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Kinvara U14 hurlers get off to a winning start!

posted 24 Apr 2012, 06:47 by Unknown user
U14 B Hurling Championship
It took a massive effort by all players to clinch the two points in Kilconieron yesterday evening, as Kinvara opened their championship campaign with a winning start.
Both sides were blessed that the weather held for the duration of this tie, as while there were togging out beforehand, it was hailstoning outside. And although pitch conditions were not ideal for hurling, both sides showed great skill and stickwork.

Meelick-Eyrecourt started the brighter and scored two well taken points to take an early lead. But Kinvara rallied back and the defence began to play tighter. Kinvara replied from Conor O'Shea but Meelick popped over another white flag. Kinvara's Liam Byrne pointed a free from an acute angle, and then the leading score came. Although Conor O'Shea had the ball in the net, a free was called back for a foul on Liam Byrne. But up stood Conor and he was not to be denied as he lashed the ball to the back of the net for a second time.
Both sides then exchanged scores to leave it half-time: Kinvara 1-3, Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-4.

Kinvara opened the second half brightly but failed to add to their lead. The second half was a real dingdong affair but both sets of backs giving nothing away.
With less than 7 minutes left, a speculative shot from Brendan Connolly decieved their goalie and bounced into the net. But up stormed Meelick-Eyrecourt and they set up a grand finale with a superb well-taken goal.
Kinvara replied with another point, but Meelick had another too.
But with time running out, the Kivnara defence held firm and held tough til the final whistle.

Overall a great spirited performance from Kinvara. Although we fell away towards the end in the middle half of the field, it was thanks to our full back line and goalie Peter Mulleady that the victory went our way. Numerous times in this match the Meelick forwards looked like in for a goal, only to be denied by Peter and the full back line that was well anchored by ful back Patrick O'Gallachoir.

Thanks again to Meelick-Eyrecourt for another sporting battle. We have met numerous times now in the past couple of years and each time it was been an exciting game. We wish them all the best in the rest of the championship.

Kinvara side:
Peter Mulleady, Jeff Stephens, Patrick O'Gallachoir, Seanie Cahill, Neil Huban, Keelan O'Rourke, Odhran Keane, Colm Keady-Taabal, Brendan Connolly, Cathal O'Dwyer, Conor O'Shea, Gerard Linnane, Louis Fossatti, Liam Byrne, John McHugh.
Subs: Conor McGourty and Simon Whelan.