County Senior Hurling League Round-Up

by County PRO, Ger Ryan

Premier Division

Drom and Inch 2-11 Holycross Ballycahill 0-12

Drom and Inch recorded their second successive victory in the county league campaign in the Ragg on Sunday morning last in spring-like conditions. The hosts started the brightest as it took them just 15 seconds to record the first of 2 goals following a neat passing movement between Micheál Butler and David Collins who soloed along end line before passing to Pat Lupton who finished to the net with an overhead flick. Drom and Inch kept the high tempo up when James Woodlock set up Micheal Butler to point. Holycross had scores from Aidan Stakelum and a free from Liam Dwan either side of a long range free by Johnny Ryan from his own 65m line. The turning point in the match came when referee Micheál Hassett dismissed both James Woodlock and Jacko Doyle following a melee, Woodlock receiving a second yellow following an earlier one for dissent while Doyle received a straight red. This changed the game as the play became much looser and both teams operated with a spare man in defence. David Butler scored a well worked point before Holycross replied with points from Dwan and Aidan Stakelum to leave the deficit at 2 points. This was short lived as a long range clearance by Paul Stapleton was fielded superbly over his marker by David Butler and buried to the net. However the visitors finished the half strongly scoring three points to the home side’s one with the scores coming from Donncha Duggan, Aidan and Robbie Stakelum while David Butler scored a free after been fouled. This left the game finely balanced with at half time – Drom and Inch 2-4 Holycross- Ballycahill 0-7. Holycross started the brighter of the two sides in the second half when Liam Dwan reduced the arrears to two points but this was to be their last score for 8 minutes as Drom and Inch hit a purple patch scoring 4 points without reply through David Butler, David Collins, Micheál Butler and Johnny Ryan. Holycross were now chasing the game and attacking strongly with points from Robbie Stakelum and Dara Duggan either side of another point from David Butler. Some brave defending and goal keeping from the Drom and Inch defensive unit kept the Holycross forwards at bay. Both sides traded two scores each to see the game end with a 5 point victory for Drom and Inch.  Both sides will be feel the need to improve their accuracy with a wide count of 13 to 11 in favour of the visitors. Drom-Inch had good performances from David Butler (who finished the game with 1-4), Paul Stapleton and David Collins. Best for Holycross Ballycahill were Cathal Carroll, Brian Barrett and Aidan Stakelum.

Drom and Inch: Shane Hassett, Martin Butler, Eamonn Buckley, Michael Costello, James Ryan, Johnny Ryan (0-2 frees), Paul Stapleton, Micheál Butler (0-2), Liam Ryan, Seamus Butler, James Woodlock, Paul Collins, David Collins (0-2), David Butler (1-4), Pat Lupton (1-0).

Subs Used: Donncha Kennedy, Matthew Ryan (0-1), Paddy Kennedy, Macdara Butler, Declan Ryan

Holycross Ballycahill: T. Lowry; P. Stakelum, S. Stakelum, J. Doyle; T. Comerford, C. Carroll, M.J. Doyle; B. Barrett, P. Stakelum (0-1); A Stakelum (0-1), S. Ryan, J. Dunne; D. Ferncombe, L. Dwan (0-7), R. Stakelum (0-2).

Subs used:  D. Duggan (0-1)

Clonoulty Rossmore 1-11 Kildangan 3-13

This game was played in ideal conditions in Clonoulty on Sunday evening. In a tight first half, both teams were evenly matched with both guilty of missing several scoreable chances. The half time score was Colounty Rossmore 1-6 Kildangan 1-6, with the goals coming in the 10th minute for Kildangan from the impressive Tadgh Gallagher and in the 14th minute for Clonoulty from a 21m free courtesy of Timmy Hammersley. Colounty began the second half strongly and after 6mins lead 1-8 to 1-6. However from this point onwards Kildangan took control all over the field and were dominant in most sectors. They ran out 3-13 to 1-11 winners with the goals coming in the 53rd minute from Tommy Connors and in the 60th minute from Joe Gallagher. Best for Kildangan were Liam Kelly, Gerry Slattery, Hugh Flannery,Tadgh Gallagher and Dan Hackett. The home side were best served by Liam Devane, JoeyO’Keeffe, Tom Butler and Timmy Hammersley.

Clonoulty Rossmore: Diarmuid Cullen; Andrew Quirke, Padraig Heffernan, Kevin Horan; Anthony Kearney, John O’Keeffe, Liam Devane; Joey O’Keeffe, Paudie White; Jason Forrestal, Tom Butler, Conor Ryan; Fiachra O’Keeffe, Michael Heffernan, Timmy Hammersley.

Subs used: Niall Shanahan for John O’Keeffe (inj), Aidan White for Michael Heffernan and Martin Sadlier for Andrew Quirke

Kildangan: Cian Hayes; Martin Minehan, Liam Kelly, Shane Seymour; Hugh Flannery, Dan Hackett, Gerry Slattery; Padraic Kelly, Fergal Hayes; Tadgh Gallagher, Joe Gallagher, Paddy Lynch; Tommy Connors, Sean Kelly, Eoin Gleeson.

Subs used – Ruairi Gleeson for Padraic Kelly(inj) 22mins, Brian Kelly for Fergal Hayes (HT), Eanna Gleeson for Paddy Lynch (39mins)

Loughmore Castleiney 3-16 Thurles Sarsfields 0-24

Loughmore Castleiney won this entertaining encounter at Castleiney against local rivals Thurles Sarsfields by a single point after trailing by 7 at half-time. Sarsfields were on top early on and looked to be comfortably in charge as they built up that first half lead. Going in at the break 0-14 to 0-7 up, few would have expected them to lose. However, no Loughmore team has ever been short of determination and they responded gallantly to the challenge. A goal from James Connolly brought them well back into contention and then the turning point came when Evan Sweeney, operating from centre forward at this stage, broke through to set David Kennedy up for Loughmore’s second goal. Sweeney scored the third goal himself and Loughmore edged ahead for a 1 point victory. Most impressive for the winners were Paddy Moynihan and Eddie Connolly in defence, Liam Treacy at midfield and Noel McGrath and Sweeney up front.  Sarsfields were best served by Stephen Maher, Mickey Cahill, Michael Gleeson, Aidan McCormack, Ger “Redser” O’Grady and Johnny Enright.

Loughmore-Castleieney: Tomas McGrath; Paddy Moynihan, Derek Bourke, Tommy Long; Eoin Ryan, Eddie Connolly, Paul Brennan; Liam Treacy, Aidan McGrath; Noel McGrath, David Kennedy, Johnny Campion; Shane Nolan, Evan Sweeney, James Connolly.

Subs used: Willie Eviston for Eoin Ryan, Darren Danagher for Eddie Connolly.

Thurles Sarsfields: Patrick McCormack; Tom King, David Kearns, Stephen Maher; Barry O’Dwyer, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill (0-1); Denis Maher (0-1), Michael Gleeson (0-1); Johnny Enright (0-9), Alan Kennedy (0-1), Ger O’Grady (0-4); Aidan McCormack (0-7), John Lawlor, Michael O’Brien.

Subs Used: John Joe Bourke, Pa Dunne, Rory O Shea, David O’Dwyer, Pa Crone

Burgess 3-14 Toomevara 1-12

Burgess secured a good victory over Toomevara at Kilcolman on Sunday afternoon. The home side led all the way and were the beneficiaries of some soft goals conceded by Toome. Burgess led 1-9 to 0-6 at half time. Toome came back into the game at the start of the second half but Burgess’s second goal put them back in the driving seat. The home side’s better scoring power was the main difference and they ran out convincing winners by 8 points with Stephen Murray getting an impressive total of 1-10 from placed balls. Timmy Hogan’s 2 goals were also important for Burgess. Best for the visitors were David Kennedy, Ken Dunne, Eoin Brislane in the first half and David Young in the second.

Burgess: Niall McGrath; Peter Gill, Donagh  Maher, John Hogan; Eoin Hogan(t), Shane Maher, Jonathon Mulqueen; Jonathon Ryan(0-1), Michael O’Flaherty; Tony Scroope, Noel Gleeson(0-2), Timmy Hogan(2-0); Eoin Hogan(0-1), Damien O’Brien, Stephen Murray(1-10 frees).

Subs used; Gerry Ryan, Cian McDonnell, Kevin Nealon, John O’Brien, Tony Hogan.

Toomevara: Sean Delaney; Tomas McCarthy, John Boland, Andrew Ryan; Darren Delaney, David Young, David Kennedy; Kieran McGrath, Ken Dunne; Bob Duff, Denis Kelly, Eoin Brislane; Paddy Grace, John Delaney, Colin Canning.

Subs used: Tony Delaney for Colin Canning

Division 1

Borris-Ileigh 1-10 Éire Óg Annacarty 1-13

Eire Og Annacarty retained their unbeaten run in the County Senior Hurling League by overcoming Borris-Ileigh last Saturday at wet and windy Bishop Quinlan Park in Borrisoleigh. With the elements behind them, Eire Og started brightly with early points from Ronan O’Brien along with pointed frees from Conor O’Brien and Padraig O’Dwyer. The home side kept in touch until 5 minutes before the break a long-range free from Conor O’Brien dropped into the net via the goalie’s fingers. Damien and Conor O’Brien and Kev Fox added further points to give the West side a healthy 1-10 to 0-05 lead at the interval. Borris-Ileigh had an early goal from a Benny Harkin free 3 minutes into the second period to bring them back into the game but it proved in vain as the elements conspired to disrupt the game ensuring that defences dominated and scores were hard to come by. Padraig O’Dwyer (3, 2 frees) and Kev Fox had scores for Eire Og in the second half helping them to a deserved a 1-14 to 1-9 victory. Best for Eire Og were Ollie Kelly, Philip McLoughlin, Dan Hogan, and Conor and Ronan O’Brien. For Borris, Rory Kinane was strong in the backline for the first half and Mattie Stapleton tried hard and was unlucky not to score a goal and was a loss after he had to go off with an injury. In the second half Borris made three changes to see if they could get back into this game and had strong performances from Ciaran Cowan, Benny Harkin and Vincent Stapleton.

Borris-Ileigh: J Harkin; V Stapleton, P Rabbitte, R Kinane; S Mc Cormack, M Maher (0-1), D Dunne; M Bourke (0-1), C Bourke (0-1); B Harkin (1-3, 1-2 f), A Cowan (0-1), J Ryan (0-1); T Kavanagh (0-1 f), M Stapleton (0-1), K Ryan.

Subs Used; C Cowan for M Stapleton, B Kenny for D Dunne, T Fahey for P Rabbitte, S Maher for C Bourke.

Eire Og Annacarty: Darragh Mooney; Diarmaid Ryan, Ollie Kelly, Michael O’Dwyer; Michael McGrath, Philip McLoughlin, Dan Hogan; Finnan Walters, Conor O’Brien (1-3, frees); Padraig O’Dwyer (0-5, 4 f), Eoin Kennedy, Ronan O’Brien (0-3); John Quinn, Kev Fox (0-2), Damien O’Brien (0-1).

Subs: Patrick Horan for Eoin Kennedy, Gearoid Ryan for Damien O’Brien, Jeremy Furlong for John Quinn, Brian Ryan for Michael O’Dwyer.

Upperchurch Drombane 3-15 Kilruane MacDonaghs 2-18

Upperchurch Drombane delivered a much improved performance from last week in a high scoring draw at Drombane against Kilruane MacDonaghs. After playing with a slight breeze in the first half, MacDonaghs led at half time by 2-10 to 1-8, the Upperchurch goal being scored somewhat fortuitously by Mikey Ryan from 60m.  Upperchurch came back into the game strongly in the second half and inspired by goals from Mikey Ryan and Owen Shortt and a penalty save by Ailbe O’Donoghue from Ray McLoughney, they led by a point coming near full time. However, a fine equalizing point from Kilruane veteran, Mark O’Leary, with the second last puck of the game after a pass from Brian O’Meara, saw the sides level at the final whistle.   The most influential players for the home side were Andy Kinane at mid field and Mikey Ryan at wing forward with Owen Shortt and goalkeeper O’Donoghue also good.  Best for MacDonaghs were Justin Cahill, Niall O Meara, Eoin Hogan, Ray McLoughney and Brian O Meara.

Upperchurch Drombane: Ailbe O’Donoghue; Matt Ryan, Paudie Stapleton, Lenny Purcell; Joe Maguire, James Barry (0-3, 0-2 65s, 0-1f), John Quinn; Andy Kinane (0-2), LJ Ryan (0-1); Paudie Greene, Colm Ryan (0-1),  Mikey Ryan (2-2); Colm Stapleton (0-1), Paul Ryan (0-5, 4f), Owen Shortt (1-0).

Kilruane MacDonaghs: David Reddan; Gavin McAvinchey, Martin Walsh, Pat Williams; Diarmuid Cahill, Eoin Hogan, Colm Williams; Justin Cahill (0-1), Jonathan Cahill; Liam Gibson (1-1), Edmond Morkan (0-3), Niall O Meara (0-3); Shane Quinlan, Brian O Meara (1-2) and Ray McLoughney (0-7).

Subs used: Mark O Leary (0-1). William Cleary and Tomas Williams

Moycarkey Borris 1-15 Roscrea 2-12

In a hard fought contest there was nothing between the sides on the final gasp of the referee’s whistle on Sunday afternoon in Littleton between Moycarkey Borris and Roscrea. The opening period the game was score for score until the 17th minute when Roscrea found the net through substitute Johnny McMahon. Jamie Bergin made the initial burst for goal but when his attempts were foiled it was McMahon who was on hand to apply the finish to the net. Moments later the North side gained a grip on proceedings when Jason Fitzpatrick was on hand to whip on the ball off his left hand side to the back of the net leaving the visitors in a 2-5 to 0-7 points lead at the break. The second period began brightly for Moycarkey as they found a passage back into the match with an Anthony Healy goal after a great team move involving Robert Doran and Dan Kirby. In a nail biting finish Jason Fitzpatrick thought he had scored the winning point for the Roscrea men a minute from time however in stoppage time Robert Doran popped over a strike off his right hand side ensure both sides a share of the spoils.  There were good performances from David Morris, Eamon Ryan and Robert Doran for Moycarkey while for Roscrea Darren O Connor, David Buckley, James Maher and Padraig Carroll stood out with some great hurling.

Moycarkey Borris: John Kelly; James Power, Kieran Shortall, David Morris; Eamon Flanagan, Kevin Moran, Willie Dempsey; Gerry Maguire, Mossy Bracken; Brian Moran (0-4, 4F), Eamon Ryan (0-2), Robert Doran (0-2); Ciaran Clohessey (0-2), Dan Kirby (0-1), Anthony Healy (1-1).

Subs: Pat Ralph for M. Bracken (h/t), Lorcan Ryan for K. Shortall (h/t), James Bourke for E. Flanagan (h/t), Kieran Morris (0-3, 1-65, 1 Pen) for A. Healy (38), Rory Ryan for G. Maguire (39).

Roscrea: Kevin Dooley; Paul Breen, Keith McMahon, James Maher; Colm Monaghan, Darragh O Connor, Aaron Ryan; Denis Moloney, Darragh Spooner (0-1); Tommy Fitzgerald (0-1), Padraic Carroll (0-2), David Buckley (0-1), Jason Fitzpatrick (1-6, 3F), Joe Carroll Jamie Bergin (0-1).

Subs: Roddy Ryan (1-0) for Aaron Ryan (8), Alan Monaghan for Jamie Bergin. McMahon (51), Brian Dooley for Paul Breen (58).

Portroe 4-15 Killenaule 1-17

Portroe after a draw last weekend registered a 7 point win over visitors from the South Division, Killenaule at Portroe. Two goals early in the first half from veteran Dinny Hogan and David Gleeson provided the platform for the Portroe victory. They led by 5 at half time, 2-8 to 1-6. In an entertaining second half they maintained their supremacy and further goals from John Sheedy and Mark Gennery crowned a good performance and earned the Shannonsiders a deserved win.  Best for Portroe were: Michael Creamer, Jimmy Creamer, Dinny Hogan, Mark Gennery and Niall Gleeson

Portroe: Darren Gleeson; Nicky Ryan, Dermot O’Halloran, Christopher Riordan; Niall Gleeson, Paudie Malone, Justin Conroy; Jimmy Creamer (0-3), Mike Creamer (0-1); Shane O’Brien, Mark Gennery (1-2), John Sheedy (1-4, 0-3f); David Gleeson (1-0), Dinny Hogan (1-5), Andrew McCloskey.

Subs used: Damien Ryan for Shane O’Brien, Nigel Kennedy for Andrew McCloskey, Shane Creamer for Paudie Malone.

Moneygall 1-8 JK Brackens 3-16

Moneygall and JK Brackens met in Moneygall on Sunday afternoon.  Brackens played with the breeze in the first half and built up a 1-12 to 0-3 lead, the goal from Shane Bourke the last score of the half.  Points early on from Kevin Mulryan, Padraic Murphy, Bourke and Eoin Fitzpatrick had them on top from the start. Moneygall were wasteful in front of goal in the first half missing three goal chances and numerous point-scoring opportunities. Brackens stayed in control throughout the second half adding two more goals from Kevin Mulryan and Aidan Doyle. Moneygall’s goal came from Eamonn McCormack and Michael Cahill had three points from play. Moneygall will take some comfort from an improved second half display. Brackens were best served on the day by ageless veteran Eamonn Corcoran, Ian Delaney, Kevin Mulryan and Shane Bourke.

Moneygall: John King; Ger Ryan, Sean Ryan, Michael Kirwan; Martin Deane, Mike Ryan, Stephen Maher; Jarlath Sutton, Willie Greene (0-4, 2 frees); Conor Ryan, Ger Kirwan, Eamonn McCormack (1-1); Billy McCormack, Tom Toohey, Tommy Devereux.

Subs used: Michael Cahill (0-3), Keith Maher, Brendan Toohey.

JK Brackens: D. Russell; I. Delaney, P Keely, Paidi Bourke; T Kennedy, E Corcoran, B Guider; C Scully (0-1), A Fogarty; D Owens, J Bergin (0-1), P Murphy (0-2); E Fitzpatrick (0-2), K Mulryan (1-3), S Bourke (1-7).

Subs used :A Doyle (1-0), M. Doyle, P O’Brien, P. Bourke & A. Bourke

Templederry Kenyons 1-23 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-20

Templederry claimed two league points at the expense of Nenagh Éire Óg at a sunny Templederry on Sunday last. Templederry made the ideal start as they raced into a seven point lead after seven minutes of play, scoring 1-4 from play with Pio Kennedy getting the goal. Nenagh didn’t panic and got themselves back into the game with five points in a row to reduce the gap to two mid way through the half.  Both sides exchanged scores for the remainder of the half to leave Templederry ahead by the minimum at half time, 1-10 to 0-12. The second half began in the same fashion as the first finished with both sides scoring freely. Both goalies made certain goal saves also in the opening minutes of the second half. Mid-way through the second half, Templederry upped the ante and outscored Eire Og by 7 to 2 to run out comfortable six point winners.  Best for Templederry were Timmy Minogue, Thomas Stapleton, Gearoid Ryan, Paul Murray, Pio Kennedy, Ml Ryan L. and Christy Coughlan. Best for Nenagh Eire Og were Michael Heffernan, Paddy Murphy and Daire Quinn.

Templederry Kenyons: Matthew Ryan; Tadgh Mc Loughlin, Donal Mc Grath, Christy Coughlan; Paudie Ryan O, Thomas Stapleton, Michael Ryan L (0-1); Adrian Ryan (0-1), Brian Stapleton (0-3); Gearoid  Ryan (0-3), Paudie Ryan C (0-1), Eanna Murray (0-4); Pio Kennedy (1-1), Timmy  Minogue (0-4), Paul Murray (0-5).

Subs used: Padraig O Leary for Brian Stapleton and Edward Hynes for Eanna Murray.

Nenagh Eire Og: Willie Bolger; Daire Quinn,  John Brennan, Alan Kelly; Eoin Fitzgibbon, Richie Flannery (0-1,1 65), Brian Maxwell; Hugh Maloney (0-2), Billy Heffernan (0-2); Paddy Murphy (0-3), Shane Maher, Brian Quinn; Tommy Heffernan, Pearse Morris(0-3), Michael Heffernan(0-9,4f).

Subs: Johnny Slattery for Quinn, Sean Geaney for Kelly, David Hackett for Heffernan.

Division 2

Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams 2-13 Golden Kilfeacle 1-11

Knockavilla Kickhams recorded their first win in this year’s county league with a comfortable five point win over a disappointing Golden/Kilfeacle side in Dundrum last Sunday afternoon. Kickhams led all through and in truth should have won by more in the finish. From the throw in they were well on top in most sectors of the field and the movement of their forwards had Golden in a lot of difficulty. After fifteen minutes their dominance began to show when they led by 1-5 to 3 points, Golden were reliant on frees from Paddy Ivors at this stage. The trend was to continue for the remainder of the first half with Kickhams scoring some fine points with Patrick O’Brien particularly impressive. James O’Connell and Paddy Ivors responded for Golden to leave the score at the break Kickhams 1-7 Golden 0-5. In the second half the same trend continued. Kickhams looked much the better side against a very lethargic Golden. They raised another green flag when Richard Horgan finished after a scramble in the Golden defence. After this Kickhams took their foot off the pedal somewhat and Golden made some changes that brought them back in to the game. They managed to scramble a goal of their own when young Christopher Ryan finished well after a high ball was dropped in. However it was never enough and Kickhams ran out comfortable winners. Best for Kickhams were Damian Hayes, Brian Horgan, Eoin Carew, Patrick O Brien and Peter Comerford. Best for Golden were Donncha Carr, Cathal Hayes and Christopher Ryan.

Kickhams: Damian Hayes; Sean Keogh, Jason Loughman, Brian Horgan; Michael Shanahan, Eoin Carew, Nigel Hayes; Tommy Comerford (0-2), Shane Morrissey (0-1); Patrick O’Brien (0-4), Dan Breen, Peter Comerford (1-3); David Butler (0-1), Johnny Ryan, Paul O Dwyer.

Subs used: Richard Horgan (1-0) for Paul O Dwyer injures 15 mins, Niall O’Brien for Dan Breen.

Golden Kilfeacle: Declan Donnelly; James Tierney, Donncha Carr, Gerald Fogarty;       James Hayes, Damien Fogarty, Dermot Morrissey; Daithi Bargary (0-1), Cathal Hayes;    James O’Connell (0-1), Paddy Ivors (0-6), Brendan Moloney (0-1); Shane Stapleton, Michael Carr, Christopher Ryan (1-2).

Subs used: Brian Fogarty for Michael Carr, Ronan Hayes for James O’Connell, Aiden O’Connell for Gerald Fogarty, Michael Harding for Brendan Moloney

Ballingarry 1-13 Cappawhite 1-12

Cappawhite were the dominant team throughout a low scoring first half with Jerry O’Neill hitting 4 points from frees. The half time score was Cappa 0-6 Ballingarry 0-4. Inspired by Philip Ivors who came on as a sub late in the first half, Ballingarry improved significantly in the second period, hitting a number of well taken points and followed up with a goal midway through the half to put them in a commanding position. A late goal for Cappa ensured a close finish but Ballingarry held on for a 1 point victory.

Ballingarry: J. Logue (0-1); B. Kelly, T. Donovan, D. Fitzgerald; D. Fennelly, Ian Ivors (0-1), K. Fitzgerald; Ger Fitzgerald (0-1),  D. Norton (0-1);  C. Shelly, J.P. O’Brien, S Cahill (0-3); T. Butler, A. Cleere (0-4), Rd Butler.

Subs used: Philip Ivors (1-2) for Tom Butler, M. Butler for Rd Butler.

Cappawhite: George Kelly Donal O’ Neill Ross Dunne Ger Ryan(P) Denis Kelly Mathew Kennedy John McGrath Dessie Ryan (P) Tom Treacy Jerry O’ Neill James Bradshaw Michael O’ Neill Sean Ryan (W) Niall Hayes Paddy Julian.

Sub used:  Pa Stapleton for Donal O’ Neill.

Senior Hurling League Round Up

This round up is completed based on reports submitted by the participating clubs. Thanks to the clubs which sent in reports for the games covered in this week’s league round-up.

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