Kinvara comeback just falls short

posted 8 Jun 2012, 14:29 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Jun 2012, 14:39 ]

Castlegar 1-18, Kinvara 4-8

It was a real humdinger of a second half in Kenny Park this evening, but it was Castlegar who came out on top against rivals Kinvara in the Salthill Hotel Senior Hurling Championship group tie. These two sides have more than their share of encounters in the past 5 years, and this 6th meeting again did not fail to excite. In the end, the Cashel lads held out for the all-important win, as their 7 point interval lead just barely held out against the brave, but unsuccessful Kinvara second half rally.

Although Castlegar had the advantage of the strong breeze in the first half, it was the seasiders who looked the brighter in the opening ten minutes. By that time they held a nice 1-3 to 0-3 lead and looked to be coping with their opponents attack. Conor Kavanagh opened their scoring with a pointed free, with that being followed by Cathal Curtin’s white flag from play. Castlegar’s Ger Farragher then struck for three points, with two from frees and another from a ’65. Then Kinvara took the lead when a long delivery in was picked up by Colm Burke, and he struck home for a major. Conor Kavanagh then struck for another Kinvara point to give his side the three point lead.
But for the next 20 minutes of the first half, it was the story of how Kinvara disappeared while Cashel took full control. They brushed aside their Kinvara opponents and scored an incredible ten points without reply. Scorer-in-chief was Ger Farragher who scored seven of those ten points, while his fellow forwards contributed the other three. The Kinvara side had no reply to Castlegar powerplay, and so hit the dressingrooms at the break with the scoreboard reading: Castlegar 0-13, Kinvara 1-3.

And on to the second half, and what a real exciting one it was. We had four goals and plenty of drama, but in the end, it was the Castlegar side who held out for the win.
Here how it went:

Minute

 

Score

 

Kinvara

Castlegar

 

Margin

32

 

Kinvara Cathal Curtin goal

 

2.03

0-13

 

4 points

35

 

Cashel point

 

2.03

0-14

 

5 points

36

 

Kinvara point

 

2.04

0-14

 

4 points

37

 

Cashel Enda Concannon goal

 

2.04

1.14

 

7 points

39

 

Cashel point

 

2.04

1.15

 

8 points

40

 

Kinvara point

 

2.05

1.15

 

7 points

41

 

Kinvara Alan Leech goal

 

3.05

1.15

 

4 points

45

 

Cashel point

 

3.05

1.16

 

5 points

49

 

Kinvara Colm Burke goal

 

4.05

1.16

 

2 points

54

 

Cashel point

 

4.05

1.17

 

3 points

54

 

Kinvara point

 

4.07

1.17

 

2 points

55

 

Kinvara point

 

4.07

1.17

 

1 point

58

 

Cashel point

 

4.07

1.18

 

2 points

62

 

Kinvara point

 

4.08

1.18

 

1 point

So, although Kinvara scored an early goal, Cashel then took a commanding 8 point lead with 20 minutes left. Kinvara had reduced that to 1 point with only 5 minutes left, but the Cashel side held firm for their win.

This win for Cashel leaves them in a charge of their own destiny as we approach the final round of group matches. For Kinvara, we can still qualify, but in order to do so, we must beat Portumna and then hope for results to go our way. It is championship hurling after all, so anything can happen!

Kinvara:
Colm Callanan (0-2 frees), Aidan Moylan, Brian Carroll, Shane Quinn, Alan Leech (1-0), Ger Mahon (0-1), Stevie Moylan, Shane Kavanagh (0-1), Jonathon Kavanagh, Damien Huban, Conor Kavanagh 0-2 (0-1 frees), David Huban, Cathal Curtin (1-2), Colm Burke (2-0), Dara Smith.
Subs: Paul Keane for D. Smith, Niall Bermingham for Damien Huban, Tadhg Reynolds for Colm Burke.
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