengths and put Ballyraggets team under pressure. The second half was entirely St. Patricks, with a few changes and fresh legs making all the difference, St. Patricks were able to find a new gear and their goal scoring abilities proved to be the deciding difference between these two sides which proved too strong for Lisdowney to recover from.
St. Patricks deserved winners in the end.
Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor Hurling League Roinn B Round 9:9-8-21
Kilmacow 2-15Galmoy/Windgap 2-10
Galmoy/Windgap made a great start against Kilmacowin this final league game played in Windgap on Monday last. A well taken goal by Ronan O Brien after flicking the sliotar over a defender, gave the hosts a great start. Within three minutes, centreforward Billy Power had rifled another to the roof of the Kilmacownet to leave GalmoyWindgap in front 2-2 to 0-0 after just seven minutes of play.
Kilmacow were soon to respond however, and after picking two points, they raised a green flag through Killian Blanche in the 20th minute. A flurry of points ensued from the likes of Sean Dowling, David Williams and Tadhg Connolly, before midfielder Joshua Maher Mate picked their second goal on the stroke of half time, to put his side ahead 2-7 to 2-6 at the break
The second half was an even enough affair, but Kilmacow hit six of their eight second half points from play whereas Galmoy/Windgap failed to score from play after the break.This indeed reflects the story of the game with Kilmacow moving smoothly as the game developed. Galmoy/Windgap will feel that they can play better than this, but must now focus on the first round of the championship.
Kilmacow:Sean Dowling(0-3frees),Shane Morrissey,Lorcan Suffin,Ben Doyle,DarraghKelly,Calum Regan,Dannacha Williams,DavidWilliams(0-5,0-2frees),Joshua Maher Mate(1-0),Killian Blanche(1-0),Tadhg Connolly(0-2),Nicholas Cass(0-1),David Sheridan(0-2),Jack O Neill(0-1),Tom Reddy(0-1free).
Galmoy/Windgap: Eoin O Shea , Cian O Rourke,Colman Moloney,Michael Freaney,Jim Power, Jack O Shea, Evan Doyle, Daniel Hanrahan(0-2 frees),James Purcell, Noah O Shea,Billy Power(1-1), Killian Enright(0-1) , Ronan O Brien(1-0), Conor Doyle(0-4,0-3frees),Niall Drennan(0-2frees)
Subs :Darragh Doyle(Used), P J Delaney(Used) Shane Lomax, George Culleton.
Referee: Maurice Flynn (Mooncoin)
Ballyhale Shamrocks & Emeralds played out an absolute epic game in the Duggan Steel Roinn C league final with the Emeralds winning 6-21 to 5-13 where late goals saw the men from Urlingford finally overcome a very young home team whilst the A saw James Stephen’s Red & Green share the title after a drawn affair.
The Duggan Steel Roinn A league final was a topsy turvy affair where John Lockes led James Stephen’s at half time by 3-1 to 0-3. The Village must summoned their inner Brian Cody as they won out with a superb 3-10 to 3-2 win but big praise must go to the Callan outfit on reaching the final – a club making big strides at underage level.
In the A1 final Young Irelands shot the lights out against Danesfort winning comfortably. The men clad in white & red put on such a display of touch and skill that they would be challenging for A honours very shortly.
The annual Paddy Grace Feile takes place this weekend and there’ll be a full review next week where it would be a massive surprise if James Stephen’s don’t win the title.