Kinvara pipped by Craughwell in Brendan Linnane Cup

posted 20 Feb 2013, 15:34 by Unknown user
Brendan Linnane Cup quarter-final, Sunday 10th Feb 2013.

Craughwell 4-0............Kinvara 3-1

The Kinvara U14 hurlers got their season off the mark, but unfortunately it was a defeat to a good Craughwell side in this entertaining Brendan Linanne Cup quarter-final tie played in Kinvara. With training in recent weeks affected by poor weather and colds and flu's, it was Kinvara's first full outing of the year including training sessions, and although it was a defeat, it does give a good signal of potential to come this year.

Craughwell looked brighter in the opening exchanges and it was them who took an early lead with a well taken goal on the 5th minute. But the Kinvara defence, led by fullback Neil Huban, began to get the better of their opponents and soon we were back on level terms. A long ball from Neil Huban landed in the half forward line, where Colm Keady gained possession and he stole through the Craughwell defence to shoot to the back of the net. Ten minutes later he scored a copycat goal, to leave Kinvara leading 2-0 to 1-0. Kinvara then stretched the lead further when a Gerard Linnane free was deflected over the bar, but a lapse in concentration in the defence allowed Craughwell in for another goal that really should have being dealt with by the defence. Half-time: Kinvara 2-1, Craughwell 2-0.

The second half continued as the first left off, with entertaining and committed hurling on both sides. Scores were always going to be hard to come by, so it was vital that both defences held tight. Both sides did manage to raise green flags, and so the scores read with 5 minutes remaining Kinvara 3-1, Craughwell 3-0-. Craughwell now threw more players up front in search of the equaliser, or even better, the lead score, and their persistent pressure finally paid off when they got what turned out to be the winning goal.

So disappointment for Kinvara, but still it was a great workout and will give the management plenty to think about. Some players themselves will know that they must up their own game, others just didnt get into the stride of the game, while others will have to get stuck in a bit more. With a few players missing for this match, there is no doubt there will competition for many of the places in this team. 

Ciaran O'Donoghue, Brendan Linnane, Neil Huban, Sean Cahill, Conaill Larrissey, Brendan Connolly, Darren Kilkelly, Cathal O'Dwyer, Luke Connors, Simon Whelan, Colm Keady Taabal, Peter Mulleady, David Whelan, Gerard Linnane, Thomas Connolly:
Subs: Jake Comyn for S. Cahill (injured)