Junior C1's lose opener

posted 24 Jun 2012, 01:31 by Unknown user

Junior C1 Hurling Championship
Saturday 23rd June, in Kinvara.



A strong Kilbeacanty outfit came down to Kinvara yesterday and proved much too good for the local side in this Junior C1 group tie. This was Kinvara’s ever first outing as their third club side, and that is much to credit for a club now in its 123rd year. The side fielded many lads making a comeback after numerous years, aswell as lads not even making a comeback as they were never there in the first place!  The side also had several minors who stood up to the grade very well. As regards out opponents, Kilbeacanty were slick and efficient, and played some lovely passages of play. Indeed, one must question what their clubs second team is doing down in the depths of Galway hurling in Junior C1, as only last year they plied their trade in Junior B! They are completely in the wrong division, and would even do very well in Junior B this year based on yesterday’s performance.

Kinvara played down in the first half and were assisted by the wind. However the intent of Kilbeacanty was clear from earlier on, and they raced into an early three point lead before Kinvara responded from play. They added further points and then a goal, before Kinvara staged a mini-rally just before the interval. Rory Cullinane shot over a well taken free, and then Shane Sullivan won a sideline on the wing. From 40 yards he flew the ball in right to the far post, where the debutant Declan Mooney was poaching. He batted it first but it was well saved, but he was on hand for the rebound and he slotted it home to the back of the net.
Half-time: Kilbeacanty 1-9, Kinvara 1-2.

Kilbeacanty started the second half impressively and had several early scores to stretch their lead. Kinvara then had a penalty well blocked, but did respond with a point from play from the stick of Garret Byrne. But it was not to be for Kinvara, and although their balance of play was much better in the second half, we just could not pierce the strong Kilbeacanty defence. Kinvara did manage two late points from play, which did manage to raise a few shouts from the local supporters.

Overall, this was a tough first outing for Kinvara, but credit to all for lasting the match as we played right til the final whistle. This side can only improve and the experience learned yesterday should stand to us in the games to come.

Daragh Kilkelly, Aidan Kilkelly, Colin Burke, Brendan O’Hara, Tommie Hanlon, Francis Comyn, Mickey Kavanagh, Nigel Conneely, Mark Bermingham, Shane Sullivan, Gerry Huban, Dara Flaherty, Declan Mooney, Ruairi Cullinane, Garret Byrne.
Subs: Jason O’Connor, Brian Crossan, Dermot Forde, Eanna Mahon (all came on), Tommy Murphy, John McDonagh and Johnny Donohue.