U14s lose in Abbeyknockmoy

posted 20 Mar 2013, 15:51 by Unknown user   [ updated 20 Mar 2013, 16:05 ]

The Kinvara U14 hurlers travelled to Abbeyknockmoy in optimistic mood last Saturday, and with already an opening round win under the belts, they were hoping to follow up with a second win here against the locals. However, after a good start it was the home side who deserved the win with some all round better hurling and more eagerness to win.

Kinvara started the brighter and it didn't take long for them to take the lead. Gerard Linnane pointed from a placed ball after Colm Keady Taabal was fouled, and not long after corner forward Luke Connors raised another white flag with a fine individual effort. But the Abbey lads were now beginning to settle into this game and their defenders gave the platform for a good spell until the half time whistle. In that time they hit the scoreboard for two goals and one point (that could just as easily have been a goal) that gave them the interval lead of 2-1 to 0-2. 

Kinvara needed to hit the scoreboard early on the resumption, but unfortunately for them it was their opponents who struck first. They first raised their third green flag, and moments later left Kinvara with an almost impossible task as they then raised their fourth green flag. Although Kinvara were on top for the final ten minutes they found it very difficult to break through a tight marking Abbey full back line, in which their goalie dealt comfortably with anything that did manage to get through. Kinvara did have 6 wides in this final ten minute period, but one can put this down more to the pressure that were on them when on the ball than anything else. Brendan Connolly did score a late point, but it was to be just a consolation score.

Overall, the home side appeared to have adapted to the heavy and wet pitch, and were physically more suited to the days hurling than the younger Kinvara players. In saying that, this was still a game that the Kinvara lads can feel that they could have done better in, and will be disappointed in some of their indivivudal performances. Both sides will be meeting again in a fortnights time in the Galway U14 Feile Competition and so the rivalry can be renewed then.

Ciaran Donohue, Simon Whelan, Neil Huban, Seanie Cahill, Darren Kilkelly, Cathal O'Dwyer, Conaill Larrissey, Peter Mulleady, Brendan Connolly, Patrick Byrne, Colm Keady Taabal, Louis Fossatti, Luke Connors, Gerard Linnane, Thomas Connolly.
Subs: Cathal Murray for T. Connolly, Danny Travis for P. Byrne, Brendan Linnane, Evan Duggan, David Whelan, Karim Mulleady.   

Ocean Hygiene U14 B Hurling Championship, Saturday 16th March 2013.