Kinvara 1-9, Kiltormer 2-3

posted 2 Apr 2012, 14:54 by Unknown user
Kinvara U14 hurlers scored a great win earlier today in their first outing in this years Toddie Byrne Feile Cup. The lads travelled east across the county to Kiltormer and came up against a great game against a spirited home side.

The Kinvara side started bright and took an early lead from play from the stick of Conor O'Shea. Kiltormer though replied with a fine effort from play, but then Kinvara settled into the match better and took control. Liam Byrne pointed a free and then Conor O'Shea pointed from play after being superbly played in by Gerard Linnane. Then Liam Byrne took a shot from 30 yards out and it found its way to the top corner of the net. Kinvara now led by 1-3 to 0-1 with half-time approaching. But complacancy crept into their game, and before the half-time whistle blew the blue of Kiltormer had the Kinvara net rattled for two goals. Both these goals arose from slack marking and not covering back by both midfield and defence, and left goalie Peter Mulleady with no chance.
Half-time score: Kiltormer 2-1, Kinvara 1-3.

A good talk must have been given at half-time by the management of Dominic O'Gallachoir and Nicola Huban, as the lads really responded from the restart. However, it was Kiltormer who scored first and stretched their lead to two points, after a pointed effort from a free. Liam Byrne was then fouled on the '21 on the wing, and he pointed it himself from a narrow angle. But Kiltormer replied wth another good white flag from play. The scores now read Kiltormer 2-3 to 1-4. One felt that Kinvara needed a goal or two to win this. The goals never came, but victory did follow, thanks to a huge effort in every position on the field and also to 5 well taken points. 

First to score in this late rally was Conor O'Shea from a free. Then Colm Keady-Taabal soloed through the defence after picking up the ball on the half-way line, and he shot under pressure from 14 yards and pointed. The sides were now level. Next up was Brendan Connolly who pointed from play. When Kiltormer fired out a very quick puck-out, it was caught by Conor O'Shea and he rifled it back over the crossbar. With time running out and Kinvara holding a dangerous 2 point lead, it was the time of our defence to hold firm and that they did, repelling wave after wave of Kiltormer attacks.The final score went to Kinvara and Brendan Connolly popped up for his deserved second white flag and a great 3 point victory.

An impressive display by Kinvara and indeed credit also to Kiltormer who played their part in an exciting game. Peter Mulleady played solid in goals and cleared his lines well. The full back line of Seanie Cahill, Patrick O'Gallachoir and Jeff Stephens really tightened up in the second half and cleared well, with Patrick anchoring and directing the defence very well. Half backs Neil Huban, Cathal O'Dwyer and Keelan O'Rourke also did well and cleared and tackled throughout. They were the launch of many of the Kinvara attacks and scores. Midfielders Colm Keady-Taabal and Brendan Connolly worked very hard and contributed nicely to the scoreboard with those three second half points between them. Up front, Conor McGourty hurled well and won his battle, as did Gerard Linnane on the other wing who distributed the ball well to set up other scores. Conor O'Shea in the centre also worked hard and took his scores nicely. The full forward line of Louis Fossatti, Liam Byrne and Thomas Connolly worked tirelessly, put pressure on the Kiltormer defence and gave them little easy. Subs that came on were Simon Whelan and John McHugh. Both lads played their part, settled in the game once introduced and got stuck in.

Overall a good win. Plenty of work to do yet but these lads are going in the right direction. Their tackling and blocking was impressive, while they brought a good intensity into the game. There are always areas to improve, and one such would be the marking-up, as too often the Kiltormer lads were left loose and had it to easy to clear or take their scores.

A good win, but there will be bigger challenges ahead!

Kinvara team:
Peter Mulleady, Jeff Stephens, Patrick O'Gallachoir, Seanie Cahill, Cathal O'Dwyer, Keelan O'Rourke, Neil Huban, Colm Keady-Taabal 0-1, Brendan Connolly 0-2, Conor McGourty, Conor O'Shea 0-4 (0-1 free), Gerard Linnane, Thomas Connolly, Liam Byrne 1-2 (0-2 frees), Louis Fossatti.
Subs: Simon Whelan for T. Connolly, and John McHugh for C. McGourty.    
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