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From the Archives 2007....SHC Kinvara v Craughwell

posted 20 Jun 2013, 14:19 by Unknown user
The history books will state to this day that any year we beat Craughwell in Senior Hurling Championship, that we reach the County Final!

Well thats what happened in our sole victory over the Craughwell club, as in 2007 we beat Sunday's opponents at the group stages, and we followed up a great year by reaching only our second ever County Final (unfortunately lost to Portumna).

A late goal by the great Gerry Mac sealed a superb comeback as we were losing by 4 points with 7 minutes left (we were down 0-10 to 0-6). Evoking memories of Offaly's great late comeback against Limerick in the 1994 All-Ireland Final,  Kinvara turned a 4 point deficit into a 5 point win - a swing of 9 points!

Here is the match report from the CONNACHT TRIBUNE of the day in 2007.

Kinvara’s late revival stuns last year’s semi-finalists
 
 
Kinvara...............2-9
Craughwell..........0-10
 
TOMMY DEVANE, 
IN ATHENRY
 
KINVARA produced a rip roaring final quarter to come from four points behind and capture their second win on the trot in this Group D tie at Kenny Park, Athenry on Saturday.
 
 With seven minutes remaining on the clock, the winners looked in real trouble as they trailed Craughwell by four points, but some inspired substitutions late on paid rich dividends and turned this clash completely 
around.
 
 Kieran Rabbitte’s troops appeared to have done enough and played the better hurling for most of the second half — however, they failed to shake off a determined Kinvara outfit who continued to show tremendous courage and self belief.
 
 Wing back Jonathan Kavanagh epitomised all that was good about the men in purple and gold. A leg injury early in the second half forced him to reluctantly retire from the action, only to re-enter the fray with only ten minutes to go and helped his side in no small way to complete their remarkable late revival. Indeed, Kavanagh 
was by far the best player on view, giving an outstanding display of no nonsense defending all through.
 
 Craughwell will be bitterly disappointed following this defeat in a clash that they would have expected to collect the maximum points, but too many of their side failed to deliver the goods on a greasy surface that suited a more stronger Kinvara side.
 
 Indeed, had the winners been more economical in front of goal, they could have had a bigger winning margin. They hit over a dozen wides with centre forward David Huban being their main culprit. Normally deadly accurate from play and placed 
balls, the towering mumber 11
 
had a difficult day but showed 
tremendous courage to send
 
his side into the lead with an 
awkward free two minutes from time.
 
 Craughwell keeper Aidan Ryan once again produced a point blank super save, this time from Conor Kavanagh midway through the second half. Kavanagh, on the runm was hardly six yards from goal when he unleashed a pile driver destined for the top left hand corner, but somehow Ryan arched himself brilliantly to bring off as good a safe you are likely to see all year.
 
 The first-half of this encounter was a most forgettable 30 minutes that ended with both sides on five points apiece. In fairness, the general play and tempo did 
improve in the early stages of part two and it was the losers who looked like they had more conviction with Niall Healy and Adrian Cullinane began to trouble a tigerish Kinvara defence.
 
 By the end of the third quarter, Craughwell led by four points and looked like they were about to make a winning start to this year’s championship but Kinvara weren’t ready to let it go that easily and struck for two killer goals in an eight minute spell.
 
 Firstly, substitute Daragh Smith sent a long delivery in the direction of full forward Conor Kavanagh whose first time pull ended in the back of the Craughwell net. Then 
super sub Gerry McInerney, fresh from his introduction to the action, rattled home goal number two with time almost up before Smith threw over the insurance point with literally the last puck of the game.
 
 Craughwell’s best players on the day were keeperAidan Ryan, Michael Coughlan, Dermot Ryan and Ian Daniels in defence, while at midfield Fergal Healy ran himself into the ground. Up front Alan Callanan and Adrian Cullinane gave support to their best forward, Niall Healy.
 
 Kinvar’s victory was a real team effort but Ger Mahon, Jonathan Kavanagh and 
Shane Kavanagh worked tirelessly in defence while up front David Huban got best support from Niall Curtin, Conor Kavanagh and Daragh Smith.
 
Kinvara: C. Callanan; G. Kavanagh, G. Mahon, A. Leech (0-1); J. Kavanagh, S. Kavanagh, A. Moylan; S. Moylan (0-1), G. Wynne; Damien Huban, David Huban (0-5 frees), N. Curtin; S. Quinn, C. Kavanagh (1-0). Substitutes: A. Byrne for J. Kavanagh (34 mins), D. Smyth (0-2) for C. Kavanagh (40 mins), J. Kavanagh for S. Corcoran (45 mins), and Gerry McInerney (1-0) for A. Byrne (55 mins).
 
Craughwell: A. Ryan; D. Ryan, I. Daniels, J. Ryan; T. Rooney, M. Coughlan (0-1), T. Ryan; F. Healy (0-1), N. Callanan; D. Rooney, C. Whiriskey, H. Whiriskey; A. Callanan (0-1), A. Cullinane (0-1), N. Healy (0-6 frees). Substitute: P. Fahy for H. Whiriskey (46 mins).
 
Referee: Michael Dolan

THE CONNACHT TRIBUNE 2007
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