County Senior Hurling League Round-Up by County PRO, Ger Ryan

Premier Division

Thurles Sarsfields 1-14 Kildangan 0-20

Kildangan maintained their 100% record with a hard fought three point win over Thurles Sarsfields in the third round of the county league in Thurles on Saturday evening. Thurles started the game the brighter of the two and after ten minutes had opened up a 5 point to 3 point lead. However Kildangan were beginning to settle into the game and in the next 10 minutes outscored their hosts by 6 point to 1 to open up a 3 point lead. Sarsfields responded well and finished the half the stronger and the teams went in level at half time on a scoreline of 11pts each. Kildangan started the second half very brightly and raced into a 4 point lead inside 7 minutes. However Thurles replied in the 42nd minute with a goal when a speculative shot from distance by Tony Ruth went all the way to the net. This left the scoreline Thurles Sarsfields 1-12 Kildangan 0-16. Kildangan finished the game very strongly after this setback, with their half back line in particular on top and they outscored their opponents by 4 points to 2 in the final 10 minutes to leave the final scoreline Thurles Sarsfields 1-14 Kildangan 0-20. Kildangan were best served on the day by Dan Hackett, Hugh Flannery, Paddy Lynch, Tommy Connors and Shane Seymour. Best players for Thurles Sarsfields were Bill McCormack, David Kennedy, Denis Maher, Ger O’Grady, Alan Kennedy, John Joe Bourke

Thurles Sarsfields: Bill McCormack; Tom King, Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Maher; Barry O’Dwyer, David Kennedy, Eoin Russell; Denis Maher (0-2), Michael Gleeson (0-1); Johnny Enright (0-5), Ger O’Grady (0-2); Alan Kennedy (0-1); Aidan McCormack, John Joe Bourke (0-1), Tony Ruth (1-1).

Subs Used: John Maher (0-1), John Lawlor, Pa Dunne, Michael O’Brien, Michael Russell

Kildangan: Cian Hayes, Shane Seymour, Martin Minehan, Fergal Hayes, Hugh Flannery, Dan Hackett, Gerry Slattery, Brian Kelly, Joe Gallagher, Paddy Lynch, Ruairi Gleeson, Tadgh Gallagher, Tommy Connors, Seanie Kelly, Eoin Gleeson.

Subs: Gearoid Connors for Brian Kelly, J Loughnane for Eoin Gleeson.

Toomevara 0-14 Drom and Inch 0-19

Drom and Inch recorded their third successive victory in this year’s county league by defeating Toomevara in Toomevara on Sunday morning last. Both teams were short their respective county stars whilst Drom and Inch also had to line out without their under 21 players who were playing later in the day. Ken Dunne opened the scoring for Toome’ after running onto a mis-hit shot from a Drom player after 2 minutes. Drom responded with 4 unanswered points from Seamus Butler (2), Johnny Ryan and Joe Lupton to lead by 3 points after 10 minutes. Bob Duff replied for Toomevara with two points after good work by the Toomevara forwards forced errors from the Drom defence. The next four scores came from placed balls with Ken Dunne registering a free and a 65 while for Drom, Johnny Ryan converted a 65 to add to Seamus Butler’s free after Ryan had been fouled. Toomevara finished the half the stronger team by outscoring their visitors by 3 points to 2 in the last 5 minutes to leave the sides level at half time, 0-8 each. The second half begin in similar fashion to the first one with Toomevara quickest out of the traps to register a point by Paddy Grace.  Seamus Butler and Ken Dunne swapped points in the third minute. Paddy Kennedy caught a great puck out and fired over the bar in the 4th minute. Johnny Ryan and Ken Dunne traded frees before Seamus Butler added 2 further points after good work from Macdara Butler. Johnny Ryan added another point before Bob Duff replied for the home side. Ryan who was now on top at midfield split the post for two more points, one coming from a 65. This now put Drom and Inch up 4 points with ten minutes remaining in the second half. Toomevara were trying to bridge the gap but were struggling to overcome a resilient Drom and Inch defence. Two further points from Johnny Ryan and a late point from Paddy Kennedy extended the lead to 5 points again. A penalty in the last minute of added time was saved and cleared by the Drom rear guard ensured that the men from the Mid would leave with the spoils with the final score Drom and Inch 0-19 Toomevara 0-14. Drom had some very good performances on the day from all areas of the pitch with Johnny  Ryan at midfield key to everything that was good about them. Up front Seamus Butler was in great form and scored some impressive scores. For Toome Paddy Grace with 6 points from play, Bob Duff with 3, Ken Dunne with 5 points from play and frees and Joey McLoughney, who was returning after injury, were best.

Toomevara: James McGrath; Andrew Ryan, John Boland, Paddy Tuohy; Tomas McCarthy, Joseph McLoughney, David Kennedy; Ken Dunne, Colin Canning; Bob Duff, Denis Kelly, John Delaney; Paddy Grace, Kieran McGrath, Brian Shanahan.

Sub: Tony Delaney, Darren Delaney and Niall McCormack.

Drom and Inch: Damien Young, Martin Butler, Michael Costello, Paul Stapleton, Micheal Butler, Eamonn Buckley, Donncha Kennedy, Johnny Ryan (0-9, 3f, 2 65’), Matthew Ryan, Seamus Butler (0-7, 2f), Joe Lupton (0-1), Paul Collins, John Kennedy, Macdara Butler, Kevin Butler.

Subs: Paddy Kennedy (0-2)

Holycross Ballycahill 0-14 Loughmore Castleiney 0-15

At sundrenched Holycross on Sunday last Loughmore Castleiney secured their second 1 point victory of the league campaign when defeating old mid rivals Holycross Ballycahill by 0-15 to 0-14. The free taking on both sides was the key to a close fought encounter throughout.  Loughmore led by 2 points at half time 0-8 to 0-6. For the winners, Derek Bourke is back from injury this year and played solidly at full back.  Good defensive play also came from Paddy Moynihan, Willie Eviston and young John Meagher.  Liam Treacy played well at midfield while Johnny Campion notched some fine points from play and the accuracy of Evan Sweeney from frees was vital. Best for the home side were A Stakelum, B Barrett and C Carroll.

Holycross Ballycahill: T. Lowry; P. Stakelum, S. Stakelum, D. Duggan; T. Comerford, C. Carroll, M.J. Doyle; B. Barrett (0-1), P. Stakelum; A Stakelum (0-4), S. Ryan, J. Dunne; D. Ferncombe, L. Dwan (0-7f), R. Stakelum (0-2).

Loughmore Castleiney: John Scully; Paddy Moynihan, Derek Bourke, Willie Eviston; Eoin Ryan, Tommy Long (Captn), John Meagher; Liam Treacy (0-2), Garry Sweeney (0-1); Johnny Campion (0-3), Ciaran McGrath (0-1), Tomas McGrath; James Egan (0-1), Evan Sweeney (0-6), James Connolly.

Subs used:  Michael Webster for Garry Sweeney, Aidan McGrath (0-1) for Eoin Ryan

Division 1

JK Brackens 1-15 Templederry Kenyons 2-10

Three unanswered points in the closing stages were enough to give JK Brackens a narrow win in an entertaining and close encounter last Sunday morning at Templemore. The home team made all the early running and opened the scoring with a Kevin Mulryan goal. Points from Aidan Doyle (2) and Eoin Fitzpatrick saw them well in control but a defensive lapse allowed Paul Murray to goal and haul the north men back into contention. Four Adrian Ryan points in a row saw them lead at the break by a single point. Another Ryan free and a second Paul Murray goal shortly after the restart gave them a 5 point lead and Brackens looked in trouble. However, 2 more Doyle frees and further white flags from Cathal Scully, Lorcan Egan and Mulryan tied the scores. Another Adrian Ryan free put Templederry ahead before Eoin Fitzpatrick, Brandan Guider and sub Paul O Brien all pointed to put the mid side ahead. The North men had a late chance to snatch the win when awarded a 20m free in injury time but Matthew Ryan drove the opportunity wide. Best for JK Brackens were Eamonn Corcoran, Brendan Guider, Lorcan Egan, Darren Owens and Eoin Fitzpatrick. Best for Templederry were Thomas Stapleton, Christy Coughlan, Paul Murray, Matthew Ryan.

JK Brackens: D Russell; Peter Bourke, P Keely; Paidi Bourke; T Kennedy, E Corcoran (0-1), B Guider (0-1); C Scully (0-1), L Egan (0-1); P Murphy, D Owens, A Fogarty; A Doyle (0-6), K Mulryan (1-1) E Fitzpatrick (0-3).
Subs used: P O’Brien (0-1)

Templederry Kenyons: Matthew Ryan; Tadgh Mc Loughlin, Donal McGrath, Paudie Ryan O; Michael Ryan L, Tom Stapleton, Christy Coughlan; Brian Stapleton (0-1),  Edward Hynes; Adrian Ryan (0-5f), Paudie Ryan C,  Micheal O’Leary; Paul Murray (2-3), Padraig O’Leary (0-1), Pio Kennedy.

Subs used: Dale Donnelly and Matthew Hogan.

Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill 0-15 Moycarkey-Borris 0-17

Eire Og Annacarty’s unbeaten run came to an end as Moycarkey-Borris held out for a two point victory in a hard-fought game in Annacarty. The home side will rue the sluggish first-half display, coupled with poor shooting over the hour, 13 wides to only 3 for Moycarkey-Borris. The Mid side meant business as they fired over 3 early points before Padraig O’Dwyer landed Eire Og’s opening point in the 12th minute. Moycarkey-Borris kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from play and placed balls, while Eire Og were relying on frees from Padraig O’Dwyer with Brian Fox landing their only point from play in the first period. The game could have been over by the break were it not for Darragh Mooney’s point-blank save which kept Eire Og in touch. The visitors led 0-11 to 0-5 at the break. There were reports of some harsh words in the home dressing room at at half-time but whatever happened, Eire Og came more into the game with points from play through Gearoid Ryan, Conor O’Brien, Brian Fox and veteran John Quinn. Moycarkey stayed ahead with further points to lead by four with 10 minutes left. Eire Og were now on top and through points from Padraig O’Dwyer and Ronan O’Brien brought the margin to two with time almost up. But it was as close as it got, as Moycarkey held out to win, 0-17 to 0-15. Best for Eire Og were Brian Fox, Conor & Ronan O’Brien and Padraig O’Dwyer.

Éire Óg Annacarty: Darragh Mooney; Diarmaid Ryan, Ollie Kelly, Michael O’Dwyer; Brian Fox (0-2), Philip McLoughlin, Dan Hogan; Finnan Walters, Conor O’Brien (0-2; 1 free); Ronan O’Brien (0-2), Eoin Kennedy, Padraig O’Dwyer (0-7, 6 f); John Quinn (0-1), Kev Fox, Gearoid Ryan (0-1).

Subs used: Jeremy Furlong for Dan Hogan, Damien O’Brien for Finnan Walters, Patrick Horan for Gearoid Ryan.

Moycarkey-Borris: John Kelly; Lorcan Ryan, Eamon Ryan, David Morris; Phil Kelly, Kevin Moran, Willie Dempsey; Pat Molloy, Pat Carey; Brian Moran, Robert Doran, Rory Ryan; John Bergin, Kieran Morris, Anthony Healy

Nenagh Éire Óg 2-22 Killenaule 1-14

Nenagh Éire Óg claimed their second win of this year’s league with a comprehensive win over Killenaule on Sunday afternoon at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. The first quarter was evenly contested with the sides level at seven points each at that point. Eire Og’s Tommy Heffernan was proving a handful and scored three points from play in that opening quarter. John O’Dwyer also contributed 3 points for Killenaule in that period, 2 from frees. Nenagh took control of the game after that and raced into a 2-11 to 0-7 lead with goals from Eoghan Slattery and Heffernan. Two further points each left the half time score 2-13 to 0-9 in favour of Nenagh. The home side began the second half in great form and scored five points without reply in as many minutes to end the game as a contest. Killenaule scored a goal in the 13th minute from a great 20m free by John O’Dwyer. Killenaule had a chance of a second goal but Michael Doyle’s shot went over the bar to leave the scores 2-19 to 1-14. Nenagh finished strongest with some well taken frees to win deservedly by 2-22 to 1-14.  Best for Éire Óg were Daire Quinn, Mark Flannery and Tommy Heffernan while Killenaule were best served by John O’ Dwyer, Niall O’ Dwyer, Donal Shelly and Declan Fanning

Nenagh Éire Óg : Michael McNamara; Daire Quinn,  John Brennan, Eoin Fitzgibbon; Hugh Flannery, Richie Flannery(0-5, 3f, 2 65’s), Mark Flannery; Paul Ryan(0-2), Billy Heffernan(0-1); Paddy Murphy (0-2), Shane Maher, Kevin Tucker (0-5, 2f); Tommy Heffernan (1-5), Pearse Morris (0-1), Eoghan Slattery(1-1).

Subs used: Donnacha Heffernan for Richie Flannery, Sean Geaney for Fitzgibbon, Johnny Slattery for Tommy Heffernan, Alan Kelly for Mark Flannery, Richie Flannery for Heffernan.

Killenaule: Gerry Kennedy; Stephen Browne, Paddy Codd, Declan Ryan; Vinny Hannigan, Declan Fanning, Joe O’ Dwyer; Donal Shelly (0-01), Matthew O’ Donnell; John O’ Dwyer (1-7), Niall O’ Dwyer, Michael Doyle (0-3); Jonathan Gleeson (0-2), Kenneth Browne, Tomas Nolan (0-1).

Subs used: Tony Doyle for Kenneth Browne, Joseph Meagher for Tomas Nolan, Aaron Conran for Declan Ryan, Michael McGrath for Matthew O’ Donnell.

Division 2

Boherlahan Dualla 0-14 Golden Kilfeacle 0-10

Boherlahan/Dualla secured a hard fought victory over Golden Kilfeacle last Sunday morning in Boherlahan. Played in ideal conditions both sides were evenly matched all through but late scores from Boherlahan gave them a four point win. A great scoring performance of 11 points from Darragh Hickey and a very strong defensive performance were keys to the home side’s victory. In defence David Fogarty showed great leadership for Boherlahan against his former club. Golden opened the scoring after three minutes when Shane Stapleton pointed after good work from Brendan Moloney. They followed this with some fine points from Michael Carr and Aiden Fogarty. Boherlahan soon settled however and they hit the next four pints in a row to level the game after twenty minutes. Two frees from Christopher Ryan gave Golden a slender one point lead at half time 0-6 to 05. In the second half Boherlahan began to gain the upper hand and with Golden giving away some soft frees, Darragh Hickey’s free taking put them two clear. Golden tried hard to get level but missed some scorable chances. In the finish Boherlahan ran out deserving winners while Golden will rue some missed chances and the concession of too many frees. Darragh Hickey, David Fogarty, Aidan Maher, Darragh Kennedy and Fionn McCullagh were best for the winners while Golden were best served on the day by the two Christopher Ryans, Aiden Fogarty and James Hayes.

Boherlahan Dualla: Brian Quinn; Johnny Maher, David Fogarty, AJ Maher; Darragh Kennedy, Ger Sullivan, Aidan Maher; Fionn McCullagh, Brian Maher; Darragh Hickey (0-11, 6f), John Dwyer (0-1), Seamie Leahy (0-1); Darragh Devane, Willie Hickey, Joe Ryan,

Subs used: Padraic Hickey (0-1) for Willie Hickey, Paul Ryan for Darragh Devane.

Golden Kilfeacle: Declan Donnelly; Christopher Ryan, Donncha Carr, Aiden O’Donnell; James Hayes, Damien Fogarty, James Tierney; Paddy Ivors, Aiden Fogarty (0-1); Daithi Bargary, Cathal Hayes, Brendan Moloney; Shane Stapleton (0-1), Michael Carr (0-2), Christopher Ryan (0-5).

Subs used: James O’Connell (0-1) for Damien Fogarty, Gerald Fogarty for Michael Carr, Brian Fogarty for Cathal Hayes.

Cappawhite 0-21 Borrisokane 3-12

A late goal by Philip Austin earned Borrisokane a draw at the end of a very entertaining hour’s hurling. Cappawhite were the better team throughout the first half with Tom Costello very prominent at full forward. Philip Austin’s 7th minute goal was Borrisokane’s first score and kept them in contention when Cappa were looking like dominating the game. The home side led by 0-12 to 1-5 at half time. A Borrisokane goal from Gordon Harding early in the second half brought them right back into the game but Cappa continued to maintain a slight lead with Gerry O’Neill in fine scoring form throughout. Borriskane battled all the way to the finish with 4 points around the mid point of the half keeping them within striking distance. Their perseverance was rewarded when the impressive Austin’s late strike hit the net to level the scores. It finished Cappawhite 0-21 Borrisokane 3-12. Best for Cappa were Gerry O’Neill and Thomas Costello. For Borrisokane Conor Forde, Graham McMahon, Cathal Dooley, Seosamh Cleary, Philip Austin and Andrew Comerford all played well.

Cappawhite: G. Kelly; N. Ryan, M. Buckley, G. Ryan (P); D. Kelly, M. Kennedy, J. McGrath; R. Dunne, T. Treacy; G. O’ Neill, D. Ryan(P), J. Bradshaw; P. Julian, T. Costello, S. Ryan(W).

Borrisokane: Adrian Hogan; Conor Forde, Kevin Gleeson, Padraig Moriarty; Graham McMahon, Enda Forde, Cathal Dooley; Seosamh Cleary (0-2), Gordon Harding (1-1); Philip Austin (2-0), Andrew Comerford (0-2), Andrew Austin; Colm Larkin (0-5, 2f),  Enda Brennan, Shane Dooley (0-2) .

Subs used: Paul Egan for Adrian Hogan, Brian Davis for Enda Brennan, Adrian Hogan for Andrew Austin, Gary Power for Shane Dooley

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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