Kinvara U13s win in thriller!

posted 22 Jun 2012, 02:42 by Unknown user

This was a very exciting second round group match between local rivals Kinvara and Ballindereen, with very little between them in this U13 B Hurling Championship tie played in Ballindereen yesterday evening.

After last Mondays very disappointing collapse against Moycullen, the Kinvara squad were determined from the offset to make amends. They took control of this game early on, and Gerard Linnane fired them into a 5 minute lead with a point. Five minutes later he popped over another, followed a minute later by Cathal O'Dwyer's fine effort. Then a lucky break as a speculative Gerard Linnane shot deceived their goalie and bounced into the net. Colm Keady-Taabal slotted over a point, and then Gerard Linnane (free) and Cathal O'Dwyer added his second, to give Kinvara a 1-6 to 0-0 lead with four minutes of the first half remaining. But the remainder of the half belonged to Ballindereen, who rallied back and scored a goal of their own. Indeed, they would have scored more in that period only for some great defending from the Kinvara backs.
Half-time: Kinvara 1-6, Ballindereen 1-0.

After the break, it was Ballindereen who went first on the attack, and they scored a very good point. But Kinvara quickly replied with one from Colm Keady-Taabal, while on the 8th minute Gerard Linanne nipped in for a goal. But a minute later Ballindereen replied with a goal of their own, and now we had a real battle on our hands.
But the Kinvara reply was swift, and Colm Keady-Taabal soloed through for his side's third goal. Kinvara now led 3-7 to 2-1, and this game was becoming a real humdinger.
Credit to Ballindereen and they kept on attacking, but the Kinvara backs repelled them back. The Green and Whites did manage to score another goal and a point, but Kinvara kept them at bay with their own goal and two more points.

Credit to both sides for giving a sporting and passionate performance. It was Kinvara's good first half that made the main difference in this match, and after that there was really nothing to seperate the two sides.

Kinvara had all fine performances throughout, with a better degree of intensity and tackling to their game. The younger lads did much better this time around, and were not shy on getting on the ball and getting stuck in.
Peter Mulleady marshalled his defence well and was constantly pushing them. The rearguard of Simon Whelan, Seanie Cahill and the outstanding Neil Huban did very little wrong and quashed many a Ballindereen attack. The half back line did a much improved performance, and Darren Kilkelly, the tigerish Brendan Connolly and Conaill Larrissey cleared a lot of ball. In midfield, both Luke Connors and Cathal O'Dwyer worked tirelessly, and Cathal even managed to pop over two very good points.
The half-forwards of Patrick Byrne and Brendan Linnane had also improved games from the previous outing, and they harried, tackled and struck a lot of ball. In between them, the workhorse that is Colm Keady-Taabal led by example from the off, and ran himself to the ground (thats a lot of running!). The inside line of Thomas Connolly, the accurate Gerard Linnane and Jake Comyn took advantage of the good ball sent into to them, and gave their opponents backs no time on the ball.
Subs Ciaran O'Donoghue, Ronan Gaughan and David Whelan, all got stuck in when introduced and played their own part in this good win.

So, overall a solid win. An area of concern would again be how we fell asleep just before half-time, when nearly all our good first half-work was nearly cancelled out in a matter of minutes. Also, at times, we were too slow in covering back from both midfield and half-back lines, and may be more punished for this in another game.

Next up is Kiltormer at home on Monday evening at 7pm. We've had some right good battles with them in at juvenile level in the past couple of years. They always bring a tough spirited play to the game, and never give anything away easy. We hope to see you there for support!   

Peter Mulleady, Simon Whelan, Neil Huban, Seanie Cahill, Darren Kilkelly, Brendan Connolly, Conaill Larrissey, Cathal O'Dwyer 0-2, Luke Connors, Brendan Linnane, Colm Keady-Taabal 1-3, Patrick Byrne, Thomas Connolly, Gerard Linnane 3-4, Jake Comyn.
Subs: Ciaran O'Donoghue, Ronan Gaughan and David Whelan all came on in the second half.