Minor Football League
At the A.G.M. it was noted that Kilsheelan would not have sufficient players to field a team in Minor Football. Following discussion with St Patrick’s and with South Board’s approval they played a combination of Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Patrick’s under the name Slievenamon.
3/2/07: In the opening round of the County League they travelled to Mullinahone and defeated the home side by 3-11 to 0-8.
10/2/07: They maintained their unbeaten record when they defeated Killenaule at Cloneen. They dominated the first half. Poor shooting meant they led by only 0-7 to 0-4 at half time. They hit a purple patch early in the second half. Killenaule had a last minute consolation goal but the combo ran out winners by 2-13 to 1-7.
Colm Dunne, Paul Kennedy, Darren Maher, Gerry Mullaly, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Paul Horan, Richard Needham 1-0, Paul Denn 0-1, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Shane Gorey 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy, Neil Gleeson 0-1, Damien Mc Carthy 0-6, (5 Frees), Eoin Mc Cormack 0-2 and John Moroney 1-1.
SUBS: Damien Barry, Stuart Broderick and Keelan O’Neill.
21/2/07: They continued on their winning ways after a hard fought win away to Eire Og-Annacarty.
Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half, the combination team were slow to get out of the blocks and were fortunate to go in at the break only a goal behind on a scoreline of 0-3 to 1-3. Two quick goals on the resumption put Slievenamon in the driving seat but in a below par performance they were unable to pull away from a determined Eire Og side and held out for a 3-8 to 2-7 victory.
Colm Dunne, Stuart Broderick, Darren Maher, Shane Collumby, Shane Gorey, Lorcan Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Darren McCarthy 0-1, Paul Horan 1-1, Robert McCormack 0-1, Padraic
Hickey 1-0, Eoghan McCormack 1-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2, Damien McCarthy 0-2 and Jason Hayes
SUBS: Richard Needham and Riain O Cuinneagain
3/3/07: They won their fourth consecutive game in Templemore with an impressive victory over JK Brackens. Playing in testing conditions, the combination team got off to great start when Damien McCarthy goaled in the opening minutes quickly followed by a pointed free. Further goals by Donnacha Lonergan and Eoghan McCormack later in the half put Slievenamon into a commanding position approaching half time but lapses in concentration in defence allowed JK Brackens to narrow the gap leaving the half-time score 3-2 to 1-3. The second half was played in a constant downpour making conditions difficult for both sides but following some neat interplay among the forwards Slievenamon stretched their lead with additional goals from Donnacha Lonergan and Eoghan McCormack to effectively end the game as a contest. Points from Neil Gleeson, Eoghan McCormack and Lorcan Ryan sealed victory on a scoreline of 5-7 to 1-4.
TEAM: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Darren Maher, Colm Dunne, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Paul Kennedy, Shane Gorey, Robert McCormack, Lorcan Ryan 0-1, Jason Hayes, Darren Mc Carthy, Donnacha Lonergan 2-2, Damien McCarthy 1-1, Eoghan McCormack 2-2, Neil Gleeson 0-1.
SUBS: Gerry Mullally, Johnny Moroney, Shane Columby, Donnchadh Corcoran
Their unbeaten record remained intact, in a bitterly cold Kilsheelan, and won their way through to the Final against Arravale Rovers. The visitors had the advantage of a very strong wind at the start and had two points from James Ryan. As the wind eased off the winners got a grip on the game. They had a point by Eoghan Mc Cormack. The same player had a goal after sixteen minutes after good work by Pádraic Hickey and an easy win looked on the cards. Neil Gleeson and Fergal Mc Namara went on to exchange points. The westerners finished the half strongly with points from Michael O’Dwyer and Darren Lowry from a long distance free. Two further points by the same player gave his side a half time lead of 0-7 to 1-2. Despite playing against the wind Arravale dominated for twenty minutes of the second half and they had further points from Eoin Mc Carthy, Michael O’Dwyer and James Ryan to give them 0-10 to 1-2 lead.
Slievenamon then struck a purple patch. Good work by Paul Kennedy resulted in a goal by sub Darren Mc Carthy. Sub Robert Mc Cormack added a point. Mc Carthy had a further goal when his speculative shot ended up in the net. Further points by Darren Mc Carthy, Naoise O’Cuinneagain and Paul Denn gave them a four point lead entering the last five minutes. In the remaining time Arravale laid siege on the combo goal. Darren Lowry had a point. They then went in search of a goal. The home side’s defence enjoyed a somewhat charmed life and were fortunate to escape with a three point win on a scoreline of 3-5 to 0-11.
SLIEVENAMON: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Darren Meagher, Colm Dunne, Naoise O’Cuinneagain 0-1, Paul Kennedy, Shane Gorey, Paul Denn 0-1, Pádraic Hickey, Damien Mc Carthy, Michael Geraghty, Neil Gleeson 0-1, Shane Columby, Eoghan Mc Cormack 1-1 and Johnny Moroney.
SUBS: Robert Mc Cormack 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy 2-0 and Donnchadh Corcoran.
ARRAVALE ROVERS: Niall Donovan, Conor Mc Namara, Sean Spillane, Michael O’Sullivan, Sean O’Meara, Declan Ryan, Ian Richardson, Fergal Mc Namara 0-1, Darren Lowry 0-4, Stephen Redfern, Eoghan Mc Carthy 0-1, Michael O’Dwyer 0-2, Padraig Lyons, Jason Ryan 0-3 and Gerard Mulhare.
SUBS: David Heffernan and Brian Lowry
1/4/07: The Slievenamon combo had to withstand a late rally by J K Brackens before coming out on top by a two point margin at Cashel in the Final. Along the way they defeated the mid side and would be entitled to carry the favourites tag into the Final. Apart from a fairly strong wind conditions were ideal for football. While it may not have been out of the top drawer, two well matched sides contributed to an interesting contest all through.
The winners had wind advantage in the first half but their half time lead of five points gave J K Brackens a reasonable target to aim for. However, goals generally win matches and the winners had one in each half and they played a major part in their victory.
Slievenamon had the best possible start when they had the opening point after thirty seconds. Robert Mc Cormack found Eoin Mc Cormack with a pass and he drove over the bar. This was quickly followed by a further point, from a free, by Damien Mc Carthy. J K Brackens did not have their first meaningful attack until six minutes had passed. Kevin Riordan was at the end of a good passing movement and despite the elements he found the range from about 40 metres. Slievenamon were off target a number of times. However good work by Darren Mc Carthy and Robert Mc Cormack resulted in a point by Paul Horan. Their first goal arrived in the 11th minute. Robert Mc Cormack lobbed the ball in towards the goal where Damien Mc Carthy reacted quickest and punched to the net. Cathal Scully, who was easily J K Brackens best forward, had a point from a free. This was cancelled out with a point from Damien Mc Carthy which was a well taken effort about fifteen metres in from the sideline which gave his side a 1-4 to 0-2 lead after twenty six minutes. They had a great chance of extending their lead further when Paul Horan had a chance of a goal. He quickly atoned for this with a point. Daniel Bergin replied with a point for Brackens. After 28 minutes the mid side were awarded a penalty but Cathal Scully’s shot for the corner went narrowly wide. There was no further scoring as the winners led by 1-5 to 0-3 at the interval.
When play resumed Neil Gleeson and Adrian Fogarty exchanged points. Brackens had further points from Sonny Purcell and Cathal Scully. In the ninth minute Slievenamon put themselves in the driving seat with their second goal. Robert Mc Cormack put Donnacha Lonergan through. With only the goalkeeper to beat the ball hit the crossbar, Damien Mc Carthy picked up the rebound and tapped the ball to the net. With the wind at their backs J K Brackens began to dominate. Good approach work by Cathal Scully resulted in a number of wides but he did get on target with a point and added another from a 45 metre free. He again hit a free from the same distance to leave the score at 2-6 to 0-9 after forty seven minutes and a grandstand finish looked in prospect. Slievenamon, who had not scored since just after the break, had a point from a Damien Mc Carthy free. Cathal Scully and Eoin Mc Cormack had points to leave four points between the sides with eight minutes remaining. From then on it was a rearguard battle for the winners. Stefan Leahy worked up from midfield and shot over the bar twice. Robert Mc Cormack lifted the siege for the winners when he had a point. With just a goal between the sides the mid side forced a ’45. Cathal Scully’s kick was deflected by a defender on to the goalpost and another ’45 resulted. This time Scully found the range when he sent over the bar. However, time ran out and in the end Slievenamon could consider themselves somewhat fortunate winners by 2-9 to 0-13.
After the match Chairman of the Football Board Pete Savage presented the trophy to the winning Captain Paul Denn.
Best for the winners were Darren Meagher, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Pádraic Hickey, Paul Horan, Damien Mc Cormack and Damien Mc Carthy. For J K Brackens were Daniel Guidera, Declan Lynagh, Kevin Riordan, Stefan Leahy, Cathal Scully and Adrian Fogarty did best.
SLIEVENAMON: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Darren Meagher, Shane Gorey, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Pádraic Hickey, Paul Kennedy, Paul Denn, Paul Horan 0-2, Robert Mc Cormack 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy, Donnacha Lonergan, Damien Mc Carthy 2-3, Eoin Mc Cormack 0-2 and Neil Gleeson 0-1.
SUBS: Lorcan Ryan for Shane Gorey and Michael Geraghty for Damien Mc Carthy.
J K BRACKENS: Denis Coady, Michael Carroll, Daniel Guidera, Dean Fairbrother, Robbie Hanna, Declan Lynagh 0-1, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Kevin Riordan 0-1, Stefan Leahy 0-2, Adrian Fogarty 0-1, Cathal Scully 0-6, Anthony Lyons, Sonny Purcell 0-1, Daniel Bergin 0-1 and David Farrelly.
SUBS: J P Kennedy for Robbie Hanna, Richard Buckley for Daniel Bergin.
REFEREE: John O’Brien (Arravale Rovers)
7/4/07: The team continued their good form with a fine win over Mullinahone at Fethard in the championship. Mullinahone looked the more determined side in the early stages but were unable to turn it into scores. Slievenamon gradually got on top. The winning margin might look somewhat flattering but their ability to score goals proved decisive in the end.
From the throw in Mullinahone put the pressure on. They had two wides which should have been scores. Those errors were soon punished when Paul Horan pointed a free for the winners. After ten minutes Robert Mc Cormack increased the lead further. Paul Horan, who was having a fine game early on, kicked a further point. Mullinahone had to wait fifteen minutes for their first score when Niall O’Brien pointed. He added a further point when he soloed through the Slievenamon defence and sent over the bar. After twenty four minutes the decisive score came when a Slievenamon ’45 was dropped in to the goal area where Eoin Mc Cormack was in the right place to fist to the net.
Slievenamon were now enjoying the better of the exchanges. Eoin Mc Cormack pointed a free and Jason Hayes was on the end of a long delivery and he shot to the net. This score gave Slievenamon a half time lead of 2-4 to 0-2.
When play resumed Mullinahone had the advantage of a slight wind but needed an early score if they were to get back into the game. Unfortunately for them it was Slievenamon who struck for a third goal as Darren Mc Carthy took a pass from Donnacha Lonergan and he found the net. Despite the margin Mullinahone were not going to give up easily. Kevin Walzer pointed three frees in quick succession. They also had a number of wides
Slievenamon again took up the running as Darren Mc Carthy had another point. Pádraic Hickey racing up from midfield took a pass from Robert Mc Cormack to send over the bar. The last five minutes was played out at a pedestrian pace and the final score fell to Slievenamon when Donnacha Lonergan pointed a free for victory by 3-7 to 0-6.
Best for Slievenamon were Darren Meagher, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Lorcan Ryan, Pádraic Hickey and Paul Horan were in control in the middle of the field while up front Paul Denn Darren Mc Carthy, Donnacha Lonergan and Eoin Mc Cormack were most impressive.
For Mullinahone Sean Quirke and Ritchie Morrissey did best in defence while further afield they were too dependant on Kevin Walzer and Niall O’Brien.
SLIEVENAMON: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Darren Meagher, Shane Gorey, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Lorcan Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Paul Horan 0-2, Paul Denn, Darren Mc Carthy 1-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2, Jason Hayes 1-0, Eoin Mc Cormack 1-1 and Robert Mc Cormack.
SUBS: Niall Gleeson for Darren Mc Carthy, Michael Geraghty for Paul Kennedy, Damien Mc Carthy for Robert Mc Cormack and Colm Dunne for Stuart Broderick.
MULLINAHONE: Alan Walsh, Kieran O’Shea, Joe O’Meara, Nigel O’Brien, Keith Mullally, Sean Quirke, Richard Morrissey, Eddie Phelan, Tom Collins, Brian Treacy, Eoin Egan, Niall O’Brien 0-2, Chris Horan, Kevin Walzer 0-4 and Andy Needham.
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)
15/7/07: At Monroe they made it through to the Semi Finals following their nine point win over an understrength Commercials side. Underfoot conditions were poor and the match was played with constant rain all through. It made it difficult for the participants and resulted in a poor game of football. Slievenamon led from the start and they always looked like coming out on top.
The winners got the ideal start when they had a goal after thirty seconds. A Darren Mc Carthy shot was fielded by a Commercial’s defender. Naoise O Cuinneagain dispossessed him and passed to the unmarked Eoin Mc Cormack who made no mistake. Donnacha Lonergan went on to point a free for the winners. Commercials had their opening score when Simon Scully was also on the mark from a free. The combo continued to have the lion’s share of the possession and had points from Eoin Mc Cormack, one of them a fine long range effort, while Jason Hayes and Robert Mc Cormack were also on the mark. Commercials had their next score after eighteen minutes when Simon Scully pointed a free. One minute later Slievenamon looked to be well in the driving seat Naoise O Cuinneagain again found Eoin Mc Cormack to shoot to the back of the net. Donnacha Lonergan was off the mark a number of times but eventually found the target with a point. Commercials finished the half well. Simon Scully had his third point from a free while John Ryan pointed a ’45 and at half time the winners led by 2-6 to 0-4.
When play resumed Commercials were gaining much more possession but there was no score for ten minutes. Simon Scully reduced the leeway with a pointed free. Following this score Slievenamon got their third goal when Jason Hayes booted the ball to the net. This was followed by further points from Robert & Eoin Mc Cormack.
While it will be no consolation to Commercials they did get the best score of the game when Eamon Carey forced his way through the Slievenamon defence to send the ball to the net from twenty metres. Throughout the game the Clonmel side had great difficulty in finding an opening in their opponents defence and this is best exemplified by the fact that this was their only score from play. After fifty minutes Eoin Mc Cormack had a pointed free to leave the score 3-9 to 1-5. The winners had a great chance of a fourth goal when they were awarded a penalty following a foul on Shane Gorey. Paul Horan took the kick but sent it high and wide. Commercials had the last say when Simon Scully pointed a free but it was the combo who ran out deserving winners by 3-9 to 1-6.
SLIEVENAMON: Richard Needham, Darren Meagher, Lorcan Ryan, Stuart Broderick, Paul Kennedy, Paul Horan, Michael Geraghty, Paul Denn, Pádraic Hickey, Jason Hayes 1-1, Darren Mc Carthy, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2, Eoin Mc Cormack 2-4, Robert Mc Cormack 0-2 and Naoise O Cuinneagain.
SUBS: Colm Dunne for Michael Geraghty, Damien Mc Carthy for Darren Mc Carthy,
Neil Gleeson for Paul Kennedy, Shane Gorey for Donnacha Lonergan and Johnny Moroney for Jason Hayes.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Paul Dempsey, Aldo Matassa, Daniel Harvey, Adam Stafford, Alan Ward, Dave Phillips, Brian O’Hara, Luke Moore, Brian O’Sullivan, Simon Scully 0-5 , David Hoyne, Eoin Carey 1-0, Martin Kennedy, Stephen Buckley and John Ryan 0-1.
REFEREE: Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan)
The next match was scheduled against Killenaule but they conceded a walkover.
29/4/07: Moyle Rovers were their next opponents in Clonmel. The combo fielded understrength and Moyle Rovers ceased on this opportunity to run out winners by 4-11 to 2-3. Ned Hall Park was the venue for the game against Clonmel Og.. The first attack came from Slievenamon who had the opening score when Donnacha Lonergan pointed. Pádraic Hickey was the victim of a late tackle and Donnacha Lonergan converted the free for Slievenamon who attacked again with Jason Hayes & Paul Horan doing some good work before Eoghan McCormack sent the ball wide. Within a minute Pádraic Hickey and Michael Geraghty combined well to set up Donnacha Lonergan for another Slievenamon point. Slievenamon were now combining well with Shane Gorey, Neil Gleeson and Paul Denn doing the ground work for Eoghan McCormack to kick a fine goal without breaking his stride on a solo run. Clonmel Óg attacked again and won a free which was converted by Paul Landers. A minute later Craig Brew scored another Clonmel Óg point. Slievenamon attacked again and won a free which was again converted by Donnacha Lonergan. The game was now twenty minutes old and Slievenamon led by 1-4 to 0-2. Slievenamon attacked again and a loose ball fell to Eoghan McCormack who scored his second goal of the evening. The visitors followed up with two points from frees by Donnacha Lonergan. The first half ended with all eyes on Clonmel Óg who got a point from the boot of Kieran Wall, two wides and a yellow card following a melee. At half time the score was Slievenamon 2-6 Clonmel Óg 0-3.Despite Slievenamon’s dominance only two of their players had scored in the first half with six points from centre half forward Donnacha Lonergan and two goals from full forward Eoghan McCormack. Things were not looking good for Clonmel Óg who were nine points behind facing a strong wind in the second half.
On the resumption Clonmel Óg put on the pressure and a deflection from Gavin Waters now operating at corner forward found Keith Landers who shot an early point For the next ten minutes Clonmel Óg dominated but their shooting let them down as they had four wides while Slievenamon’s Eoghan McCormack got a point. The visitors took control once again with points from Darren McCarthy , Eoghan McCormack and Jason Hayes before Darren McCarthy took a pass from Jason Hayes and scored a goal. Slievenamon got points from Jason Hayes and Eoghan McCormack who took a pass from substitute John Moroney. Clonmel Óg midfielder Hugo Morrissey made a good run up field to shoot a fine goal. Slievenamon made three attacks two of which ended as wides while Darren McCarthy scored a point from the other. Clonmel Óg attacked again and won a free which Paul Landers pointed. The final action was from Slievenamon for whom Donnacha Lonergan (free), Damian McCarthy and Eoghan McCormack had points and Paul Denn goaled leaving the final score at 5-15 to 1-5.
SLIEVENAMON: Richard Needham, Colm Dunne, Paul Kennedy, Stuart Broderick, Shane Gorey, Paul Horan, Michael Geraghty, Paul Denn 2-1 Robert McCormack, Jason Hayes, Donnacha Lonergan 0-7, Eoghan McCormack 2-3, Pádraic Hickey, Darren McCarthy 1-1 and Neil Gleeson.
SUBS: John Moroney for Neil Gleeson, Gerry Mullaly for Stuart Broderick, Damian McCarthy 0-1 for Jason Hayes 0-2, Donnchadh Corcoran for Pádraig Hickey.
CLONMEL OG: Shane Fagan, Graham Quinn, Luke Kelly, Gavin Waters, Kevin McGrath, Tiernan Coffey, Robbie Carroll, Hugo Morrissey 1-0, Greg Carroll, Paul Landers 0-2, Kieran Wall 0-1, Glen Nugent, Craig Brew 0-1, Keith Landers 0-1 and Cian Hogan.
SUBS: Kevin McLean for Craig Brew Injured, Colm O Mahoney for Keith Landers.
24/2/07: The opening game was against Fethard in Fethard. Kilsheelan’s strength, power, and experience was very evident mid way through the second half when they tacked on six points without a reply and on this form it will take a very good team to stop them advancing in the Hall Alarms sponsored South Championship. They played as a well balanced outfit with strong players in pivotal positions against an opposition that looked very young and small but to their credit came back in the first half with Kilsheelan 0-6 to 0-2 up to see the minimum between them at the interval,
Kilsheelan dominating the opening exchanges in the first five minutes with two points from Michael McHugh from a 20m free and the second from play. The game was ten minutes old before Fethard got off the mark with Paul Kendrick scoring a point from a free. Kilsheelan had a wide or two and in the first fifteen minutes hit the upright not once but twice to be denied a score until they had two excellent worked points one from Michael McHugh and the other from James Geraghty. Fethard’s reply was a brilliantly worked ball up the field with a one two between Christopher Sheehan and Paul Kendrick with the former putting it over the bar to leave the score Kilsheelan 0-4 Fethard 0-2 after twenty minutes. Kilsheelan who were dominating around the middle of the field added on two more points from Darren McCarthy in 21st minute and Michael McHugh in the 23 rd minute from a 13m free to stretch there score to Kilsheelan 0-6 Fethard 0-2. In the final seven minutes of the first half Fethard played their best football of the hour when they brought Shane Walsh to midfield and he caught two magnificent balls and individually ran at the Kilsheelan defence to score two points with a penalty awarded in between to Fethard that Christopher Sheehan blasted over for a point to leave the half time score Kilsheelan 0-6 Fethard 0-5
On the resumption much was expected of the Fethard side but Kilsheelan did not allow the game get away and nip and tuck was the order of the first eight minutes of the half with both teams scoring two scores each the only difference was that Kilsheelan scored a goal. A well worked ball fell to Donnacha Lonergan who came in along the end line. A ball that Glen O Meara had covered expecting a kick but instead he almost did a ninety degree twist that the Fethard goalie did not expect and was not tackled to leave an empty net to kick into, it was a very good goal but unusual in its execution. Kilsheelan also had a point from a free by Michael McHugh with Fethard’s reply a point from a 13m free from Christopher Sheehan and a point from play from P J Morrissey to leave the score after ten minutes Kilsheelan 1-7 Fethard 0-7. At this juncture Kilsheelan raised there game two notches and were un challenged in every position for the next fifteen minutes when they added six points without a reply. This started with a tremendous run and one two between Thomas Ryan and Michael McHugh with the former getting his first score of the day a point, this was shortly followed by an equally impressive catch and score from a Fethard kick out by Michael McHugh before Darren McCarthy scored a point from one of his daring runs. Then James Geraghty got a ball that the Fethard goalie had parried out to put over the bar with Darren McCarthy and James Geraghty adding another point apiece from play that had been set up by the towering midfielder Eoin Ryan who excelled in this period to leave Kilsheelan 1-13 to Fethard 0-7 ahead entering the last five minutes, Fethard, to there credit, gave it everything in this last few minutes and for there effort a long range free resulted in David Sullivan getting a fist to the ball to score a goal just under the crossbar and with Christopher Sheehan adding a great individual point to put a better look on the scoreboard. With time running out it was a little too late and Kilsheelan were worthy winners by 1-13 to 1-8 on the day.
They had great performances from Thomas Ryan in the backs, Eoin Ryan and Pádraic Hickey in the middle of the field with Darren McCarthy, Michael McHugh, James Geraghty and Donnacha Lonergan the pick of the forwards.
For a gallant Fethard Glen O Meara in goal had a fine game, Declan Doyle pick of the backs shone out, with Christopher Sheehan, David Sullivan and Shane Walsh giving of their best up front.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Lorcan Ryan, Eoin Twohig, Brian Richards, Thomas Ryan 0-1, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan, Padraic Hickey, Darren McCarthy 0-3, Michael McHugh 0-6, Ciaran Gibbs, Ross Larkin, James Geraghty 0-3, Donnacha Lonergan 1-0.
SUBS: Ian Coughlan, Conor Horgan, George Stewart, and Frank Strang,
FETHARD: Glen O Meara, Mike Kelly, Connie Flynn, Daragh Corbett, Niall Hayes, James Smyth, Declan Doyle, William O Brien, John Leahy, David Sullivan 1-0, Christopher Sheehan 0-4, PJ Morrissey 0-1, Paul Kendrick 0-1, Shane Walsh 0-2, Edmond Sheehan.
SUBS: Alan O Connor, Jack Sullivan, and Liam Ryan,
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors
17/3/07: At Cloneen on St Patrick’s Day Kilsheelan-Kilcash, after a slow start, got the measure of their opponents after the interval and were worthy winners in the end. On this display they will need to improve if they hope to take the Title they last held in 2003.
The excellent ground conditions gave the sides a chance to display their talents. Apart from some good passing movements the game never reached any great heights. The closeness of the scores kept it interesting until Kilsheelan pulled away in the end.
Mullinahone were the better side in the early stages. Corner forwards Kevin Walzer and Niall O’Brien were two livewires and were the springboard for those early attacks and the Kilsheelan defence had difficulty in coming to terms with this pressure. When they did get the ball to their attack they made little headway against a Mullinahone defence where Joey O’Meara and former Davin’s player A J Cronin led the way and at this stage they looked the likely winners. After the initial onslaught Kilsheelan finally got to grips with the game. Sub Tommy Ryan added stability to their defence and they gave as good as they got for the remainder of the half. Upfront Michael Mc Hugh’s accuracy from frees and general play was an asset.
While the winners were one point in arrears at the interval one felt that they were capable of turning it around in the second half which is exactly what happened. They were much more adept at taking their chances. Try as they might the men from Kickham country came up against a Kilsheelan defence that was growing in confidence as the game wore on, none more so than Eoin Twohig and Naoise O’Cuinneagain, small in stature but big in heart. Mullinahone pressed their opponents all the way but were fighting a losing battle once the winners notched the only goal of the game.
Mullinahone were first to score. A number of chances went abegging before Kevin Walzer pointed after three minutes. One minute later the same player pointed a free from thirty metres out. From the kickout they again pushed forward and Niall O’Brien was on target with a point.
After seven minutes Michael Mc Hugh got Kilsheelan on the scoreboard when he pointed a free. Another quick fire passing movement resulted in a point by Pádraic Hickey. They went in search of an equaliser but a promising attack was broken up. The ball was played into Kevin Walzer who pointed. Undaunted by this setback Kilsheelan were on level terms after sixteen minutes when Michael Mc Hugh had points in quick succession.
Mullinahone had a great opportunity in putting daylight between the sides when they were awarded a penalty. Kevin Walzer was entrusted with the kick but his drive went over the bar.
Heartened by this let off, Kilsheelan got on level terms when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. In the closing stages of the half Mullinahone’s Adrian Doheny went for a goal but Colm Sweeney in the Kilsheelan goal made a great finger tip save for a ’45. Mullinahone had the last word as indiscipline in the Kilsheelan defence gave Kevin Walzer the opportunity to point a free from a more favourable position. This score gave his side a half time lead of 0-6 to 0-5.
The winners started the second half in determined fashion. They were off target a number of times and also had their claims for a penalty turned down. They eventually got on level terms when James Geraghty drove over the bar. After thirty seven minutes Kilsheelan went ahead for the first time when Michael McHugh was on target from a long range free.
The games only goal arrived six minutes later. Naoise O’Cuinneagain broke up a Mullinahone attack, the ball was played into sub Ian Coughlan and he shot to the corner of the net. From then on the winners were in control. Eoin Ryan was an increasing influence at midfield and there was no stopping them. Michael Mc Hugh increased Kilsheelan’s lead with a point. At the other end Kevin Walzer kept Mullinahone in touch with a pointed free to leave the score 1-7 to 0-7 with eleven minutes left to play. In the closing minutes Kilsheelan pushed home their superiority as Michael Mc Hugh pointed twice and one each from Ian Coughlan (free) and James Geraghty. Kevin Walzer had the last score for Mullinahone as Kilsheelan ran out clear winners by 1-11 to 0-8.
Best for Kilsheelan were Eoin Twohig, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Michael Mc Hugh, subs Tommy Ryan and Ian Coughlan. For Mullinahone Joey O’Meara, Andy Lonergan, A J Cronin, Shane Collins, Kevin Walzer and Niall O’Brien did best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Lorcan Ryan, Eoin Twohig, Brian Richards, Eoin Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinenagain, Paul Denn, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Ciaran Gibbs, Michael Mc Hugh 0-7, Darren Mc Carthy, Ross Larkin, James Geraghty 0-2 and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUBS: Tommy Ryan for Darren Mc Carthy, Ian Coughlan 1-1 for Ciaran Gibbs and Damien Mc Carthy for Ross Larkin.
MULLINAHONE: Alan Walsh, Michael O’Brien, Joey O’Meara, Andy Lonergan, Niall Cronin, A J Cronin, Shane O’Brien, Eddie Phelan, Shane Collins, Donal Coady, Kevin Bolger , Adrian Doheny, Kevin Walzer 0-7, Enda Mc Eniry and Niall O’Brien 0-1.
SUBS: Tom Collins for Kevin Bolger, Ritchie Neary for Adrian Doheny and John Murphy for Eddie Phelan.
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)
24/3/07: A brilliant second half performance was the key factor in Kilsheelan-Kilcash’s eight point win over Carrick Davins in the Centenary Final at Monroe.
Both sides enjoyed impressive runs on the way to the Final and picking a winner would have been a difficult task. Incidentally, they also met in the 2003 Final with victory going to the Kilsheelan side. It was an ideal calm day for football and it was a credit to the teams who produced an entertaining hour’s football. It was a sporting game all through and referee John Mc Cormack will hardly have an easier assignment before year’s end.
From an early stage the winners imposed their authority on the game. Led by Eoin Ryan and Pádraic Hickey in the middle of the field, their quick incisive runs often had the Carrick defence at full stretch. Unfortunately their excellent approach work was often spoiled by faulty shooting. Roving full forward Michael Mc Hugh was very effective and the Carrick defence had no answer to him. In defence, the winners also had a trump card in Tommy Ryan and he was often the springboard for many of their drives forward. It should also be noted that their defence were somewhat unsteady at times but the losers were unable to exploit it. From an early stage the writing was on the wall for Davins. In attack J J Butler was easily their best player. Surprisingly, despite having less possession, the Carrick attack created more goal scoring chances than the winners but were unable to make it pay off. Ritchie Mc Grath did his best to stem the flow at midfield but his team-mates were unable to compliment his efforts. Further back they came under lots of pressure but there was little they could do against an attack that was firing on all cylinders. It was stalemate in the early stages as both sides failed to take their chances. Davins had an early goal chance only for Colm Sweeney in the Kilsheelan goal to bring off a fine save.
The opening score came after ten minutes when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. Ciaran Gibbs worked his way through, was fouled, and Michael Mc Hugh again pointed. The next point was a fine individual effort by Eoin Ryan. Getting possession from the kickout, he worked his way through to shoot a fine point. Further chances came Kilsheelan’s way but they were unable to convert them. Davins had to wait nineteen minutes for their opening score when J J Butler pointed a long range free. Kilsheelan again executed a fine passing movement, Tommy Ryan came up from defence to take the final pass and send over the bar. John Murphy again reduced the leeway when he shot an excellent point from far out. His side took the lead for the first and only time after twenty four minutes. J J Butler worked his way through. His goal bound shot took a deflection and wrong footed the Kilsheelan goalkeeper to give his side a 1-2 to 0-4 lead. This lead was shortlived as Kilsheelan again went in search of scores. Michael Mc Hugh levelled when he pointed from thirty metres. Padraic Hickey did likewise to give his side the lead. Just before the break, the very effective Ciaran Gibbs, added another giving the winners a half time lead of 0-7 to 1-2.
When play resumed Kilsheelan had two wides before Michael Mc Hugh pointed from forty metres and was followed quickly by another from Pádraic Hickey. That man Mc Hugh pointed again after thirty eight minutes. Davins made a number of switches but to no avail. They did force a free which John Murphy pointed. They should have reduced the lead further but faulty shooting left them down. Tommy Ryan again showed up in attack and was on target with a point. In their next attack Davin’s John Murphy had a shot for goal only to find the Kilsheelan goalkeeper equal to the task. After forty four minutes Kilsheelan sub Ian Coughlan got his name on the scoreboard with a point.. Davins broke the sequence of Kilsheelan points when Michael Coady pointed a free. James Geraghty restored Kilsheelan’s six point advantage when he sent over. Kilsheelan then hit a purple patch. Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Mc Hugh had points. Ian Coughlan got possession just inside the twenty metre line, from an angle he sent the ball into the top right hand corner of the net for a brilliant goal. Michael Mc Hugh got possession out near the sideline for a well taken point. Despite the twelve point deficit Davins never gave up and dominated the final seven minutes. J J Butler worked his way through for his second goal and he followed this with a point. They laid siege on the Kilsheelan goal in the closing stages but were repulsed by a defence who scented victory and were in no mood to concede. In the end they were worthy eight point winners with the scoreline reading 1-16 to 2-5.
After the match Board Chairman Miceal Mc Cormack presented the Dick Allen Cup to Kilsheelan’s victorious Captain Michael Mc Hugh. This Cup was presented by the Allen Family in memory of their former County stalwart Dick Allen.
Best for Kilsheelan were Colm Sweeney, Eoin Twohig, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Ciaran Gibbs, Michael McHugh and Ian Coughlan.
For Carrick Davins Ian Mullins, William O’Dwyer and Lee Mackey in defence and further afield Ritchie Mc Grath, J J Butler and John Murphy did best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Shane Prendergast, Eoin Twohig, Brian Richards, Tommy Ryan 0-2, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Pádraic Hickey 0-2, Eoin Ryan 0-1, James Geraghty 0-1, Paul Denn, Ciaran Gibbs 0-1, Ross Larkin, Michael Mc Hugh 0- 7 and Donnacha Lonergan 0-1.
SUBS: Ian Coughlan 1-1 for Ross Larkin, Darren Mc Carthy for James Geraghty
CARRICK DAVINS: John Keyes, Ian Mullins, Jonathan Coady, James Waters, Jamie Waters, William O’Dwyer, Lee Mackey, Ritchie Mc Grath, Luke Foran, Ian O’Dwyer, Shane Butler, Michael Coady 0-1, J J Butler 2-2, William O’Gorman and John Murphy 0-2.
SUBS: Jim Walsh for Luke Foran, Adrian Ryan for Ian O’Dwyer.
REFEREE: John Mc Cormack (Mullinahone)
14/4/07: Burgess and Kilsheelan-Kilcash served up in excess of eighty minutes of football which included some outstanding passages of play before the North Tipp side emerged winners by four points. The game may have started at a slow pace but gained momentum all the time as it went on. However, one would have to say that the second half and the extra time produced some great quality football, high fielding and some well taken scores, as both sides made a determined bid for a Final place. In the end Burgess deserved to reach this stage. They are very strong physically as most of them are over the six foot mark and this presented a “tall” order for their South Tipp opponents. Whatever Kilsheelan lacked in the physical stakes they showed great heart especially in the second half when the need was greatest. Burgess looked the team of all the talents in the opening half, their “diamond” of County U/21 player Tony Dunne, John Hogan, Paddy Flaherty and Donagh Maher had the Kilsheelan defence at full stretch but the star of the show was corner forward Brian Quinn. Time and again, his skill and turn of speed often had the Kilsheelan defence in real trouble. Fortunately for the losers Quinn’s exploits did not yield the scores that they threatened. Despite having the use of a mild wind Kilsheelan were lucky to be on level terms at the interval. When the second half commenced Burgess began to dominate and opened up a three point lead and their physical advantage looked like putting Kilsheelan to the sword.
Kilsheelan were not going to go down without a fight as they knuckled down to the task. Eoin Ryan and Pádraic Hickey at midfield upped the ante. Their runs at the Burgess defence coupled with the roaming full forward Michael Mc Hugh gave them renewed hope. Indeed, one could say that McHugh was Kilsheelan’s most dangerous attacker and his turn of speed created problems for the winners defence. Kilsheelan did go one point up but would have to say that justice was done when Burgess drew level just before the end of normal time.
The decisive moment came in the first minute of extra time when Burgess converted a penalty. From then on, try as they might, Kilsheelan were fighting an uphill battle.
This game sprung into action before it was thirty seconds old. Pádraic Hickey gained possession from the throw in, played the ball to Donnacha Lonergan who made good ground. When nothing seemed on he found the unmarked Michael Mc Hugh who placed the ball out of the goalkeeper’s reach. Within ninety seconds Burgess were on level terms. Tony Dunne gathered the ball and laid off to Cian Mc Donnell who in turn laid off to Brian Quinn. He spotted an opening and crashed the ball to the net. In the following minutes both scorers were off target from a number of frees. The game then went without a score for twelve minutes. A very determined Eoin Ryan made a great run through the Burgess defence, the ball came back off the crossbar and the chance seemed lost. Donnacha Lonergan got possession and shot Kilsheelan’s second goal. However, one minute later Burgess were again on level terms. Quinn, who was giving a taste of things to come, went for goal. Kilsheelan goalkeeper Colm Sweeney stopped the shot. The rebound fell to Daniel Mc Mahon and he goaled. The game’s first point did not arrive until the sixteenth minute when Brian Quinn pointed a free. Minutes later Quinn out jumped the Kilsheelan goalkeeper only for Lorcan Ryan to clear the ball off the line. Kilsheelan equalised after twenty three minutes when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free from forty metres. During this period Kilsheelan were leading a somewhat charmed life and only a number of timely interceptions by Lorcan Ryan kept Burgess at bay. Burgess were eventually rewarded when Brian Quinn pointed two frees. As the game went into injury time Donnacha Lonergan got possession from a Burgess kickout and promptly returned the ball over the bar. Michael Mc Hugh went on to point a free from out near the sideline and the sides went in at the break on level terms on 2-3 each.
In the opening stages of the second half Kilsheelan applied lots of pressure. After about twelve passes Pádraic Hickey shot a point under great pressure. The inevitable Quinn again had the side’s level when he pointed. Sub Donal Fogarty put Burgess ahead. Stephen Flaherty added a further point. Donagh Maher made it 2-7 to 2-4 after forty one minutes and the North Champions seemed to be coasting. However, Kilsheelan were not prepared to throw in the towel. Michael Mc Hugh reduced the leeway with a pointed free. Kilsheelan began to run at a Burgess defence that did not look as sound as it was early on. Eoin Ryan was having an increased influence in the middle of the field. Burgess placed Tony Dunne on him but Ryan continued to have the upper hand in this area. This began to pay off as an overworked Burgess defence began to foul. Mc Hugh pointed two frees and the sides were deadlocked at 2-7 each after fifty two minutes. Both sides stepped up the pace of the game further as they fought for the winning score. Mc Hugh put Kilsheelan ahead with a pointed free after fifty six minutes. One minute from time Paddy Fogarty put Burgess on level terms with a free from forty metres. This was the last score and extra time beckoned.
When play resumed Burgess went on the attack and were awarded a penalty. Brian Quinn’s hard shot to the corner of the net gave the Kilsheelan goalkeeper no chance. Undaunted by this setback Kilsheelan moved upfield and Michael Mc Hugh pointed after good work by Eoin Ryan. Mc Hugh, from a close in free, reduced the lead to the minimum with a point. Burgess again hit back in decisive fashion. Sub Shane Looby worked his way through to leave the score 4-8 to 2-10 after sixty nine minutes. Coming up to half time the lead was down to three points when Donnacha Lonergan pointed from forty five metres out. Brian Quinn, who had a much quieter second half, pointed to leave the score at 4-9 to 2-11 at the half time. When play resumed Paddy Fogarty and Cillian Ryan pointed to leave two goals between the sides. Kilsheelan’s cause looked to be lost but to their credit they kept plugging away. With four minutes remaining Michael Mc Hugh pointed and one minute later he repeated the act. In injury time his side laid siege on the Burgess goal. They forced two ‘45’s to no avail and Burgess ran out winners on a 4-11 to 2-13 scoreline. While the margin was four points in the end, one would have to say, that the Burgess side were the better side overall.
Best for Burgess were Denis Carroll, Tony Dunne, John Hogan, Paddy Fogarty, Donagh Maher, Stephen Flaherty and Brian Quinn.
While for Kilsheelan Lorcan Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Mc Hugh.
BURGESS: Paddy Ryan, Liam O’Donoghue, Denis Carroll, Rory Ryan, Michael Hogan, Tony Dunne, Brian Tucker (Capt), John Hogan, Paddy Fogarty 0-2, Cian Mc Donnell, Donagh Maher 0-2, Stephen Flaherty 0-1, Alan Keane, Daniel Mc Mahon 1-0 and Brian Quinn 2-4.
SUBS: Donal Fogarty 0-1 for Donal Mc Mahon, Cillian Ryan 0-1 for Cian Mc Donnell Shane Looby 1-0 for Michael Hogan and Cian Mc Donnell for Stephen Flaherty.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Lorcan Ryan, Eoin Twohig, Brian Richards, Tommy Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Ciaran Gibbs, Paul Denn, Donnacha Lonergan 1-2, Ross Larkin, Michael Mc Hugh (Capt) 1-10 and James Geraghty.
SUBS: Darren Mc Carthy for Ciaran Gibbs, Ian Coughlan for Ross Larkin and Shane Prendergast for James Geraghty.
REFEREE: Jimmy Sweeney (Gortnahoe-Glengoole)
JUNIOR “B” FOOTBALL
4/7/07: In their first match at Kilsheelan, Carrick Swan apart from the opening minutes, led all the way and were worthy winners.
Kilsheelan had first use of a strong wind and went ahead when William Larkin sent over the bar. Swan struck for the only goal of the game when Barry Walsh shot to the corner of the net from close range. Kilsheelan went on to miss many chances before the Carrick side got a grip on the game and at half time led by 1-8 to 0-4.
The second half continued in a similar vein though Kilsheelan finished well and had a number of points they never looked like threatening the Carrick side’s supremacy as they ran out winners by 1-15 to 0-9.
CARRICK SWAN: William Barrett, Paul Hahessy, Pat Lanigan, Stephen Kearns, John Walsh, Glenn Keane, Dermot Lanigan, Johnny Cahill, Aaron Harrigan 0-2, Shane Hogan 0-2, Tony Robinson 0-1, Ray Dunne 0-2, Craig Walsh 0-5, Tadgh Manning 0-1 and Barry Walsh 1-1.
SUBS: Jim Burke 0-1, Stephen Walsh, Damien Reade, Liam Murphy and Dean Cleary.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Eoin Twohig, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Colm Sweeney, Pakie Larkin, Martin Ormonde, Eddie O’Connell, Eoin Ryan, Brendan Butler 0-1, William Larkin 0-2, Jason Fogarty, Ciaran Gibbs, Michael Ryan and Ian Coughlan 0-3.
SUBS: Ross Larkin 0-2, Robert Henebry 0-1, Kieran O’Halloran
REFEREE: Seamus Mullins (St Mary’s)
12/7/07: Kilsheelan got back to winning ways with a 3-12 to 0-4 victory over Killenaule at Fethard. They led from start to finish and always looked like winners. Michael Dempsey, Brian Richards, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Colm Sweeney, Pakie Larkin, Martin Ormonde, Eddie O’Connell 0-2, Richard Crotty 0-2, Ross Larkin 0-4, William Larkin 1-0, Michael O’Reilly 1-0, Ciaran O’Halloran 0-4, Jason Fogarty 1-0 and Ian Coughlan.
SUBS: Damien Mc Carthy for Martin Ormonde, Tommy Morrissey for Ian Coughlan, Roger Doyle for William Larkin and Robert Henebry for John Larkin.
25/7/07: Ned Hall Park was the venue as they took on Ballyporeen where the two sides served up an entertaining game with never more than a few points between them and it was in the balance right to the end.
In the opening minutes Larry Brophy and Ciaran O’Halloran exchanged points. Tom Macken and O’Halloran from frees kept the sides deadlocked. Michael O’Reilly put the winners ahead after fourteen minutes with a point. Ross Larkin put them further ahead with a point. Dan English, from a free, reduced the lead to the minimum. Kilsheelan, who were making little impression despite playing with a strong wind, struck with a goal just before the break. Ian Coughlan connected perfectly with a ground ball and shot past the advancing goalkeeper from a tight angle.
On resumption Larry Brophy reduced the arrears with a point while Danny English had a point from a free. The sides were level after forty one minutes. Midfielder Michael Hanrahan worked his way past a number of defenders to drive to the roof of the net. One would have expected Ballyporeen to win it at that stage. The winners went on to enjoy a good period and also squandered chances. Eddie O’Connell put over a point which was cancelled out by Danny English from a free. Ciaran O’Halloran put Kilsheelan ahead again. Ballyporeen pressed for the equaliser but it was Kilsheelan who had the final score when Ciaran O’Halloran put over from a free to leave his side winners by 1-7 to 1-5.
Best for Kilsheelan were John & Pakie Larkin, Eddie O’Connell, Ciaran O’Halloran and Richard Crotty.
For Ballyporeen David Russell, Thomas Drislane, Michael Hanrahan, Ian O’Donnell and Francis Martin were best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Brian Richards, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Colm Sweeney, Pakie Larkin, Martin Ormonde, Richard Crotty, Eddie O’Connell 0-1, Ross Larkin 0-1,. Eoin Ryan (K), Michael O’Reilly 0-1, Ian Coughlan 1-0, Jason Fogarty and Ciaran O’Halloran 0-4.
SUBS: Senan O’Halloran, Michael Ryan, Roger Doyle, Ciaran Gibbs and Jim Healy
BALLYPOREEN: Billy Macken, Eamon O’Brien, David Russell, Conor O’Farrell, David O’Neill, Thomas Drislane, Kenneth English, Michael Hanrahan 1-0, Paudie Fitzgerald, Danny English 0-2, Ian O’Donnell, Thomas Hickey, Larry Brophy 0-2, Tom Macken 0-1 and Francis Martin.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (Clonmel)
28/8/07: At Kilsheelan the home side led all the way to win by a somewhat flattering nine points. St Pat’s were already out of contention but Kilsheelan needed the points in order to reach the knockout stages.
As one would expect for this grade it was played at a very leisurely pace. St Patrick’s started with only fourteen players, Kilsheelan totally dominated the opening quarter but their passing movements were too slow to make it pay off on the scoreboard. They had points from Ian Coughlan (2), Richard Crotty, Ciaran & Senan O’Halloran. St Pat’s had their opening score after nineteen minutes from Kenny Brett who was easily the best player on the field and he finished with a tally of eight points. They had a further point from Richard Needham and two more from Brett. Coming up to the interval Kilsheelan had a somewhat fortuitous goal when Sean O’Halloran’s effort looked to be going over the bar but instead ended up in the net and at half time Kilsheelan led by 1-5 to 0-4.
On the resumption St Patrick’s enjoyed a good spell with two points from Kenny Brett and one from John Brett and Kilsheelan’s lead looked to be under threat. Kilsheelan had three points in quick succession from Senan O’Halloran, Eddie O’Connell, while sub Seamus Roche making a rare appearance, also pointed from an acute angle. Kenny Brett was again twice on the mark for St Pat’s. The first goal arrived in the forty sixth minute when Colm Sweeney raced up from defence, passed to Ciaran O’Halloran who was grounded, a penalty was awarded and O’Halloran found the back of the net. The winners went on to add further points by Senan O’Halloran, Ian Coughlan and sub Ross Larkin to lead by 2-11 to 0-9. Going in to the closing stages a poor kick-out from St Patrick’s goal reached Ian Coughlan, he soloed through, and had little difficulty in beating the St Pat’s goalkeeper. Pakie Larkin had Kilsheelan’s final point while St Patrick’s had further points from John Gleeson and two from Kenny Brett as Kilsheelan ran out clear winners by 3-12 to 0-12.
Best for Kilsheelan were Colm Sweeney, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Pakie Larkin, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran and Ian Coughlan.
Most impressive for St Patrick’s were Derek Noonan, Michael O’Connell, Stuart Broderick, Jason Hayes, John & Kenny Brett.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Michael Foley, Peter O’Connell, Colm Sweeney, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Pakie Larkin 0-2, Martin Ormonde, Richard Crotty 0-1, Eoin Ryan (K), Ciaran Gibbs, Eddie O’Connell 0-1, Senan O’Halloran 1-2, Ian Coughlan 1-3, Roger Doyle and Ciaran O’Halloran 1-1.
SUBS: SeamusRoche 0-1 and Ross Larkin 0-1.
ST PATRICK’S: Eamon Hall, Jim Mc Grath, Declan Ryan, Derek Noonan, Aaron Cronin, Michael O’Connell, Stuart Broderick, Conor Barry, Jason Hayes, Richard Needham 0-1, John Brett 0-2, John Gleeson 0-1, John Moroney, Jason Noonan and Kenny Brett 0-8.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
5/9/07: At Davin Park the points were vital to both sides in order to reach the knockout stages but it was Kilsheelan who triumphed by an eleven point margin. A win for Grangemockler would have ensured a play off between the same two teams. However, Kilsheelan’s victory put them through to the Semi Finals.
Grangemockler made the better start when Jim O’Meara pointed after three minutes but Ciaran O’Halloran had Kilsheelan level shortly after. Grangemockler then got a firm grip on the game with the O’Meara brothers Andrew, Jim, John and Eamon showing their vast senior experience but their forwards were not able to capitalise on their chances. They eventually went ahead with a Mark Connolly point while Jim O’Meara added two more. Kilsheelan, who had not scored for some time, had a point from Jim Healy while Jim O’Meara had a further point to give his side a half time lead of 0-4 to 0-2.
When play resumed Kilsheelan were a much more determined side. Chances were missed at either end before Kilsheelan struck the decisive blow after forty one minutes. Colm Sweeney made a great drive up from defence resulting in Jim Healy shooting a goal. Two further points by Ian Coughlan and one by Michael Ryan put Kilsheelan in the driving seat. They then introduced Darren Mc Carthy who signalled his arrival with a point
Eoin Ryan had a further Kilsheelan goal following a Ross Larkin delivery. Larkin had his side’s third goal when his deft touch put the ball out of reach of the Grangemockler goalkeeper. Eddie O’Connell added the final point to give Kilsheelan victory by eleven points on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-5.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Michael Foley, Peter O’Connell, Colm Sweeney, Brian Richards, Pakie Larkin, Martin Ormonde, Richard Crotty, Eoin Ryan (K) 1-0, Eddie O’Connell 0-1, Jim Healy 1-1, Jason Fogarty, Ian Coughlan 0-2, Michael Ryan 0-1 and Ciaran O’Halloran 0-1.
SUBS: William Larkin for Jason Fogarty, Naoise O Cuinneagain for Michael Ryan, Ross Larkin 1-0 for Ciaran O’Halloran and Darren Mc Carthy 0-1 for Martin Ormonde.
GRANGEMOCKLER: Gerry O’Meara, Thomas Coady, Michael Houlihan, Dean Madden, Andrew O’Meara, Kevin O’Shea, John O’Meara 0-1, Jim O’Meara 0-3, Mark Connolly 0-1, Eamon O’Meara, Edmond Hearne, Mick Martin, Daniel Lambe and Finbarr Hickey.
SUBS: Robert Kennedy for Jim O’Meara and Jim O’Meara for Edmond Hearne.
REFEREE: Miceal Mc Cormack(Fethard)
23/6/07: In their opening match at Ardfinnan last year’s South champions and County finalists Kilsheelan-Kilcash were given a stern test by Ballyporeen. Played under perfect conditions this was an excellent game of football. There was some fine fielding especially in the vital midfield area while there was some well executed moves. The inevitable stray passes also featured which at times put defences under pressure.
Ballyporeen got the best possible start when they had a goal in the first minute. A Kilsheelan defender’s attempt to clear was intercepted by Daire Lyons and he sent a hard drive to the net from close range. Three minutes later Michael Mc Hugh got Kilsheelan off the mark with a point from a free. The winners put a number of passes together resulting in Adrian Walsh pointing from outside the ‘45 mark. Willie Cahill replied with a pointed free for Ballyporeen. Kilsheelan had a great chance of a goal after another good move but Ballyporeen’s goalkeeper Jack English smothered the shot. Willie Cahill pointed for Ballyporeen to leave his side ahead by 1-2 to 0-2 after thirteen minutes.
Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free for Kilsheelan. Good work by Eoin Ryan resulted in a point by Pierce Larkin. Ryan went on to shake off a number of would be tackles to level the score after twenty two minutes. Further Kilsheelan pressure resulted in a ’45 which Michael Mc Hugh pointed to put his side ahead for the first time. Eddie Sweeney, from a Paul Denn pass, extended their lead further. Ballyporeen finished the half well. Daire Lyons whose speed off the mark was creating lots of problems for the Kilsheelan defence reduced the arrears with a point while Willie Cahill was again on the mark from a difficult free. At half time it was level pegging at 1-4 to 0-7.
As in the first half Ballyporeen made the better start. They put a number of passes together for Kevin Lynch to send over. They extended their lead when M J Meaney pointed a free. This turned out to be Ballyporeen’s last point of the game.
Daire Lyons moved to midfield at this stage but was not as effective as in the opening half. The sides were again level after forty minutes when Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, and Adrian Walsh had points. Man of the match Eoin Ryan put Mc Hugh through to put his side ahead. Ballyporeen received a blow after forty eight minutes when Shane Molan received a second yellow card. It should be pointed out that the match was played in a good sporting manner and this was only an isolated incident.
Mc Hugh, from a long distance free, put Kilsheelan three points clear. With a numerical advantage the winners were now well in control but this did not reflect on the scoreboard. After fifty two minutes they were rocked back on their heels when the ball dropped into their goalmouth. Kevin Lynch was on hand to slam the breaking ball to the net to put the side’s level. It was now end to end as the winning score was sought.
With one minute left on the clock Kilsheelan were awarded a free which Mc Hugh duly pointed. Full back Jimmy Ryan who was the extra man stole up from defence, took a pass, and sent over the bar. Ballyporeen had one final chance but it yielded nothing. While there was only two points between the sides Kilsheelan were well deserving winners by 0-14 to 2-6.
Best for Kilsheelan were Martin Larkin, Eoin Ryan, John Roche, Michael Mc Hugh and Adrian Walsh.
For Ballyporeen their best players were Michael Kenneally, Pat Quinlan, Eoin Kearney, Daire Lyons and Kevin Lynch
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Noel Ryan, Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Eoin Ryan 0-1, John Roche, Michael Mc Hugh 0-8, Pierce Larkin 0-1, Paul Denn, Donnacha Lonergan, Adrian Walsh 0-2 and Edward Sweeney 0-1.
SUBS: Christy Ryan for Niall Walsh (inj) and James Geraghty for Paul Denn
BALLYPOREEN: Jack English, Kevin Kenneally, Fergal Mc Loughlin, Pat Quinlan, Michael Kenneally, Joe English, Shane Molan, Davy Hyland, Eoin Kearney, Noel O’Gorman, Daire Lyons 1-1, Willie Cahill 0-3, Kevin Lynch 1-1,Thomas Molan and M J Meaney 0-1.
SUBS: Rory O’Farrell for Fergal Mc Loughlin (inj), Sean Sweeney for Davy Hyland, Conor Sweeney for Willie Cahill and Harry English for Kevin Kenneally
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan)
7/7/07: The next outing was against Clonmel Og in Monroe. The game started off on a high note with some good passages of football. At the end of the first quarter it became somewhat ragged as discipline was not what it should have been and referee Derek O’Mahony had to use the yellow card a number of times with the Clonmel side receiving the greater number. The rest of the match disintegrated as a spectacle with too many stoppages for frees and minor injuries.
In the closing stages the referee was again forced to maintain order. Clonmel Og were reduced to fourteen players when Dwayne Burns was sidelined.
Over the hour the Clonmel side had the greater share of possession. Their No 11 John Crotty arguably man of the match especially for his high fielding but his teammates were unable to capitalise on his promptings.
Clonmel Og had chances to open the scoring but it was Kilsheelan who showed the way after four minutes when Keith O’Brien pointed a free. The town side were soon on level terms. Dwayne Burn’s shot came back off the upright and Karl Kearney kicked the rebound over the bar. A John Roche ‘45 was fielded by Adrian Walsh and he pointed. After eleven minutes, Kilsheelan went on to strike the decisive blow and take a lead that they never lost, Adrian Walsh grabbed the ball in a goalmouth tussle and sent it to the back of the net. Clonmel Og reduced the leeway when Dwayne Burns pointed after a fine solo effort. Kilsheelan added two further points when Michael Mc Hugh obliged from a free and Adrian Walsh from a Paul Denn pass.
After this Clonmel Og came more into the game but had difficulty in finding gaps in the winners defence. Karl Kearney pointed after seventeen minutes. Noel Walsh, who had switched to centre half back, moved forward to take a pass and send over the bar. Little of note happened in the last ten minutes. Apart from Kilsheelan missing an easy free they led at half time by 1-4 to 0-4.
On the restart Kilsheelan went further ahead. John Roche found the unmarked Eddie Sweeney, who had come on as a sub, and he sent over the bar. Clonmel Og kept in touch when following good approach work John Crotty pointed. His side then had a goal opportunity only for Dwayne Burns brought a fine save from David Power in the Kilsheelan goal. Kilsheelan extended their lead when Michael Mc Hugh was on the mark from a free but this was cancelled out when Ian Purcell pointed for Clonmel Og in the eighteenth minute to leave the score 1-6 to 0-6 in favour of the winners. Clonmel Og began to create the better chances but apart from bringing another fine save from the Kilsheelan goalkeeper they lacked the finish to make a positive impact. After fifty two minutes Mc Hugh pointed a free. Johnny Cagney missed an easy chance after receiving from Crotty. The latter went on to cap a fine performance with a point but its Kilsheelan who went on to have the last word. Eoin Ryan fielded a Clonmel Og kickout, his strength took him past a number of defenders, he laid off to the unmarked Donnacha Lonergan who raced through to blast the ball to the net to put the game beyond recall for Clonmel Og to leave the final score at 2-7 to 0-7.
Best for the winners were David Power, Jimmy Ryan, John Roche, Eoin Ryan and Adrian Walsh. For Clonmel Og best were Noel Walsh, Christopher Aylward, Shane Kearney, John Crotty and Karl Kearney.
KILSHEELAN- KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Noel Ryan, Keith Robinson, Pádraic Hickey, Tommy Ryan, John Roche, Eoin Ryan, Paul Denn, Pierce Larkin, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, Keith O’Brien 0-1, Adrian Walsh 1-2 and Donnacha Lonergan 1-0.
SUBS: Edward Sweeney 0-1 for Martin Larkin (inj).
CLONMEL OG: Darren Boland, Aidan Fox, Noel Walsh 0-1, Brian Gentles, Johnny Cagney, Christopher Aylward, Michael Condon, Shane Kearney, Malcolm O’Connor, Ian Purcell 0-1, John Crotty 0-2, Jonathon O’Donoghue, Robbie Hickey, Karl Kearney 0-2 and Dwayne Burns 0-1.
SUBS: David Peters for Jonathon O’Donoghue (inj), Mark Gregory for Robbie Hickey and Ross Aylward for Ian Purcell.
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)
29/7/07: Having won their two opening games Kilsheelan consolidated their position at the top of the table when they had ten points to spare over Moyle Rovers at Clonmel. The losers needed the points badly if they were to make further progress in this competition but from an early stage this did not look the likely outcome.
Kilsheelan started off in decisive fashion and quickly turned their chances into scores. They had two points from Keith O’Brien while Pierce Larkin, Adrian Walsh and Edward Sweeney were also on the mark. Moyle Rovers had their first score when John Owens pointed after twelve minutes. His side went on to enjoy a good period of play and they had two further points from Diarmuid Foley. The favourites were in no mood to see the margin reducing any further and this paid off when Adrian Walsh shot a point. Late in the half Anthony Burke had a point for Moyle Rovers while Keith O’Brien sent over the bar for Kilsheelan to give his side a half time lead of 0-7 to 0-4.
Just like the first half Kilsheelan were again looking much the stronger outfit. Eoin Ryan, who shone all through at centre field, had his efforts rewarded when he opened the second half with a point. In the next attack Adrian Walsh did likewise. In the thirty ninth minute Kilsheelan looked to be well on the way to victory when Adrian Walsh sent the ball to the back of the Moyle Rovers net. The onslaught continued and Moyle Rovers were forced to give away a penalty. Michael Mc Hugh was entrusted with the kick and he expertly placed the ball in the corner of the net. With the game fast slipping away from them Moyle Rovers never gave up as John Owens added another point. The pace of the game began to slow down as Kilsheelan had it under wraps. Moyle Rovers did have two late points from Eddie Whelan and Anthony Burke but these were only consolation efforts as Kilsheelan won by 2-11 to 0-7.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Noel Ryan, Keith Robinson, Tommy Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, John Roche, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 1-1, Pierce Larkin 0-1, Edward Sweeney 0-2, Keith O’Brien 0-3, Adrian Walsh 1-3 and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUBS: Niall Walsh and Christy Ryan.
MOYLE ROVERS: Conal Cross, Eamon Cahill, Ger Mc Carthy, David Foley, Billy Hunt, Sean Keating, Mark Ryan, Oliver Mc Grath, Richard Power, Anthony Burke 0-2, Kevin Morrissey, Diarmuid Foley 0-2, Morgan Ryan , John Owens 0-2 and Michael Mulcahy.
SUBS: John Lyne, Eddie Whelan 0-1 and Gary Moore
15/9/07: In a match to decide who would top the table, Kilsheelan took on Clonmel Og at Monroe. Played under perfect conditions, the standard of football in the first half left a lot to be desired and was not in keeping for any side with ambitions of achieving divisional honours. However the pace of the game picked up in the second half and most of the excitement came in the last ten minutes as Clonmel Og tried to protect a narrow lead.
For long periods the Clonmel side controlled the match as they created numerous chances but shot too many wides. Their defence were doing well against a Kilsheelan attack that lacked ideas. John Crotty and Malcolm O’Connor were on top at midfield especially in the first half. Their gambit of fisting the ball down to a team mate was very effective and at the same time they prevented Kilsheelan’s high fielding Eoin Ryan from dominating.
In the second half Kilsheelan came more and more into the game. In the closing stages they dug deep to force extra time. One felt they had now grasped the initiative and when questions had to be answered they did so in style. Chief architect in this victory was Adrian Walsh while lining out at full forward he scored only two points but he was often to be found further afield when his sides defence was stretched to the limit.
Clonmel Og had two wides before Kilsheelan opened the scoring. Adrian Walsh found the unmarked Pierce Larkin who pointed from a narrow angle. Clonmel Og were soon on level terms when Dwayne Burns pointed and they went ahead when Jonathon O’Donoghue was on the mark from a free. The winner’s attack was getting a reasonable supply of ball but the Clonmel Og defence were proving too strong for them. The first goal chance fell to Clonmel Og. Ian Purcell brought a fine save from David Power in the Kilsheelan goal resulting in a ’45. Dwayne Burns faced up to take the kick, stepped over the ball, and John Crotty sent a short kick to him which he sent over the bar. This left Clonmel Og leading by 0-3 to 0-1 after seventeen minutes. Kilsheelan’s Adrian Walsh showed a fine piece of opportunism when he dispossessed a Clonmel Og defender and sent over the bar. Dwayne Burns, who was causing lots of problems for the Kilsheelan defence, was late tackled and he pointed the resultant free. After twenty five minutes Adrian Walsh had one of the best points of the game when he sent over the bar from forty five metres while at the other end Jonathon O’Donoghue did likewise from somewhat closer in. Just before the interval the Clonmel side’s hopes received a major boost. Dwayne Burns passed to Ian Purcell and he placed the ball well out of the reach of Kilsheelan goalkeeper David Power. Just before the break Keith O’Brien pointed a free for Kilsheelan but it was Clonmel Og who led by 1-5 to 0-4.
On the restart Michael Mc Hugh reduced arrears with a pointed free. The same player repeated the feat three minutes later. Clonmel Og wasted a number of further chances before John Crotty’s delivery was well fielded by full forward Shane Kearney who pointed. Further points by Michael Mc Hugh from a free and from play reduced arrears to 1-6 to 0-8 after forty nine minutes. Clonmel Og again stretched their lead when sub Adrian Rouse sent over. A further point by Paul Cagney made it look like an upset was on the cards but Kilsheelan’s John Roche, who had moved to midfield was doing great work which resulted in a Michael McHugh point to leave the score at 1-8 to 0-10 as the game moved into injury time. Kilsheelan went in search of an equaliser. Keith Robinson, moving up from defence, shot for a point and his curling shot made it over the bar and the sides were level much to the relief of his side’s supporters who thought their chance was gone. From the kickout Kilsheelan got possession but were unable to find the target and the full time whistle was blown with extra time to be played.
Christopher Aylward came up from defence and put Clonmel Og back into the lead. Michael Mc Hugh, who had a quite first half, was now very much the architect of Kilsheelan’s revival and had two points from frees. Paul Cagney kept the Clonmel side in touch with a point. Kilsheelan were now well on top with Mc Hugh again on the mark from a free while Eoin Ryan’s good work outfield was rewarded with a further point and at half time Kilsheelan led by 0-15 to 1-10.
In the final ten minutes Clonmel Og faded from the scene. It was more damaged limitation than regaining the initiative as a very confident Kilsheelan side were now playing their best football. They received a further blow when Paul Cagney received a second yellow card. In the fading light Michael Mc Hugh was twice on the mark from frees and he concluded the scoring when he sent over after about six players were involved as his side ran out decisive winners by 0-18 to 1-10.
Kilsheelan are now through to the Final and also through to the county quarter finals. All is not yet lost for Clonmel Og as they must now play Ballyporeen for a place in the Final.
Best for Kilsheelan were Jimmy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, John Roche, Michael Mc Hugh, sub Pakie Larkin and Adrian Walsh.
For Clonmel Og Conor Morrissey, Christopher Aylward, John Crotty, Malcolm O’Connor Dwayne Burns and Shane Kearney were most effective.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Noel Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Tommy Ryan, Keith Robinson 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Niall Walsh, Pierce Larkin 0-1, John Roche, Michael Mc Hugh 0-12, Keith O’Brien 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-2 and Edward Sweeney.
SUBS: Donnacha Lonergan for Keith O’Brien, Pakie Larkin for Niall Walsh, Christy Ryan for Michael Mc Hugh (inj) and Paul Denn for Edward Sweeney.
CLONMEL OG: Keith Madigan, Aidan Fox, Conor Morrissey, Colin O’Mahony, Brian Gentles, Noel Walsh, Christopher Aylward 0-1, John Crotty, Malcolm O’Connor, Ian Purcell 1-0, Robbie Hickey, Jonathon O’Donoghue 0-2, Dwayne Burns 0-3, Shane Kearney 0-1 and Paul Cagney 0-3.
SUB: Adrian Rouse for Jonathon O’Donoghue and David Thompson for Robbie Hickey.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
25/6/07: In a closely contested game Slievenamon just about held out for a one point victory over Moyle Rovers in Fethard. The Powerstown side could be classed as favourites having three of the County minor panel on their team. Moyle Rovers started the stronger and had an early goal when Robert Kearney was on hand to send the rebound to the net after Slievenamon goalie John Moroney batted out a long range delivery from Ciarán Lorrigan. Moyle followed with a pointed free from Seán Carey and a further point from David McGrath from the wing. Seán Carey had a further point for Moyle Rovers before Slievenamon got off the mark with a goal from Paul Horan following a long clearance by Lorcan Ryan & some good work by Richard Needham & Donnacha Lonergan. John Moroney caught a long ball from Ciarán Lorrigan and Eoghan McCormack cleared another Rovers attack. Donnacha Lonergan & Paul Horan added further points for Slievenamon. Moyle Rovers had three wides before Richard Needham’s attempt at goal was deflected over the bar by Paddy Burke. Robert McCormack pointed a free for Slievenamon for whom Donnacha Lonergan shot wide from 40 yards and Páraic Hickey pointed from fifty yards after taking a pass from Robert McCormack.
Slievenamon had a number of wides before Robert McCormack pointed a 65. Seán Carey pointed a free for Moyle Rovers. The last score of the half was a pointed 65 for Slievenamon by Robert McCormack who had a free and another 65 deflected out by the hard working Moyle Rovers defence. The half time score was 1-7 to 1-4 in favour of Slievenamon.
The second half started with two pointed frees by Ciaran Lorigan and a similar score by Robert McCormack. Paul Horan got his and Slievenamon’s second goal. Peter Acheson was fouled and Ciarán Lorrigan’s free went over the bar despite his attempt at goal. Moyle Rovers had five wides in succession before David McGrath broke the spell with a close in point. Seán Carey added another from a free. Moyle Rovers had four more wides and Slievenamon had two. The final minutes saw Moyle Rovers trying for points with four wides to two for Slievenamon before Ciarán Lorrigan wound up the scoring with a point from long range for victory on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-10.
While both sides will look back on missed opportunities Moyle Rovers will surely lament the many wides they shot as the main reason for Slievenamon’s victory.
Best for Slievenamon were Eoghan & Robert McCormack, the half back line of Jason Hayes, Lorcan Ryan & Darren Meagher, Damian Barry & Naoise O Cuinneagain.
Moyle Rovers were best served by their Co minor trio of Ciaran Lorigan, Peter Acheson & Seán Carey & Denis McGrath.
SLIEVENAMON: John Moroney, Colm Dunne, Eoghan McCormack, Damian Barry, Jason Hayes, Lorcan Ryan, Darren Meagher, Robert McCormack 0-4, Naoise Ó Cuinneagáin, Neil Gleeson, Paul Horan 2-1, Páraic Hickey 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Richard Needham 0-1 and Shane Gorey.
SUBS: Stuart Broderick for Shane Gorey, Damian McCarthy for Richard Needham.
MOYLE ROVERS: Paddy Burke, Charlie Purcell, David Foley, Ciaran Kenrick, Shane Heffernan ,Ciarán Lorigan 0-4, Denis McGrath 0-2, Edmund Burke, Peter Acheson, Ewan Moir, Seán Carey 0-4, David McGrath, J.P.O Donovan, Brian Smith and Robert Kearney 1-0.
SUB: David Burke for Ewan Moir.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield)
2/7/07: It was a case of a second win for the St. Patricks-Kilsheelan minor hurling team and a second defeat for the home side in this lively tie played in Mullinahone. Mullinahone’ pitch was in fine order when referee Paddy Ivors set the game in motion. Slievenamon looked the stronger side in the early exchanges but it was the Mullinahone side who opened the scoring with a Kevin Walzer point. Slievenamon put on pressure and Mullinahone were somewhat lucky after five minutes when Slievenamon had a goal disallowed. Donnacha Lonergan levelled with a point. Even at this early stage the Slievenamon attack was inclined to be wasteful, clocking up a number of wides. This trend persisted throughout the game. Kevin Walzer pointed a number of frees but the second quarter belonged to Slievenamon. They scored two goals courtesy of hesitancy in the Mullinahone goal area with Padraic Hickey and Donnacha Lonergan claiming credit. Mullinahone kept in touch with points late in the half from Richie Morrissey and Kevin Walzer to leave the half time score Slievenamon 2-5 Mullinahone 0-7.
Mullinahone improved in the third quarter but they only cut the gap by a point with 3 points to Kevin Walzer to two from Slievenamon’s Hickey and Robert McCormack. In the 16th minute a goal from the hitherto quiet Sean Curran brought the sides level 1-10 to 2-7. Mullinahone tried to press on but after 20 minutes sub Damian McCarthy calmed Slievenamon’s nerves when he goaled from a ball dropped in the Mullinahone square. Slievenamon pressed on with two points from Naoise O Cunneagain. McCarthy closed the scoring with a booted point after 29 minutes to leave the final score Slievenamon 3-10 Mullinahone 1-10. Mullinahone had not scored again after their goal with fourteen minutes still left.
At times Mullinahone played some skilful hurling but the art of scoring was somewhat alien to a number of their forwards and they relied too much on Kevin Walzer frees. The scoring ability of the out of bounds Niall O’Brien was also missed. Slievenamon adopted an old fashioned but effective format. They were strong down the middle. John Moroney was safe in goal while Eoghan McCormack and Lorcan Ryan held the defence together. Robert McCormack and Naoise O Cuinneagain got on top at midfield as Kevin Walzer who had covered acres of ground seemed to tire towards the finish. Up front this time the full line seemed the more effective, with sub Damian McCarthy also making the score sheet. For Mullinahone Tom Collins did well especially at full back. Joseph O’Meara and Keith Mullally tried hard while Chris Horan showed some skilful touches. Kevin Walzer was most active but could have taken too much upon himself. Up front Sean Curran and Richie Morrissey did some good with Niall Cronin doing better out the field.
SLIEVENAMON: John Moroney, Colm Dunne, Eoghan McCormack, Damian Barry, Jason Hayes, Lorcan Ryan, Darren Meagher, Robert McCormack, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Neil Gleeson, Paul Horan, Richard Needham, Donnacha Lonergan, Padraic Hickey, Shane Gorey, SUBS: Damian McCarthy, Stuart Broderick,
MULLINAHONE: Alan Walsh, Ciaran O Shea, Joseph O’Meara, Chris Horan, Keith Mulally, Tom Collins, Brian Treacy, Sean Quirke, Kevin Walzer, Sean Curran, Eddie Phelan, Richie Morrissey, Nigel O’Brien, Niall Cronin, Danny Luttrell.
11/7/07: Slievenamon’s next match took place against Killenaule in Monroe. The game was played on a damp surface but happily the rain held off. Apart from a number of fine individual displays the fair on offer was rather moderate. The opening score did not arrive until the seventh minute. Killenaule’s centre half back John O’Dwyer drove a long ball into the Slievenamon goalmouth where Sean Kennedy gathered and drove to the net. Two minutes later the combo opened their account when Paul Horan pointed. Killenaule were going well at this stage. They had a point from a free by Kieran Murphy while the same player added another from play. Unfortunately for Killenaule this was as good as it got for them. Donnacha Lonergan reduced the leeway from a free and his side drew level after twenty two minutes when Damien Mc Carthy shot a goal. A few minutes later Mc Carthy again gathered and his speculative shot went all the way to the net to put his side into a 2-2 to 1-2 lead after twenty four minutes. In the closing stages Mc Carthy completed his hat-trick when he pulled first time on a ground ball and placed it well out of the reach of the goalkeeper. Slievenamon closed the first half scoring when Lorcan Ryan found the unmarked Pádraic Hickey to send over the bar and give his side a 3-4 to 1-2 lead.
On the resumption Killenaule needed a quick goal to get back into contention. Unfortunate for them it was at the other end of the field it came when Robert Mc Cormack passed to Donnacha Lonergan who sent a bullet like shot to the net. They went on to add further points by sub Shane Gorey and Naoise O’Cuinneagain. One could say that Killenaule’s John O’Dwyer gave a man of the match display. He reduced the deficit with a pointed free. Neil Gleeson was poaching at the edge of the square and shot his side’s fifth goal as they led by 5-6 to 1-3 after forty one minutes. Pádraic Hickey added a further point for them. Killenaule then made a master switch. They sent John O’Dwyer up to full forward and he quickly made his presence felt with a goal. At the other end Donnacha Lonergan pointed for the winners. Killenaule pressed hard in the closing stages and Johnny Moroney in the Slievenamon goal made a brilliant save from O’Dwyer. In the next attack O’Dwyer was not to be denied when he shot his side’s third goal after fifty six minutes. O’Dwyer again gathered and a goal looked certain but Moroney was once again equal to the task and there was no further scoring as Slievenamon ran out winners by 5-8 to 3-4.
Best for Slievenamon were Johnny Moroney, Lorcan Ryan, Paul Horan, Naoise O’ Cuinneagain, Donnacha Lonergan, Robert Mc Cormack and Damien Mc Carthy.
For Killenaule John O’Dwyer, J J Webster, Kevin Prendergast, Anthony Guinan, Kieran Murphy and James Gleeson did best.
SLIEVENAMON: Johnny Moroney, Paul Kennedy, Darren Meagher, Damien Barry, Jason Hayes, Lorcan Ryan, Stuart Broderick, Paul Horan 0-1, Naoise O’Cuinneagain 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 1-2, Robert Mc Cormack, Pádraic Hickey 0-2, Riain O’Cuinneagain 0-1, Damien Mc Carthy 3-0 and Neil Gleeson 1-0.
SUBS: Shane Gorey 0-1 for Riain O’Cuinneagain, Richard Needham for Robert Mc Cormack, Darren Mc Carthy for Jason Hayes, Gerry Mullally for Neil Gleeson and Miceal Corcoran for Damien Barry.
KILLENAULE: Joseph O’Dwyer, David Lahart, James Carroll, Aidan Leahy, Michael Webster, John O’Dwyer 2-1, J J Webster, Kevin Prendergast, Anthony Guinan 0-1, Paudie Kennedy, Kieran Murphy 0-2, Conor Prendergast, James Gleeson, Brian Murphy and Sean Kennedy 1-0.
SUBS: Alan Burke for Aidan Leahy, Stephen Hannigan for Michael Webster and Jack O’Connell for Sean Kennedy.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
27/7/07: Next outing was against Ballingarry in Killenaule. Ballingarry started well and County minor goalie James Logue had them leading within two minutes with a pointed free. Playing at full forward Logue had a major influence on this game with his scores from placed balls. Ballingarry had two wides before Logue pointed another free to push them further ahead. Slievenamon had a wide before Shane Gorey got their first point having taken a pass from Robert McCormack. Damian McCarthy got a second point for Slievenamon. Ballingarry attacked but only yielded a wide before earning a free which James Logue pointed once again. Another Ballingarry attack forced a save from Slievenamon goalie John Moroney but Jack Fennelly was on hand to tap the rebound over the bar for a Ballingarry point. Ballingarry continued to put on the pressure and had two wides before earning another free which was pointed once again by James Logue. Ballingarry kept up the pressure and forced another save by Slievenamon goalie John Moroney but once again Jack Fennelly was waiting for the rebound which he sent to the Slievenamon net. Slievenamon dominated for the next few minutes but the Ballingarry defence were equal to the task and defended well. Another Slievenamon attack yielded a goal by Shane Gorey following some good work by Robert McCormack, Damian McCarthy and Padraic Hickey. A Slievenamon long distance free dropped into the Ballingarry square but an attacker was deemed to be in the square so Ballingarry cleared their lines with a free out. James Logue pointed a free from over sixty metres.
Following a quick puck out to Pádraic Hickey attacked and Michael Geraghty passed to Damian McCarthy who scored a goal for the combination to leave the half time score 1-6 for Ballingarry to 2-2 for Slievenamon.
The second half was less than two minutes old when Michael Geraghty won possession and passed to Damian McCarthy who shot a goal for Slievenamon. James Logue’s free for Ballingarry was deflected out for a ‘65 which was sent wide. A poor clearance in the combo defence allowed Adrian Cleere in for a Ballingarry point. Kevin Croke saved in the Ballingarry goal but his clearance was picked up by Jason Hayes who passed to Robert McCormack to take a good point for Slievenamon. The next two scores were Ballingarry points one a free from James Logue and one from play by Gerry Fitzgerald. Michael Geraghty won possession on the wing turned and shot a goal for Slievenamon. James Logue scored another point from a free for Ballingarry and Shane Gorey soloed through to take a good point for Slievenamon. Play stopped for a few minutes while first aid was administered by the medics and yellow cards were shown to players. On the resumption Ballingarry took control with a wide followed by two pointed frees by James Logue who also added a goal after coming in from the left wing. The final score was a Ballingarry point by Billy Horan while Slievenamon’s effort faded with the declining light.
Ballingarry controlled the exchanges for most of the game but will be disappointed that their defence conceded four goals while also looking for more scores from play instead of the many wides they struck. Any team trying to compete with Ballingarry must exercise much more discipline as infringements will be severely punished by Co. Minor James Logue. Slievenamon cannot expect to survive on goals alone and must create and convert many more point chances if they are to be serious contenders for South Tipp honours. The final score was 2-13 to 4-4.
Best for Ballingarry were Matt Treacy, Kevin Fitzgerald, Ciarán Shelly, Adrian Cleere, Jack Fennelly and the high scoring James Logue.
Slievenamon were best served by Eoghan McCormack, Lorcan Ryan, Shane Gorey, Damian McCarthy and Michael Geraghty.
BALLINGARRY: Kevin Croke, Brendan Brennan, Daniel Fennelly, Brian Kelly, Matthew Treacy, Kevin Fitzgerald, Danny Fitzgerald, Ciarán Shelly, Karl Rotherham, Gerry Fitzgerald, Billy Horan 0-1, Adrian Cleere 0-1, Jack Fennelly 1-1, James Logue 1-10 and Keith Shelly.
SLIEVENAMON: John Moroney, Colm Dunne, Eoghan McCormack, Damian Barry,
Paul Kennedy, Lorcan Ryan, Stuart Broderick, Robert McCormack 0-1, Jason Hayes, Shane Gorey 1-2, Paul Horan, Padraic Hickey, Donnacha Lonergan, Damian McCarthy 2-1 and Michael Geraghty 1-0.
SUB: Miceál Corcoran for Donnacha Lonergan (inj).
REFEREE: Miceál McCormack (Fethard)
30/6/07: Kilsheelan’s opening match was against Ballybacon in the “B” championship at Clonmel. This was a see-saw battle where the sides were level five times. This match had some fine passages of hurling with both sides enjoying periods of dominance. Ballybacon established a five point lead in the second quarter and went on to sustain this lead for much of the second half. During this period they shot the greater number of wides which was later to prove costly. It was in the later stages that Kilsheelan staged a comeback which did not look possible.
Kilsheelan got off to the ideal start when Donnacha Lonergan goaled after three minutes. Moments later Tony Ryan got Ballybacon off the mark with a point. Lorcan Ryan restored Kilsheelan’s one goal advantage when he pointed a free from sixty metres. This was followed by a further point from Donnacha Lonergan. Aidan Savage pulled one back for Ballybacon when he pointed from a difficult angle. After nine minutes the sides were level. Man of the match Brian Dillon instigated a move which resulted in Declan Walsh passing to Darren Sweeney to drive to the net. Kilsheelan again hit the front when James Geraghty pointed. Again the sides were level when Declan Walsh pointed a close in free. James Geraghty sent over for Kilsheelan following good work by Lorcan Ryan. Declan Walsh obliged for Ballybacon with a pointed free. After twenty minutes Kilsheelan led by 1-5 to 1-4 when Padraic Hickey sent over from a placed ball. This scoreline was to change dramatically in the next few minutes. Ballybacon’s Declan Walsh raced through the Kilsheelan defence to shoot a goal. They had a further goal from Alex Kirwan to open up a five point lead. Just before the interval James Geraghty’s speculative shot from about thirty metres went all the way to the net. At the break it was Ballybacon who were in the ascendancy by 3-4 to 2-5.
In the opening minutes of the second half Declan Walsh extended Ballybacon’s lead with a point from a free. Over the next fourteen minutes there was no further scoring as the play became somewhat scrappy. After forty eight minutes scorer-in chief Declan Walsh again pointed a free near the sideline and his side looked to have victory in their sight. Good work by Pádraic Hickey resulted in a point by Eoin Ryan. Kilsheelan upped the pace at this stage as Ryan became the dominant force and he went on to add points from play and one from a free. Kilsheelan maintained the initiative as Pádraic Hickey pointed from play and put the side’s level after fifty four minutes when he pointed a free. Extra time looked a possibility as play swung end to end with defences on top. Kilsheelan were not to be denied. When the ball dropped into the Ballybacon goalmouth Ross Larkin reacted quickest to crash the ball to the net. Ballybacon did press in injury time but Kilsheelan held out for a win by 3-9 to 3-6..
Best for Kilsheelan were Lorcan, Tommy & Eoin Ryan, Pádraic Hickey and James Geraghty.
For Ballybacon their best players were Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Brian Dillon, Tony Ryan, Alex Kirwan and Declan Walsh.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Shane Prendergast, Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Lorcan Ryan 0-1, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Twohig, Padraic Hickey 0-3, Ross Larkin 1-0, Darren Mc Carthy, Eoin Ryan 0-2, James Geraghty 1-2, Robert Henebry, Michael O’Reilly and Donnacha Lonergan 1-1.
BALLYBACON-GRANGE: Jason Coffey, Owen Mc Donagh, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Sean Costigan, Colin Morris, Brian Dillon, Colin Darmody, Tony Ryan 0-1, David Lonergan, Aidan Savage 0-1, Fergus Nugent, Darren Sweeney 1-0, Alex Kirwan 1-0, Declan Walsh 1-4 and Eoin Walsh.
REFEREE: Seamus Mullins (St Mary’s)
JUNIOR “B” HURLING
13/6/07: The first outing was against Cahir at Ned Hall Park and neither side knew what their real strength was until put to the test. As one would expect at this grade the standard was not out of the top drawer, nevertheless the participants provided a very entertaining sixty minutes plus of hurling and was played in a very sporting manner all through.
Kilsheelan’s veteran half back line of William Larkin, Michael Ryan and Pakie Larkin showed their great experience and played a big part in this victory. Upfront Adrian Walsh gave a man of the match performance and was a major threat to the losers defence especially when he ran at them. Cahir were strongest down the middle where John Gutherie and Seanie Cummins starred while full forward Robbie Costigan was most dangerous around goal. Adrian Casey and Diarmuid Tarrant also did well in this area.
Kilsheelan’s Sean Nugent had to leave the field with an injury early on. His replacement Keith Robinson was an able deputy. He along with Cahir midfielder Pat O’Brien went on to give an exhibition of freetaking.
Kilsheelan were first off the mark when Sean Nugent pointed a long distance free after three minutes. Pat O’Brien gave a taste of things to come when he pointed for Cahir from similar distance. Moments later the best point of the match came when Adrian Walsh pointed from around forty metres out at the sideline. Walsh was again involved in the best move of the match. About five passes were put together when Ross Larkin put over the bar. Cahir went on to miss a number of point chances but then hit a purple patch, or indeed one could say Robbie Costigan, he reduced the leeway when an overhead pull just skimmed over the bar and thirty seconds later he had the side’s level. He then put his side ahead for the first time when he pointed. Keith Robinson had the side’s level when he pointed after fifteen minutes. His side then went ahead when Adrian Walsh showed great persistence and was rewarded with a point. After nineteen minutes Cahir hit the front for the first time when Robbie Costigan shot to the net from close range. However, this lead was short-lived when Adrian Walsh raced through the winners defence and shot a fine goal. The same player had a further point when the Cahir defence failed to clear and at half time Kilsheelan led by 1-6 to 1-4.
When play resumed Cahir quickly wiped out this two point margin. Pat O’Brien pointed while Robbie Costigan did likewise from a Paul Lonergan pass. Kilsheelan went on to regain a lead that they never lost when the hard working Peter O’Connell pointed while Keith Robinson added a further three points from frees. This left Kilsheelan leading by four points after thirty nine minutes. Cahir stayed in touch when Pat O’Brien was twice on the mark from placed balls. At the three quarter stage Keith Robinson increased his tally from a free. Robbie Costigan had a further Cahir point when he flicked over the bar when he might have had a goal. With four minutes left on the clock Pat O’Brien, from a free, left the score 1-11 to 1-10. Both sides again went on to exchange points. Robinson from a free and Brendan English got off the mark for Cahir. A grandstand finish was now in prospect. On one occasion the ball was driven across the Kilsheelan goal but there was nobody on hand to avail of the chance. As the game moved into injury time Cahir were two points down. They got a fifty metre free, one would have thought Pat O’Brien might have dropped it into the goal area but opted to send over the bar. From the puck out they were unable to get possession and as the final whistle went Kilsheelan ran out one point winners on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-11 while Cahir can consider themselves somewhat unlucky not to have salvaged a point.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Jason Fogarty, John Larkin, John Geraghty, William Larkin, Michael Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Peter O’Connell 0-1, Ross Larkin 0-1, Adrian Walsh 1-3, Richard Crotty, Edward Sweeney, John Doolan, Sean Nugent 0-1 and Paddy Nugent.
SUBS: Keith Robinson 0-7 for Sean Nugent (inj) and Derek Kennedy for John Doolan.
CAHIR: Gary Burke, Shane Casey John Gutherie, Ritchie Gutherie, Larry Molan, Seanie Cummins, Derek Lonergan, Edmond Meehan, Pat O’Brien 0-6, Aidan Casey, Brendan English 0-1, Stephen Conran, Diarmuid Tarrant, Robbie Costigan 1-4 and Paul Lonergan 0-1.
SUBS: Paddy Regan for Stephen Conran, Martin O’Donnell for Edmond Meehan and Edmond Meehan for Paul Lonergan.
REFEREE: Victor Direen (Mullinahone)
27/6/07: Next game was against Fr Sheehy’s at Goatenbridge. For the losers they will need to win their remaining matches to stay in contention. The Kilsheelan attack combined well and worked hard for their goals even if some of them were of the soft variety. Scorer in chief was Donnacha Lonergan who showed great opportunism and finished with a tally of 4-1.
Kilsheelan were off the mark after twenty seconds. Good teamwork resulted in a point by Joe Ryan. Defences were on top before Alan Mc Grath opened Fr Sheehy’s account with a point from a free after eight minutes. Kilsheelan then hit a purple patch. Donnacha Lonergan was on the end of a long delivery and he hit a piledriver to the net. Adrian Walsh added two points before Lonergan again found the net with a ground shot to leave his side ahead by 2-3 to 0-1 after sixteen minutes. Fr Sheehy’s went on to enjoy a good period. Alan Mc Grath and Paul Noonan pointed frees. Noonan and Lonergan went on to exchange further points before the former again pointed a free. This gave Kilsheelan a half time lead of 2-4 to 0-6.
On the resumption Fr Sheehy’s needed a good start but they failed to avail of a number of chances. When play switched to the other end of the field Kilsheelan were more adept at taking theirs. Sub Robert Henebry shot a goal while Ed Sweeney had a further point. Two further goals by Donnacha Lonergan left them leading by 5-5 to 0-6 after forty three minutes. Robert Henebry from a Richard Crotty pass had a further point. The Clogheen side had their first score of the half when Paul Noonan pointed a free after fifty three minutes. In the closing stages the winners piled on the scores. Adrian Walsh pointed after a Robert Henebry pass and Richard Crotty had their sixth goal. They had a further goal when Richard Crotty’s delivery was touched to the net by sub Ross Larkin. The sequence was broken when Brendan English had Fr Sheehy’s final score. In the last couple of minutes Ed Sweeny had a goal and a point for Kilsheelan to leave his side victorious on a scoreline of 7-9 to 0-8.
Best for Kilsheelan were John Larkin, William Larkin, Jason Fogarty, Adrian Walsh, Edward Sweeney and Donnacha Lonergan.
For the Clogheen side Kevin Clarke, Alan Mc Grath, Ger Norris, Brendan English and Paul Noonan were their best players.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Michael Dempsey, John Larkin, John Geraghty, William Larkin, Michael Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Jason Fogarty, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Richard Crotty 0-1, Edward Sweeney 1-2, Jack Doolan, Joe Ryan 0-1 and Donnacha Lonergan 4-1.
SUBS: Ross Larkin 1-0 for John Larkin, Robert Henebry 1-1 for Jack Doolan, Keith Robinson for Joe Ryan, John Larkin for John Geraghty (inj) and Joe Ryan for Donnacha Lonergan.
FR SHEEHY’S: Pat Enright, John Noonan, Kevin Clarke, Seamus Murphy, James Butler, Alan Mc Grath 0-3, Henry O’Grady, Ger Norris, Liam Condon, Paul Mulcahy, Brendan English 0-1, Chris Platt, Thomas O’Donnell, David Platt and Paul Noonan 0-4.
SUBS: Brian O’Brien for Paul Mulcahy and William O’Grady for Thomas O’Donnell.
REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)
18/7/07: In the third round match at Cahir Kilsheelan took on Skeheenarinky. They put down a marker early on and had some well taken points by Michael Mc Hugh, Keith Robinson and Edward Sweeney. The latter then had his side’s only goal when he forced his way past a number of defenders to shoot to the net. John Fox had Skeheen’s first point after nine minutes. The same player followed up with a goal when he fielded a long range free by Tadgh O’Brien. Full forward Michael Mc Hugh was causing lots of problems for the Skeheen defence as his side went on to lead at half time by 1-8 to 1-3.
After the interval Kilsheelan remained in command and had points from Michael Mc Hugh, Keith Robinson and Jason Fogarty. Skeheen enjoyed a good share of the play but were unable to pierce the Kilsheelan defence who won by 1-14 to 1-6. Their only second half scores came from Michael Crotty and M J Meaney.
For Kilsheelan William & Pakie Larkin, Michael Ryan, Jason Fogarty, Keith Robinson and Michael Mc Hugh did best.
Best for Skeheen were Patrick Quinlan, Tadgh O’Brien, M J Meaney., Michael Crotty, John Fox and Eanna Meaney.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Michael Dempsey, John Larkin, Eddie O’Connell, William Larkin, Michael Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Eoin Ryan (K), Peter O’Connell, Jason Fogarty 0-3, Keith Robinson 0-4, Edward Sweeney 1-1, Robert Henebry, Michael Mc Hugh 0-6 and Ross Larkin.
SUBS: Paddy Nugent and Michael O’Reilly.
SKEHEENARINKY: Kieran O’Donovan, Eamon O’Brien, Patrick Quinlan, Pat O’Donoghue, Robert Duggan, Tadgh O’Brien 0-1, Kevin Russell, Frances Martin, M J Meaney 0-2, Michael Crotty 0-2, Noel O’Gorman, Joe Colville, James Gubbins, John Fox 1-1 and Eanna Meaney.
SUBS: Danny English, Thomas Martin, Anthony Slattery, Christopher Gubbins and Jimmy O’Donoghue.
REFEREE: Seamus Mullins (Clonmel)
In this top of the table clash at Cloneen, Ballingarry were our opponents.. Ballingarry went into this game carrying the favourites tag following easy wins in all their matches to date.
They opened brightly when Ritchie Butler pointed a free while Pat “Blondie” Ivors did likewise from a ’65. Kilsheelan opened their account with a point from play by Adrian Walsh. His side then took a surprise lead. A Keith Robinson free was deflected to the net after twelve minutes. From then onwards Ballingarry dominated with further points from Ger Fitzgerald and Sean Purcell to level the scores. They then went on to take the lead when Ritchie Butler pointed a free. Ballingarry received a setback after eighteen minutes when Joseph Ivors was red-carded. They recovered quickly from this when a long range shot from Ritchie Butler found its way to the net. The goal settled Ballingarry and they had further points from Blondie Ivors, one of which was a ’65. Ritchie Butler and Paul Cleary added points giving them a half time lead of 1-9 to 1-1. The winners also had eight wides in this half while their opponents had two which affected their overall dominance.
The second half was much more competitive with defences on both sides holding the upper hand. The winners had three further points from Ritchie Butler and one from sub Michael Fogarty. Kilsheelan did go on to enjoy a good period. They set up numerous attacks and their only reward was a point by defender William Larkin. Ballingarry closed the scoring with a point by Darren Kelly.
The Ballingarry team had strength in depth with players like Ritchie Butler, Blondie Ivors, Pat Ivors, Ger and Dan Fitzgerald catching the eye as they won by 1-14 to 1-2. Kilsheelan were well beaten on the night but to their credit kept trying until the end and were well served throughout by Jason Fogarty, Michael Ryan and William Larkin in defence while Adrian Walsh tried hard in attack.
BALLINGARRY: Kevin Croke, Daniel Fennelly, Paddy Ivors, Daniel Fitzgerald, Ger Fitzgerald 0-1, Darren Kelly 0-1, Kevin Fitzgerald 0-1, Matt Rotterham, Pat (Blondie) Ivors 0-3, Ritchie Butler 1-6, Joseph Ivors, James Maher, Sean Purcell, Noel Walsh and Paul Cleary 0-1.
SUBS: Michael Fogarty 0-1, Billy Horan, Damien Fitzgerald, Brian Kelly and John Cleere.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Michael Dempsey, Jason Fogarty, John Larkin, Pakie Larkin, Michael Ryan, William Larkin 0-1, Peter O’Connell, Eoin Ryan (K), Adrian Walsh 0-1, Richard Crotty, Edward Sweeney, Keith Robinson 1-0, Michael Mc Hugh and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUBS: Robert Henebry and Jack Doolan.
15/8/07: The final round match at Ned Hall Park was against Ballybacon-Grange. Ballybacon had first use of a sometimes strong wind and put it to good effect. They were the better side in all sectors resulting in the Kilsheelan defence coming under lots of pressure. The Ballybacon attack led by Darren Sweeney, Gavin O’Mahony and Paul Kennedy shot some delightful points and at half time they had a seven point advantage.
The second half was a different story as Kilsheelan set about reducing the deficit. Their defence dealt with anything that came their way while upfront they got a more than adequate supply of the ball but shot an alarming number of wides which was to prove costly in the end.
Ballybacon were quickly into their stride with points from Darren Sweeney (free), Alex Kirwan and Gavin O’Mahony. Kilsheelan had to wait seven minutes for their opening score when Keith Robinson pointed a free. Kilsheelan struggled to stay in touch as Ballybacon had further points from Darren Sweeney twice from frees, Paul Kennedy and two long range efforts from Aidan Savage to give them an 0-8 to 0-1 lead after sixteen minutes. This total could have been higher but for the great display at full back by Kilsheelan’s Jason Fogarty.
Kilsheelan reduced the deficit with points by Richard Crotty and Keith Robinson. Ballybacon looked set for an easy win as Gavin O’Mahony twice and Alan Ryan and Alex Kirwan added further points. Kilsheelan put in a good closing ten minutes. Two points by Keith Robinson and one from Peter O’Connell made it 0-12 to 0-6. Just on half time Ballybacon’s Paul Kennedy sent over the bar.
On the resumption Kilsheelan were a much more determined side as they set about reducing the leeway. Keith Robinson pointed a free. They continued to press but much of their good approach work was spoilt by faulty shooting. Kilsheelan introduced Joe Ryan who quickly made his presence felt when he drove home the first goal after forty one minutes. Three minutes later Ballybacon had their first score of the second half when Paul Kennedy pointed. In order to drive home their territorial advantage Kilsheelan moved William Larkin further upfield and his determined drive resulted in a point. Minutes later Larkin again got possession, passed to Adrian Walsh, who drove home a goal to leave the sides level at 0-14 to 2-8 after forty nine minutes. Kilsheelan would seem to have ceased the initiative but Ballybacon thought differently. Aidan Savage got possession and drove an unstoppable shot to the net. Kilsheelan had enough chances to get back into the game but were wide from easy positions. Ballybacon were much more economical with their chances and extended their lead further with points from Darren Sweeney and Paul Kennedy. Kilsheelan were down to fourteen players when one of their side received two yellow cards. They made light of this setback and bombarded the Ballybacon goal in the closing minutes but their only reward was a long range point by Michael Mc Hugh as Ballybacon ran out winners by four points on a scoreline of 1-16 to 2-9.
Best for Ballybacon were John Darmody, P J Lonergan, Aidan Savage, Darren Sweeney, Gavin O’Mahoney and Paul Kennedy.
For Kilsheelan Jason Fogarty, Michael Ryan, William Larkin, Adrian Walsh, Keith Robinson and Richard Crotty did best.
BALLYBACON-GRANGE: Liam Pollard, Colin Morris, John Darmody, Liam Murphy, Thomas O’Mahoney, P J Lonergan, Colin Darmody, Cathal Hennessy, Aidan Savage 1-2, Alex Kirwan 0-2, Alan Ryan 0-1, Darren Sweeney 0-4, Michael Condon, Gavin O’Mahoney 0-3 and Paul Kennedy 0-4.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Larkin, Michael Dempsey, Jason Fogarty, Robert Henebry, Pakie Larkin, Michael Ryan, William Larkin 0-1, Peter O’Connell 0-1, Adrian Walsh, Keith Robinson 0-5, Richard Crotty 0-1, Edward Sweeney, John Doolan, Michael Mc Hugh 0-1 and Paddy Nugent.
SUB: Joe Ryan 1-0 for Michael Dempsey.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
11/5/07: At rain swept Kilsheelan St Mary’s took on Kilsheelan-Kilcash in the opening round of the championship.There was very little difference between the sides in the opening ten minutes but from then on the town side were clearly the better team. Their defence, especially Declan Power, Donnacha Fahey and Brian Carroll, were rarely beaten thus ensuring their attack got plenty opportunities to make it tell on the scoreboard. Whenever the home defence committed fouls centre forward Kevin Dempsey punished them with a string of points from frees. In this area Alan Lonergan and Paudie O’Keeffe also caused lots of problems for the Kilsheelan in this area.
Kilsheelan’s defence were under enormous pressure throughout. Despite the best efforts of Jimmy Ryan and Martin Larkin they were fighting a losing battle. At centre field Brendan Butler had a promising opening half. Most of Kilsheelan’s difficulties were upfront and as their attack made very little impact.
St Mary’s were first off the mark when Kevin Dempsey pointed a free after two minutes. Three minutes later Kilsheelan were on level terms. Tommy Ryan found Brendan Butler with a pass and he pointed from half way. St Mary’s were soon ahead again when Alan Lonergan pointed after good work by Kevin Dempsey. James Geraghty again restored parity when he raced away from his marker to send over the bar. Cathal Farrell again put St Mary’s into the lead. A further point by Noel O’Mahony left them leading by 0-4 to 0-2 after twelve minutes. The Kilsheelan goal had a let off. Paudie O’Keeffe got possession only for his goal bound shot to hit the crossbar. The ball eventually went out for a ’65 which Kevin Dempsey pointed. Kilsheelan reduced arrears when Senan O’Halloran got clear to send over the bar. Further points by Paudie O’Keeffe and two from frees by Kevin Dempsey left the winners 0-8 to 0-3 clear after twenty three minutes. Kilsheelan, who had not scored for eleven minutes, had a Pádraic Hickey point and a further point from a John Roche free. Any chance of a Kilsheelan fight back was quickly snuffed out when Alan Lonergan slammed home a goal for St Mary’s. Noel O’Mahony had one of the best points of the game when he pointed from sixty metres out near the sideline. Just on half time St Mary’s were awarded a penalty and Kevin Dempsey made no mistake to give his side a commanding 2-9 to 0-5 lead at the break.
On the restart Kevin Dempsey had a point from a free. As the rain started to get heavier Kilsheelan badly needed a goal if there was to be any hope of a recovery. Unfortunately for them it was at the other end the green flag was raised. Paudie O’Keeffe again hit the crossbar but in the ensuing play Brian Mc Donnell shot to the net. After forty two minutes Kilsheelan had their only goal. They were awarded a close in free and John Roche shot through a wall of defenders. Kevin Dempsey, again from a free, had a further St Mary’s point. They were now well on top and had further points from Alan Lonergan, Kevin Dempsey (free) and Paudie O’Keeffe. Kilsheelan did have the final say when Brendan Butler sent over a consolation point from a free. In the end St Mary’s were deserving winners by 3-14 to 1-6.
ST MARY’S: Mark Tobin, Tadhg Ryan, Declan Power, Brendan Costello, Noel O’Mahony 0-2, Donnacha Fahey, Brian Carroll, Michael Feeney, David Connolly, Willie O’Regan, Kevin Dempsey 1-7, Brian Mc Donnell 1-0, Paudie O’Keeffe 0-2, Cathal Farrell 0-1 and Alan Lonergan 1-2.
SUBS: Liam Phelan for Willie O’Regan and Ger Corcoran for Paudie O’Keeffe
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, Eoin Ryan, Lorcan Ryan, Keith Condon, Brendan Butler 0-2, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 1-1, James Geraghty 0-1, Dan O’Connor and Senan O’Halloran 0-1.
SUBS: Niall Walsh for Dan O’Connor and Darren Mc Carthy for Keith Condon.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
2/6/07: At Carrick Kilsheelan took on Ballyneale The standard of hurling never reached any great heights. The wet underfoot conditions ensured that the first touch on both sides was not what it should have been. Ballyneale’s attack saw plenty of the ball and often had the Kilsheelan defence at full stretch. Martin Larkin brought stability to this area when switched from attack. Kilsheelan’s biggest problems were in attack where they made little headway. Despite being down a player they put in a good last quarter but victory never looked to be within their reach.
Kilsheelan had first use of the wind and after three minutes John Roche had the opening score for them when he pointed from half way. His side went on to apply lots of pressure over the next ten minutes but all they had to show for it was a number of costly wides which they were to rue in the end.
After fourteen minutes Ballyneale’s Enda Fogarty levelled with a point while Ian Coughlan in the Kilsheelan goal had to be alert to keep his goal intact. Ballyneale then struck a purple patch. Jonathon Downey found the unmarked Cathal Houlihan, he shot a goal to give his side a lead they never lost. Enda Fogarty added another point. Ballyneale had a further goal. Good approach work which included at least four passes ended with Darren O’Connell sending a piledriver to the net. John Roche and Enda Fogarty went on to exchange points from frees. Good work by Eoin Ryan resulted in a point by Keith Condon for Kilsheelan. Kilsheelan were hit a body blow four minutes before the interval when centre half back Tommy Ryan was sidelined and the only remaining score of the half was a pointed free by Kilsheelan’s John Roche leaving Ballyneale in the lead by 2-3 to 0-4.
When play resumed Ballyneale made the most of their numerical advantage with further points from an Enda Fogarty free and Barry Hanrahan. Eoin Ryan who put in a very determined second half performance had a Kilsheelan point after thirty eight minutes. Ballyneale went on to extend their lead further when they had points from Peter Downey and excellent defender Shane Murray and at this stage Ballyneale seemed to be coasting. They brought on Kieran Mc Guire but he had to leave the field minutes later with a recurring knee injury. Kilsheelan began to put in a more spirited effort. They had a goal after forty nine minutes when Brendan Butler found the net with a well struck ground shot. Minutes later they were awarded a free about twenty five metres out, John Roche had no choice only go for broke. The shot was stopped but Brendan Butler sent the rebound over the bar. John Roche had a pointed free to leave the score 2-7 to 1-7 after fifty seven minutes and the Ballyneale lead became somewhat precarious. In the closing minutes neither side looked like adding to their total as Ballyneale finished up deserving winners.
BALLYNEALE: Dean O’Hanlon, Willie Lambe, Michael Houlihan, James Wallace, Shane Murray 0-1, Brian Mc Carthy, Robert Murphy, Barry Hanrahan 0-1, Cathal Houlihan 1-1, Enda Fogarty 0-2, Robbie Ryan, Darren O’Connell 1-0, Paul Cahill, Peter Downey 0-2 and Jonathon Downey.
SUBS: Tom Kennedy for Jonathon Downey, Michael Munnelly for Willie Lambe, Kieran Mc Guire for Darren O’Connell and Jonathon Downey for Kieran Mc Guire.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Darren Mc Carthy, Tommy Ryan, Lorcan Ryan, John Nolan, Brendan Butler 1-1, Keith Condon 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, John Roche 0-4, Martin Larkin, Dan O’Connor and James Geraghty.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
28/6/07: Next opponents were Carrick Davin’s in Carrick. Davin’s imposed their authority from a very early stage and the only matter in doubt was what the final margin would be. Davin’s success at underage level in recent years is now paying off as many of these young players are quickly making their mark at adult level. Even allowing for the shortcomings of the opposition the Carrick side put in a very impressive performance. This was a team effort all through. Whenever they got possession there was always someone on the overlap for a pass. Under the breaking ball they were quickest to react and all this possession was put to telling effect.
For Kilsheelan this was a disappointing performance. While trying their best they lacked the all round skills and sharpness of their opponents. From the off, their defence came under immense pressure in their attempts to repulse the “red sea”. Upfront they got a good supply of ball. When they got possession they were often easily dispossessed by the close attention of a tight marking home defence.
Davins were off the mark after only ten seconds when Shane Butler sent over the bar. In their next attack Lee Mackey laid off to Luke Foran to double their lead. Kilsheelan looked like taking a surprise lead when Dan O’Connor latched onto a sideline delivery but it went narrowly wide. The winners had a further point from Ritchie Mc Grath. After thirteen minutes they had their first goal. Paul Tobin’s shot for goal was stopped only for Shane Butler to drive home the rebound. Kilsheelan’s opening score came when John Roche pointed from a Brendan Butler pass. Incidentally the latter is a former Davin player and brother of Shane.
Things went from bad to worse for Kilsheelan when Paul Tobin had a further goal. At the other end Kilsheelan had no such luck when the ball invitingly came back off the post but there was no one there to avail of it. For the remainder of the half Davins had a succession of points from Ritchie Mc Grath, Conor Arrigan, Paul Tobin, Shane Butler and John Murphy while Kilsheelan’s only other score was a point by John Roche to leave the score at half time 3-10 to 0-2.
On the restart Ritchie Mc Grath and sub Noel Butler had points at the other end Senan O’Halloran sent over the bar. After thirty nine minutes Kilsheelan had their goal. Good work by Pádraic Hickey resulted in Brendan Butler breaching the Carrick defence. Davins continued to have the upperhand with points from Shane and Noel Butler, Luke Foran, Pa Harris and John Murphy. Kilsheelan’s only reply was two points from John Roche, one of them a fine effort out near the sideline as they were beaten by 3-19 to 1-5.
Best for Davins, who hardly had a weak link in their side, were Michael Hackett, Lee Mackey, Willie O’Dwyer, Ritchie Mc Grath, Shane Butler and Paul Tobin.
For Kilsheelan Ian Coughlan, Jimmy Ryan, Lorcan Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan and John Roche did best.
CARRICK DAVINS: James Waters, Jonathon Coady, Michael Hackett, Ian O’Dwyer, Lee Mackey, Willie O’Dwyer, Stephen Cronin, Ritchie Mc Grath 0-3, Conor Arrigan 0-1, Eoin Power, Luke Foran 0-2, Michael Cronin, Shane Butler 1-5, Paul Tobin 2-1 and John Murphy 0-3.
SUBS: Pa Harris 0-2 for Conor Arrigan, Noel Butler 0-2 for Paul Tobin, Jim Walsh for Luke Foran and Adrian Ryan for Noel Butler.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Darren Mc Carthy, Lorcan Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Brendan Butler 1-0, Eoin Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, John Roche 0-4, Keith Condon, Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Dan O’Connor and James Geraghty.
SUBS: John Nolan for Colm Sweeney.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
13/7/07: The next round was against Fr Sheehys. The story of the game is that they made hard work of putting away a very dogged Kilsheelan challenge and it was only in the last quarter that they pulled away and stamped their authority on the game.
Playing with greater fluency throughout, Fr. Sheehy’s seemed determined to reverse the ten point drubbing they got from Kilsheelan-Kilcash in last years group stage. They set about the task in earnest right from the throw in, and although playing against the breeze they shot into a three point lead. Conor Durack pointed, within thirty seconds when he drove the ball over the bar from sixty metres, then Liam Fleming sent one over from thirty metres out, near the left sideline and Owen Myers added the third from a sixty five metre free. It took Kilsheelan seven minutes to register their first score, a “65” from Eoin Ryan after the Fr. Sheehy full back line failed to deal with a long delivery and scrambled the ball over their own end line. With Fr Sheehy’s half-back line settling well into the game a plentiful supply of ball was going to their forwards and Pat Mulcahy sent over their fourth point in the seventh minute after good work by Liam Fleming and Pat Fitzgerald. Almost immediately Kilsheelan replied with a pointed free by John Roche after a foul on Niall Walsh. Owen Myers scored his second and Fr. Sheehy’s fifth from another long range free in the tenth minute to restore their three point lead.
In the eighteenth minute Lorcan Ryan dropped a long free into the Fr. Sheehy square, again the full-back line failed to clear the danger and Darren McCarthy pounced to drill the loose ball to the back of the net to level the scores.
But that was to be Kilsheelan’s last score of the half as Fr. Sheehy’s, tightened up around the midfield and began to dictate the pattern of the game. They went on to add three more points before the break but this was a poor enough return for the dominance they enjoyed as they found it very difficult to penetrate the Kilsheelan rearguard. Liam Fleming did put Fr. Sheehy’s ahead however; with a well-worked point in the nineteenth minute and five minutes later Owen Myers pointed a thirty metre free after a foul on Paul McGrath. Just before the break Owen, again put three points between the sides with a ‘65 after Jimmy Ryan blocked Pat Fitzgerald’s goal bound shot out over the end line. Going in at half time Fr Sheehy’s led by 0-8 to 1-2.
Kilsheelan needed a good start to the second half and they got it when, straight from the throw in, Eoin Ryan ran through the Fr. Sheehy defence for a point to reduce the deficit to two. Liam Fleming responded immediately with a point from fifty metres after taking a pass from Richie McGrath. John Roche cut the lead to two again with a pointed free in the third minute but Conor Durack replied straight away with a point from the right wing. With Eoin Ryan in inspired form at midfield for Kilsheelan in the second half the game became a more even contest and the Fr. Sheehy defence came under more pressure. But centre-back Liam O’Connor stepped up to the challenge and in the thirty fifth minute sent over a mighty point from well inside his own half to open up a four point gap between the teams.
Kilsheelan were enjoying their best spell of the game and Niall Walsh, now operating at full forward, sent over their fifth point to reduce the leeway to three again. Fr. Sheehy’s responded with Liam O’Connor intercepting a Kilsheelan move to fire over the bar from seventy metres and Pat Fitzgerald added another to open a 0-13 to 1-5 lead and Kilsheelan looked as if the game was slipping away from them.
But they responded brilliantly with three unanswered points, Martin Larkin pointed a fifty metre free in the forty second minute before John Roche doubled on a long delivery from Lorcan Ryan a minute later and when John pointed a free in the forty seventh minute there was just two points between the sides.
But as was the case in the first half, Kilsheelan were to fail to score for the last fifteen minutes as Fr. Sheehy’s re-imposed themselves on the game. An Emmet O’Brien point in the forty eight minute seemed to boost their confidence. They upped the tempo and added five more points in the remaining ten minutes. Owen Myers sent over a seventy metre free in the fifty first minute. Pat Fitzgerald pointed to stretch the lead to five, two minutes later. Owen Myers pointed a “65” as the game approached injury time and two excellent points from play by Emmet O’Brien and Owen Myers sealed the win for Fr. Sheehy’s as they ran out comfortable winners on a 0-19 to 1-8 score line.
This was Fr Sheehy’s best display to date and was built on a solid half back line performance combined with greater teamwork throughout the field. They were well served by Michael Myles, Liam O’Connor, Declan English, Emmet O’Brien, Richie McGrath, Liam Fleming and Conor Durack.
Despite the best efforts of Jimmy Ryan, Martin Larkin, Lorcan Ryan, John Roche and Eoin Ryan in particular, Kilsheelan suffered their fourth defeat in four outings. This must cast doubt on their chances of reaching the semi-finals.
FR SHEEHY’S: Brendan Walsh, John Sweeney, John Corbett, Eoin Flynn, Michael Myles, Liam O’Connor 0-2, Declan English, Emmet O’Brien 0-2, Richie McGrath, Conor Durack 0-2, Liam Fleming 0-2, Owen Myers 0-8 , Paul McGrath, Pat Fitzgerald 0-2, Pat Mulcahy 0-1.
SUBS: Alan McGrath for Eoin Flynn, Frank Wyse for Paul McGrath and Jim Keaty for Pat Mulcahy.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin 0-1, Lorcan Ryan, Niall Walsh 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Brendan Butler, Padraic Hickey, John Roche 0-4, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Darren McCarthy 1-0, Dan O’Connor, Keith Condon.
REFEREE: Pa Shelley (Killenaule).
22/7/07: Ballybacon Grange and Kilsheelan met in the fifth round at Ned Hall Park. Conditions were good for this match. Kilsheelan started well but were unable to convert their chances to scores. Full forward John Roche opened the scoring with a good point from play. Ballybacon’s full forward Sean Maher won the puck out and laid off the ball to Johnny English to score after ten minutes. Brian Dillon was wide for Ballybacon. Sean Phelan then won good possession and his high shot towards the goal dropped short and was pulled on by Declan Walsh to score a good goal for Ballybacon. Brendan Cummins scored a long range free after Brian Dillon was fouled.
Declan Walsh was wide with a scoring chance before Brian Lonergan passed to Johnny English to score a point. Ballybacon were getting on top around the middle of the field and Michael Phelan passed to Sean Maher to put the ball over the bar. Kilsheelan were awarded a free from centre field and the ball was sent into the Ballybacon goal area and finished to the net with a ground stroke by Naoise O Cuinneagain. There were now three points between the teams at 1-4 to 1-1.Kieran Walsh was on target for Ballybacon with a point. Kilsheelan were well in the game and John Roche added another point while Sean Maher scored Ballybacon’s sixth point of the first half. Kilsheelan were attacking coming up to half time and Eoin Ryan scored their third point. Brian Dillon put four points between the teams at the break with his side leading b y 1-7 to 1-3.
Ballybacon stepped up a gear at the start of the second half with Johnny English scoring a point from a free and another from play this was followed by points from play by Brian Dillon, Michael English who had replaced Sean Maher, Johnny English and Declan Walsh. John Roche kept Kilsheelan’s hopes alive with a point from a 20m free. Ballybacon kept up the pressure with Nigel Carrigan replacing Thomas Walsh and Tony Ryan scoring a point after replacing Craig Carrigan. Martin Ryan replaced Johnny English and points followed from Michael Phelan from a free, and two from Brian Dillon and Michael English and Declan Walsh finished the scoring with a point for Ballybacon as they went on to victory on a scoreline of 1-22 to 1-4.
The first half was good and competitive but the second half was disappointing with both teams missing good scoring chances and losing possession too easily. There were very few goal scoring chances created with little pressure on both goalkeepers. Ian Coughlan in the Kilsheelan goal made a good save from Sean Phelan’s goal bound shot in the second half. Many attempts at scoring were dropping into the goalkeepers hands at both sides. Ballybacon did enough on the night to secure a victory but will be aware that stiffer tests lie ahead. Kilsheelan will have to re-group for their last two matches and hope to gain some points.
BALLYBACON-GRANGE: Brendan Cummins 0-1, Thomas Walsh, Thomas Maher, Brendan Walsh, Diarmuid O Sullivan, Brian Condon, Brian Lonergan, Johnny English 0-6, Michael Phelan 0-1, Brian Dillon 0-4, Kieran Walsh 0-1, Sean Phelan 0-3, Declan Walsh 1-2, Sean Maher 0-2 and Craig Carrigan
SUBS: Tony Ryan 0-1 for Craig Carrigan, Michael English 0-2 for Sean Maher, Nigel Carrigan for Thomas Walsh and Martin Ryan for Johnny English
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, Lorcan Ryan, Niall Walsh, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Brendan Butler, Padraic Hickey, Niall Walsh, Naoise O Cuinneagain 1.0, John Nolan, John Roche 0-3 and Senan O Halloran.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield)
The last match was to have been against Fethard but as both sides were out of contention it was not played.