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Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor Hurling Leagues Week 2

By Eddie Doyle Sun 10th Apr

Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor Hurling Leagues Week 2
Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor Hurling Leagues Week 2

Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor Leagues are in full flow


VENUE: Thomastown

REF: John Walsh


Thomastown 2:19 v 0:06 Barrow Rangers

First up for Thomastown in round 1 of the minor league was a visit from Barrow Rangers on a dry but very cold night in Thomastown GAA Club.

The home team started very well and raced to a 4 point to no score lead after points from Dara Lee, Cian Farrell, Colm Treacy and midfielder  Eanna O Keeffe.  Colm Treacy was also very unlucky not to get a goal but he did bring out the best in Barrow Rangers goal keeper, Seamus Brennan, who made a great save and in fact Seamus went on to have an excellent performance for the remainder of the game.  Barrow Rangers did get on the score sheet through Sean Hanlon who pointed after receiving a pass from Noah Scully who had made a great run from midfield and right the heart of the Thomastown defence.  Thomastown replied quickly when centre forward Cathal O Driscoll pointed from just inside the ’65 to leave the score 0:05 v 0:01 in favour of the home side.  Thomastown were on top at this stage with Alex Begley and Rory Connellan winning plenty of ball around midfield and their half back line.  Thomastown corner forward Colm Treacy pointed again for the hosts and he was playing well, looking very dangerous every time the ball was nearby.  Barrow Rangers replied excellently with two points, a point from play by hard working wing forward Sean Hanlon and a ’65 from Patrick Wade to cut the deficit to 3 points. Thomastown added two more score’s before Barrow Rangers full forward Niall Carpenter added a very good score after he fought hard to win possession, score now 0:08 v 0:04. When John Walsh blew for half time Thomastown had added two more points through Dara Lee and Rory Connellan.

Thomastown started the second half in flying form and with 6 unanswered points got well on top and were in full control. Barrow Rangers were battling hard and up stood wing forward Sean Hanlon again and pointed in style. Thomastown continued to find scores and added another free from Cian Farrell before Conor Monks goaled on 22 mins.  Eoin O Neill worked a great goal chance for Barrow Rangers that was excellently saved by Evan Wilson.  Eanna O’ Keeffe  at the  other end got a chance of goal and took it well and then he immediately followed that up with a point from distance.  Barrow Rangers and Thomastown both added pointed frees to bring proceedings to a close.


Thomastown: Evan Wilson, Matthew Cullen, Oisin O Reilly, Jimmy Maher, Tyler Nolan, Alew Begley, Conor Kelly, Rory Conellan, Eanna O Keeffe, Alex Cass, Cathal O Driscoll, Conor Monks, Dara Lee, Cian Farrell, Colm Treacy, Jason O Hara.

Barrow Rangers: Seamus Brennan, Eoin Delaney, Joey McEvoy, Kane Scully, Paddy Purcell, Darragh Carpenter, Kayleim Hughes, Eoin O Neill, Noah Scully, Cathal Purcell, Patrick Wade, Sean Hanlon, Liam Healy, Niall Carpenter, Shane McDonald, Jack Keating, Evan Kelly, PJ McHugh, Shane Hanlon, Eoin Prendergast, Eoin Clancy, Dermot Hennessey.



VENUE: Kilmacow
REF: Raymond Byrne


Kilmacow 4:18 v 2:10 James Stephens


Kilmacow looked to open up their minor campaign for 2022 with a win on their newly opened pitch, while James Stephens were seeking their first league win of the season after a strong showing against the Rower Inistioge  last week. Caoilin Kelly got the home side off the mark with a well-taken point from a tight angle. Alan Larkin got the visitors first score, slotting over a free before following with a point from play soon after. David Williams and Eoin Aylward responded, putting Kilmacow a point ahead. Kilmacow didn’t look back from there, with Kelly pouncing on a loose ball around the square, finishing nicely into the corner of the goal. David Williams added his first free of the evening, after some good work from Shane Morrissey in the middle of the park. Tom Reddy, Killian Blanche and Williams kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from play. At the other end of the pitch, Alan Larkin was doing his best to keep the village men in touch, with points from play and placed balls. Both sets of backs did extremely well during this period with Rian McDonald, Eden Gillespie and Callum Regan mopping up possession while Sam Larkin stood out at the other end. Village Keeper Andrew Brennan made a couple of nice saves but David Sheridan managed to get Kilmacow’s second goal with a clever finish into the bottom corner. Sheridan and Aaron Cass caused problems for the defence throughout the first half. A fine battle was taking place in the middle third. Lorcan Suffin was doing well clearing a lot of ball. David Williams caught one of these thundering clearances, slotting it over from the sideline. Two further Williams points, one from a free, gave Kilmacow a 10 point lead at the break.

James Stephens looked rejuvenated after the break, with centre forward Andy Murphy looking dangerous when on the ball and Sean Deeley posing a huge threat after a move into full forward. However, the Kilmacow full back line of Ben Doyle, Lorcan Suffin and Eoin Murray did well to contain them. Meanwhile, David Williams kept adding to his tally, grabbing a flurry of points from play. David Sheridan constantly posed a threat in around the goalmouth and was duly rewarded with his second goal of the game. Jack Doyle, who relocated to the forwards after being in goal in the first half, showed how versatile he is getting Kilmacow’s fourth goal. This was followed by a well-taken point. David Williams kept tacking on the points with a free and one off his left after cutting through the defence on a solo. The ever-present Sean Deeley found his hard work was rewarded when the village got their first goal. DarraghLawlor, Jack Noonan and Matthew Kavanagh helped the village get a bit of a foothold, with some brilliant clearances, eventually leading to a second goal for the city men. Lorcan Suffin moved up into the forwards, winning some great high balls and offloading to David Williams for another score. Sean Deeley made sure the village kept their account ticking over but they could not bridge the gap. Kilmacow winning on a score line of 4:18 v 2:10.

Kilmacow: Jack Doyle, Ben Doyle, Lorcan Suffin, Eoin Murray, Eden Gillespie, Calum Regan, Rian McDonald, Tom Reddy, Shane Morrissey, Killian Blanche, David Williams, Eoin Aylward, Caoilin Kelly, Davis Sheridan, Aaron Cass, Garret Foot, Jack Hearne, Kevin Phelan.

James Stephens: Andrew Brennan, Jamie Peters, Sam Larkin, Colm Byrne, Darragh Lawlor, Jack Noonan, Mathew Kavanagh, Sam Deeley, Liam Rea, Joe Cleary, Andy Murphy, Callum McFarlame, Matthew Kiely, Alan Larkin, Theo Patrani, Brian Gladney.




Graignamanagh 0-08 4-13 St Patricks

A well oiled St Patricks team were too strong for Graignamanagh on Monday evening in this Under 17 Roinn B league match.
A number of well taken scores throughout the first half by Mark Doheny and Aaron Neallis put the visitors in a strong position. Graig stayed in touch for a while through the free taking of midfielder Nicky Ryan and points from Colin Hamilton. However, late in the first half a mix up in the Graig defence allowed Patricks in for an easy goal and from that point on there was little prospect of a Graig comeback.
Both teams swapped points throughout the second half but three late goals for the Ballyragget side by Sean Brennan and Marc Bergin put the seal on their superiority.
Playing well for the winners on the day were Conor Phelan, Sean Purcell and Marc Bergin, whilst Nicky Ryan, Colin Hamilton and Devon Kielthy all showed  up well for the home team.


Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor Hurling Roinn C League


St. Lachtain’s (Freshford)      5-21

Conahy Shamrocks                0-10


A strong and skilful St. Lachtain’s got the better of a young Conahy Shamrocks side in the Kilkenny Honda Centre Roinn C League, played in Jenkinstown on Monday March 28th. The Freshford boys were dominant throughout despite the honest effort shown by the home side.


St. Lachtain’s established their superiority early on with early goals from Cian Donnelly, Bobby Darcy and Sean Counihan. Though Conahy responded with points from Darragh Hennessy, Patrick Kennedy and Eoin Dunne, the Freshford boys were finding it far easier to create scoring chances. The first half ended with St. Lachtain’s leading by 3-10 to 0-5.


The second half continued in the same manner with Cian Donnelly, Martin Campion, Conor Dalton and James O’Connor adding to the Freshford tally. Jack Rhatigan and Darragh Hennessy added a pair of points in response, but St. Lachtain’s still had plenty in reserve, and ran out deserved winners.




St. Lachtain’s: Michael Murphy, Liam Kenny-Landers, Luke Phelan, Jamie Denieffe, Eoin Dalton, Jerry Bergin, Cathal Bowden, Martin Campion, James O’Connor, Cian Donnelly, Conor Dalton, Michael Tiernan, Bobby Darcy, Sean Counihan, Colin McGree, Anthony Colclough, Tadhg Bolger, Trystian Keane.


Conahy Shamrocks: Brian Phelan, Rory Dunne, Conor Hennessy, Killian Lacey, Jake Dooley, Darragh Hennessy, Charlie Carroll, Jack Rhatigan, Patrick Kennedy, Daniel Mooney, Eoin Dunne, Ben Duggan, Darragh Horgan, Adam Morrissey, Tommy Mulhall.



VENUE: St John’s Park

REF: Conor Everard


O’Loughlin Gaels 1-9 to 1-15 James Stephens

A good game at St. Johns Park saw the visitors come away with the spoils after a late second half surge. The Gaels got the scoring off after a fine move was finished by Ruarc Sweeney on the third minute. Almost immediately the Village countered through a Sean Casey point , a pattern that we’d see develop as the game went on. Lively full forward Fionn Lawlor returned the lead to the Gaels with the first of five successful placed balls and in a good period in the game worked hard to find the net on 15 minutes leaving the score now at 1-3 to 4pts. Sean Casey was equal to the task at the other end pointing two more placed balls before Lawlor stepped up again to keep the Gaels noses ahead on 22minutes. Then an unfortunate injury to Jacob Breslin saw a long delay in the game. Breslin was carried off the field and we wish him a speedy recovery. The Village were the more lively on the restart and saw the half out with two points. It was a good half which saw Lawlor, Daniel Briers at midfield and full back Evan Burke put in fine performances.

Half time score O’Loughlin Gaels 1-4 to 0-8 James Stephens


Immediately on the restart Eoghan O’Brien equalised. Scores were traded between Lawlor and Casey through placed balls before Bill McDermot got a run on the Gaels defence only for Michael Lambert to bravely save. Lambert did well in the goal but McDermot was in again soon after to strike for the net midway through the half. Points added through Casey stretched the lead to 6 points. The Gaels continued to fight and two more scores through centre back Ruadhrí Galwey and free taker Lawlor completed the O’Loughlins tally. Further conversions by Casey gave the visitors the league points and a satisfactory evenings work.

It was an entertaining encounter that was well received by those in attendance. Well done all.



VENUE:  Pairc Sheamuis Stiophan

REF: Colin Tobin


James Stephens 1:15 v 0:05 Bennettsbridge

On a very wet, windy and cold night at the Kells Rd venue both teams did very well to battle the elements in round 2 of the minor A league.

James Stephens, playing against the wind, opened the scoring early on and continued to find their scores a little easier than the visiting side.  Bennettsbridge battled hard throughout and got a couple scores of their own but James Stephens were going well and went on to lead at half time by 0:09 v 0:02.

Bennettsbridge started the second half with renewed hope and got the first two scores to set themselves up for a comeback only for the home side to get going again and they started picking off the points as they did in the first half. In the latter stages of the game Andy Murphy found the net for James Stephens to seal the victory.



VENUE: Tom Ryall Park

REF: Eamon Larkin


Tullogher Rosbercon 2:13 v 3:06  Graigue Ballycallan

Graigue Ballycallan started with the strong breeze but were unable to capitalize and hit a few bad wides. Tullogher Rosbercon were more economical and with Ryan Murphy, Andrew Murphy and Finbarr Kelly in great form they stormed into the lead. Graigue Ballycallan responded with a good goal from Tony Butler and points from play and frees from Cormac Neary left the halftime score 1-07 to 1-03 in favour of Tullogher Rosbercon.

The second half was end-to-end stuff from both teams. Graigue Ballycallan cut the deficit to one point immediately after halftime but a good goal from Andrew Murphy gave Tullogher Rosbercon the edge again. Ryan Cody and Dean O’Brien (GBC) at midfield gave Graigue Ballycallan the platform to get goals from Martin Brennan and Cormac Neary to close the gap but Tullogher Rosbercon did enough to emerge victorious. This was a great spectacle for spectators on a cold evening with great blocking and hooking all over the field.



VENUE: Clara

REF: David Hughes


Clara 1:21 v 1:03 Naas

Naas made the long trip to a cold and blustery Clara for their first match of this year’s Minor A League on Monday evening. Clara, having the advantage of playing their first-round match against Bennettsbridge the previous week, looked the more cohesive team early on and had the majority of the ball.  Despite some wayward shooting the Clara boys were well ahead by half time with seven different scorers on board. It took Naas twenty minutes to trouble the umpires, but they also managed to hit the last score of the half to leave the half time score at Clara 1-10 Nass 0-2.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Clara in control and keeping the scoreboard ticking over without ever really threatening the Nass goal. A further 11 points left Clara well on top with Nass managing only 1 point in return until they got the consolation of a late goal, which turned out to be the last score of the match.

Naas, short of their county minors, could never got to grips with a Clara team who did what they had to do.

Final Score: Clara 1-21 Nass 1-3.

The Scorers

Clara:    Conor Hoyne 0-9(6fs); Harry Boyle (0-4); Joe Power (1-1); Sean Carrigan (0-3)

Ned Langton (0-2); Zach Lawlor, Luke Lawlor (0-1) each.


Naas:     James Codd (1-1); Jack Walsh, Noah Farrell (0-1) each.


Clara:    Cian Kelly, Alex McDonald, Ben Crow, James Cody, Philip Carrigan, Zach Lawlor, Ben Murphy,

Conor Hoyne, Hugh Kelly, Ned Langton, Sean Carrigan, Harry Boyle, Tommy Delaney, Luke Lawlor, Joe Power.

Subs:     Daniel Ryan for James Cody, Eoin Corr for Philip Carrigan, John Bergin for Harry Boyle,

Bill Kealy for Sean Carrigan.


Naas:     Leonard Ryan, Fionan Delany, Joe Corrigan, James Carty, Cormac Geissel, James Bedford,

Shane Kelly, Paul L’Estrange, Tom Walsh, Ciaran O’Neill, James Walsh, Jack Walsh,

James Codd, Noah Farrell, Jack Tobin.


Sub:       Peter Fitzgerald.




By Eddie Doyle Sun 10th Apr

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