Junior B's go down to St. Thomas'

posted 21 Jan 2013, 02:10 by Unknown user

St. Thomas 3-14……Kinvara 1-8

It was an early outing in the year for Kinvara as yesterday they played last years 2012 Junior B Hurling League quarter-final against St. Thomas. This was a very cold afternoon in Faiche Padraic, but other than that, the conditions and pitch were great for hurling.

The St. Thomas victory came by way of an impressive first half performance that saw them lead 2-9 to 0-4 at the interval. No doubt, their squad have been kept going training during the winter months as they give support to the seniors who have their upcoming All-Ireland club semi-final, and that was the main difference between the two sides. The Kilchreest/Peterswell outfit were that much sharper to the ball in the opening half and that told its story in the scoreboard.

Kinvara did come out better in the second half, and were probably the better of the two sides for those 30 minutes, but the margin at the interval was just too much to bridge. Kinvara did pile on loads of pressure on the St. Thomas goal, and after Eric Keane goaled, there was only 6 points between the sides. Kinvara missed a penalty, hit the post, had another couple of goalmouth scrambles, but the ball was kept out of the net on all those occasions.
St. Thomas finished the game in the last five minutes with another goal and two points, to give them a 12 point win.

Still for Kinvara it was great to get a start on the field of play, and gives new manager Michael Helebert an idea of his squad. It was good to see the few U21’s playing and good to see Keith and Keelan making their comebacks! Also, one can see the lads in their ‘20s being more experienced and taking more responsibility, while you can’t beat the old hands, with “veteran” Mike Kilkelly leading the pack! In fairness, credit to all 18 players who answered the call so early in the year and togged out when it could have been easier not to.

Finally, fair play to the pitch committee for having the field looking so well, and for the much needed cups of tea at halftime and after the match.

Kinvara team:
Daragh Kilkelly, Stephen Bermingham, Darren Geaney, Gerard Linnane, Caolan McMahon, Ian Bermingham, Patrick Canney, Ger O’Dea, Ruairi Cullinane, Mark Kavanagh, Ollie Bergin, Eric Keane, Sean Bermingham, Mike Kilkelly, Keelan Murphy.
Subs (all came on):
Niall Kilkelly, Aidan Fahy and Keith Naughten.