County Senior Hurling Challenge Cups Round-Up

There were 13 games played in the first round of the new Senior Hurling Challenge Cup last weekend. There was one walkover –Knockavilla Kickhams conceding to North champions of 2012, Portroe.

First game in the new competition was on Saturday in Annacarty when the home side Eire Óg Annacarty Donohill made a positive start to the season with a comfortable 2-15 to 1-10 win over Ballingarry. Later that afternoon in Roscrea, Loughmore Castleiney secured a one point win by 2-16 to 4-9 over the local side.

There were 10 games on Sunday.

Toome defeat Lorrha

Toomevara defeated Lorrha and Dorrha by 2-16 to 0-16. First half goals from Willie Ryan and Paddy Grace were the difference in this well contested game played in Toomevara. the goals helped Toome into a 2-6 to 0-10 half time lead. They maintained the lead through the second half but needed two fine saves from Brian Delaney to keep Lorrha at bay where Cian Hogan top scored. Willie Ryan was top scored for Toome.

Toomevara: B Delaney; P Tuohy, Benny Dunne, A Ryan; K McGrath, D Delaney, C Canning; D Young, C Delaney; C O’Meara, F Devaney, D Kelly; D Nolan, W Ryan, P Grace. Subs used: J Boland, J McLoughney, J Delaney, L Ryan, B McCormack.

Lorrha and Dorrha: B Hogan; G Houlihan, T Nevin, J Lewis; D Kennedy, M O’Carroll, C Duggan; E Moran, S O’Meara; D Fogarty, R O’Meara, J Maher; N Hogan, C Hogan, C Fogarty. Subs used: B Moran, N Houlihan.

Moycarkey-Borris win against Burgess

In a high scoring and entertaining game at Kilcolman, Moycarkey-Borris defeated Burgess by 2-20 to 0-19. Moycarkey got an early goal but Burgess came back to lead by 0-12 to 1-6 at half time. However, Moycarkey took advantage of the wind in the second half and some fine long range point taking and a second goal set them up for a comfortable win.

Moycarkey Borris: James Doran; James Bourke, James Power, Niall O’Sullivan; Paul Dempsey, David Morris, Kevin Moran; Pat Carey, Rory O’Regan; Willie Dempsey, Pat Molloy, Ciaran Clohessy; Rory Ryan, Kieran Morris, Anthony Healy. Subs used, Mossy Bracken, Gerry Maguire and Brian Moran

Burgess: Niall McGrath; Paddy Hogan, Conor Quigley, John O’Dwyer; Johnny Mulqueen, Damien O’Brien, Brian Tucker; John O’Brien, Jack Flaherty; Stephen Murray, Shane Maher, Danny Ryan; Noel Gleeson, Eoin Hogan and Garry Howard.

No success for Clonoulty at Moneygall

Moneygall beat Clonoulty Rossmore by 0-15 to 0-10 in St Flannan’s Park, Moneygall on Sunday afternoon. Moneygall raced into an early 0-4 to 0-0 lead with Willie Greene and Paddy Fanning scoring two points each from play. But Clonoulty Rossmore soon got into their stride and gradually narrowed the gap as the half wore on, drawing level just before half time at 0-8 to 0-8. During the first half Moneygall lost Paddy Fanning and Phil Fanning to injury, while Timmy Hammersley also had to go off for Clonoulty Rossmore.

Moneygall got back in front early in the second half and stretched their lead with points from Pajo Troy, Michael Bergin, Mike Ryan and Conor Ryan, as Clonoulty Rossmore struggled for scores. They came close to a goal in the closing stages following a scramble in the Moneygall goalmouth, but had to settle for a point in the follow up, and Moneygall were able to hold out for the victory.

Moneygall: Barry Ryan; Cathal Kennedy, Sean Ryan, Eoin Greene; Declan Garvey, Phil Fanning, Pajo Troy (0-1 free); Brendan Toohey, Michael Bergin (0-2); Willie Greene (0-5, 2 frees), Conor Ryan (0-1), Paddy Fanning (0-2); Ger Kirwan (0-1), Mike Ryan (0-2), Padhraic Greene (0-1). Subs: Ciaran Quinlan for Paddy Fanning, Martin Deane for Phil Fanning, Sean Kennedy for Ciaran Quinlan, Jody Troy for Brendan Toohey.

Easy win for Kildangan over Mullinahone

Kildangan enjoyed a comfortable win over a depleted Mullinahone side in excellent conditions in Puckane. The game started off evenly with Mullinahone’s Donal Cody trading points with Kildangan’s Eoin Kelly and Ruairi Gleeson within the first five minutes. Kildangan got on top on the 10th minute when Ruairi Gleeson bagged his first goal of the day to put Kildangan 1-4 to 0-2 ahead. Paul Kelly responded quickly with a 65 for Mullinahone but Kildangan scored 6 unanswered points straight after with Ruairi Gleeson scoring his 2nd goal in the 25th minute after great build up play by Joe Gallagher.Cathal Horan finished off the first half scoring with 2 points to leave the score 2-10 to 0-5 at half time in Kildangans favour. Kildangan started off the 2nd half where they left off with 3 unanswered points. The game was held up for a number of minutes due to an injury sustained by Mullinahone’s centre back Paul Kelly who was forced to go off injured. Johnny Horan got Kildangan’s 3rd goal midway through the 2nd half when he responded quickly to a rebound from a Ruairi Gleeson shot. Tommy Connors completed the goal scoring for Kildangan with an excellent goal on the 57th minute with excellent build up play involving Fergal Hayes, Joe Gallagher and Ruairi Gleeson. Best on the day for Kildangan were Martin Minehan, Ruairi Gleeson, Gerry Slattery and Tommy Connors. Mullinahone battled hard with Cathal Horan and Donal Cody scorers in chief for them.

Kildangan: Darragh Egan, David Sweeney, Liam Kelly, Stephen James Gleesonn, Gary Byrne, Dan Hackett, Gerry Slattery, Martin Minehan (0-1) , Brian Kelly, Joe Gallagher (0-2), Tommy Connors (1-4), Eoin Kelly (0-4), Johnny Horan (1-0), Ruairi Gleeson (2-6, 2 frees) , Tadhg Gallagher (0-4). Subs introduced: Fergal Hayes, Eanna Gleeson, Paddy Lynch.

Mullinahone: Alan Walsh, James Comerford, George Browing, David Walzer, Luke Mullally, Paul Kelly (0-1, 65), Garry Cronin, Kevin Walzer (0-1), Edwin O’Meara, Sean Waltzer, Donal Cody (0-2 ,1 free), Alan Curran, Danny Morrissey, Cathal Horan (0-3 frees), Nigel O’Brien.

Bourke stars for Brackens against Golden

A fine display by inter county star Shane Bourke was the difference between the sides as he amassed a personal total of 2-04 and was very influential throughout in JK Brackens 2-15 to 0-11 victory over Golden Kilfeacle. Golden, fielding a lot of new young players, will be pleased enough with their display but will need more of a return from their forwards as the West Championship looms closer. Golden, with the wind behind them, started the brighter and had early points from Christopher Ryan from frees. However JK Brackens began to settle and with Shane Bourke beginning to get a good supply of ball they were soon back in the game. Golden with Christopher Ryan to the fore kept a slender lead until just before half time when Bourke raced through for a fine goal. With the wind behind them in the second half Brackens began to pull away from Golden. The introduction of substitutes Shane Stapleton and Seanie O’Halloran stemmed the flow with the latter scoring two fine points. However with five minutes left, tormentor in chief Bourke raced through again and blasted to the net to finally shatter Golden’s chances. Best on the day for Golden were Jimbob McCarthy, John Colohan and the two Christopher Ryans

Golden Kilfeacle: Declan Donnelly; Shane O’Connell, Aiden O’Connell, James O’Connell; Sean Hayes, James McCarthy, Cathal Hayes; Ronan Hayes, Daithi Bargary; Brendan Moloney, Christopher Ryan, John Colohan; James Casey, Christopher Ryan (0-9), Thomas Byrnes. Subs used: Gerald Fogarty for Shane O’Connell, Shane Stapleton for Sean Hayes, Seanie O’Halloran (0-2) for Thomas Byrnes.

Sarsfields make successful visit to Cloughjordan

Thurles Sarsfields defeated Kilruane MacDonaghs by 1-20 to 1-12 on Sunday at MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan. Both teams were without a number of regulars. MacDonaghs played with a slight breeze in the first half which was evenly balanced. Thurles combined better in the attack. Coming up to the interval the sides were deadlocked on 0-8 each. Ray McLoughney was hauled down with a goal at his mercy, but the resultant penalty was saved. On the resumption the sides swapped a brace of points .The visitors received a boost when a rather fortuitous goal put them three ahead. They opened up a six point gap but MacDonaghs kept battling. With fifteen minutes left Eoin Williams knifed though the Sarsfields defence, offloaded to James Williams who struck a beauty into the corner of the net. However, Thurles finished the stronger to clinch victory. Best for MacDonaghs: Justin Cahill, Mark O’Leary, Jack Peters and Conor Cleary.

Kilruane MacDonaghs: Ger Corcoran, Paudie Kelly, Diarmuid Cahill, Jack Peters, Pat Conway (0-1), Justin Cahill, Colm Williams, Alan Darcy, William Cleary, Jonathan Cahill, Mark O’Leary (0-3), Conor Cleary (0-3), James Williams (1-1), Ray McLoughney (0-4 frees) and Eoin Williams. Subs: Martin Walsh and Pat Williams.

In the other games on Sunday, Killenaule had an easy 3-22 to 0-8 victory over Borrisokane in Borrisokane, Silvermines made a successful start on their return to senior ranks with victory by a goal over neighbours and rivals, Templederry Kenyons at Kenyon Park on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-13, Holyross Ballycahill had a 2-15 to 1-8 vicotry over Cashel King Cormacs in Leahy Park and Upperchurch-Drombane has a 1 point victory at Drombane over Nenagh Eire Og on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-10. Borris-Ileigh made the trip to St. Molleran’s grounds in Carrick-on-Suir on Monday night where their county players, Brendan Maher and Paddy Stapleton, were most influential in their 0-16 to 1-10 victory over Carrick Davins.

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