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Kinvara v Craughwell...Junior B Quarter-final preview

posted 4 Oct 2014, 12:34 by Garret Byrne
Junior B Hurling Championship Quarter-final
KINVARA v CRAUGHWELL
Sun 5th Oct, in Ardrahan at 4:30pm

Kinvara Junior B hurlers will bid for a rare appearance at the semi-final stages as they face Craughwell in tomorrows quarter-final. Our last time to get past the quarter-finals was in 2008 (when we beat Oranmore-Maree, but fell to Athenry in the semi-final), while we must go back to the 1970s for our previous quarter-final victory before that.
Facing John Linnane's men are Craughwell, who have impressed so far in their campaign. They performed well in their group, winning four and losing two. Those two defeats with by margins of only 1 and 2 points. Those results prove how difficult it is to beat them, and how they battle til the final whistle. That is something Kinvara must be aware of, and our memory of our last meeting in last years group stages will justify that, as we struggled to win and by only one score (1-14 to 1-11). 

Kinvara worked hard to beat Castlegar in the preliminary quarter-final, but will need to improve again for this one. There are injury concerns over three key players as David Huban, Jonathon Kavanagh and Mark Kavanagh all sat out training this week. The loss of any one of these would be huge, so hopefully all will be fit for battle. 
There is plenty of competition for places on this Kinvara side, and that is a healthy headache for the management team of John, Joe Quinn, Eamonn Bermingham and David Huban. The younger lads are coming through and pushing the "older" lads, something we were missing in previous years.

We can expect this quarter-final tie to be a tight tough affair. The winner of this are drawn to face Padraig Pearses in the semi-final. All teams on our side of the draw are eyeing a potential county final appearance. But the first hurdle must be jumped first and so we ask all Kinvara supporters to come out in force to Ardrahan tomorrow and shout the lads on. 

KINVARA'S RESULTS TO DATE
Prelim Quarter: Kinvara 1-16 beat Castlegar 0-11
Group: TAD 1-16 beat Kinvara 1-12
Group: Kinvara 2-9 drew Castlegar 1-12
Group: Kinvara 3-15 beat Killimor 1-14
Group: Kilbeacanty 4-10 beat Kinvara 2-11
Group: Kinvara 1-15 beat Abbeyknockmoy 2-11


CRAUGHWELL'S RESULTS TO DATE
Prelim Quarter: Craughwell 0-18 beat Cappataggle 2-6
Group: Ballindereen 0-13 beat Craughwell 0-11
Group: Craughwell w/o Rahoon-Newcastle conceded
Group: Killimordaly 0-12 beat Craughwell 1-8
Group: Craughwell 4-15 beat Beagh 1-7
Group: Craughwell 2-9 beat Clarinbridge 0-10
Group: Craughwell 2-12 beat Cappataggle 1-6
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