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Minors qualify for quarter-finals!

posted 5 Jul 2014, 00:20 by Garret Byrne
What a humdinger of a Minor A Hurling Championship match this evening. Kinvara 5-11 beat Craughwell 4-7, and with that we ensure our place in the Pier HeadMinor A Hurling Championship quarter-finals. We have one group match left to play, against good neighbours and rivals Gort, and our lads will be heading to that one with only one thing in mind - a win, and a top of the group placing. 
Todays game had a slow first half, but a high scoring second half. Kinvara had a good patch in the middle of the second half and scored two goals, and really that kept the distance between us. At half time we led 2-3 to 1-4, but further goals always kept the margin. Craughwell to their credit always had a reply, and struck for 3 second half goals, but each time we had our own reply too. 
With 6 minutes remaining we led by 8, with 3 mins remaining we led by 6, but they hit the net and reduced the margin to 3 and a nail biting finish. But a great Ollie Nilan point and a late Ronan Kilkelly goal sealed the win for Kinvara. 
Other group result this evening was Kilnadeema-Leitrim 4-13 beat Gort 1-18. 
We now play Gort in our final group match.
A win for us and we remain undefeated and we finish top of our group. It is a must win match for Gort cos if they lose they may not finish in the top 4. The two sides met twice in U16A two years ago, with a win apiece. This time around we can again expect a cracker. 
(By the way, there are only 14 sides in Minor A hurling. Only two sides remain undefeated after 5 matches - oursleves and neighbours Ardrahan in the other group).
Well done so far to all the players and management,
We had only 16 players this evening (including a couple injured) and fair play to the lads - Liam Byrne, Keelan O'Rourke, Shane Byrne, Dylan McMahon, John Donoghue, James O'Hara, James Cronin-Rodger, Conor O'Shea, Ollie Nilan, Alan Keane, Conor Whelan, Gary Kilkelly, Thomas Fordham, Sean Linnane, Tommie Kavanagh, and Ronan Kilkelly. 
Anyone eligible to play, then please, please report to training!

This weekend's Results/Fixtures: 
Kinvara 5-11 beat Craughwell 4-7
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 4-13 beat Gort 1-18
Castlegar v Tommie Larkins, Sun 6th July

(Note: Top 4 sides to qualify for the quarter-finals.)
 Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Againt Diff Points
 Kinvara119 93 26 
 Castlegar108 92 16 
Gort  5  3 0 119 8633  6
 Kilnadeema-Leitrim76 76 
 Craughwell 276 90 -14 
 Liam Mellows 5 0 3 2 66 96 -30 2
 Tommie Larkins 4 0 3 1 57 88 -31 1

Results to date (most recent at top):
Kinvara 5-11 beat Craughwell 4-7
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 4-13 beat Gort 1-18
Craughwell 0-20 beat Liam Mellows 0-11
Castlegar 1-21 beat Liam Mellows 0-16
Gort 3-25 beat Craughwell 2-11
Kinvara 3-12 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-14
Castlegar 2-15 beat Gort 2-11
Liam Mellows 0-13 drew Tommie Larkins 0-13
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-16 beat Tommie Larkins 1-11
Kinvara 2-18 drew Castlegar 3-15
Gort 2-18 beat Tommie Larkins 2-7
Castlegar 1-17 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-12
Gort 2-17 beat Liam Mellows 0-10
Kinvara 4-20 beat Tommie Larkins 2-11
Craughwell 1-17 beat Castlegar 2-13
Kinvara 0-16 drew Liam Mellows 0-16