Kildorrery 2-16 v 3-10 Ballygarvan
Our Intermediaate hurlers got their 2016 championship campaign off to a great start with a hard-earned three point victory over a fancied Ballygarvan side, at Watergrasshill, last Saturday evening. The final score-line read Kildorrery 2-16 Ballygarvan 3-10.
Ballygarvan got off to a great start, scoring their opening point from the throw-in. However, Kildorrrery replied immediately, when Finbarr Stapleton collected the resultant puck-out and after a tremendous run down the left flank, buried the ball in the Ballygarvan net.
Both sides were off target with their efforts, before Ballygarvan had theirsecond point. Peter O’Brien pointed a free, before Ballygarvan had two on the trot, from play, but Peter added another and at the end of the quarter, Kildorrery led 1-2 to 0-4. David Kelly (2) and Finbarr Stapleton kept Kildorrery 1-5 to 0-4 ahead with twenty two minutes played.
Kildorrery conceded two frees which were converted before the losers got through for the first of their three goals in the twenty-eighth minute, to go into the lead by the minimum. On the stroke of normal time Stevie Coughlan sent over the leveller and at the break the sides were level at 1-6 apiece.
After the restart, two points from Peter O’Brien frees and one from a free to Ballygarvan saw Kildorrery ahead 1-8 to 1-7 after only five minutes of the half. Kildorrery were now in determined mood and went on to play their best hurling in this half.
James O’Sullivan and Peter (free) had put three points between the sides before Ballygarvan got through for their second goal in the fortieth minute and they followed with a point from the resultant puck-out. But their lead was short-lived, because Stevie Coughlan got through for Kildorrery’s second goal, a minute later. Peter added two more points.
Peter and Finbarr pushed Kildorrery into a 2-14 to 2-9 lead with just two minutes of normal time remaining. Again, Bally replied with a point and James O’Sullivan and Peter had one each , but in the fourth minute of injury time Ballygarvan got through for their third goal but it was the last score of the game and Kildorrery were through to the next round.
This was a most heart-warming all-round performance from Kildorrery against a physically stronger side and they must be complimented for their courage and determination.
Team and scorers: James McEniry, Sean Kelly, Shane Fitzgerald, Niall Kelly, Tom Monaghan, Michael Walsh, John Howard, Jerry McCarthy, James O’Sullivan 0-2, Eamonn O’Connor, William Fouhy, Stevie Coughlan 1-1, Finbarr Stapleton 1-2, Peter O’Brien 0-9(0- 6fs), David Kelly 0-2. Subs. Jamie O’Gorman for Jerry McCarthy (blood), Jamie O’Gorman for T.Monaghan, Dylan Kent for Stevie Coughlan, Cormac O’Baoill for J.McCarthy.
FERMOY V KILWORTH
On this Saturday evening, Kildorrery hosts the premier intermediate hurling championship first round between neighbours Fermoy and Kilworth. The game is timed for 7.30 p.m.
All available members are asked to turn up for stewarding duties no later than 6.15 p..m.
Friday May 27 th Intermediate football league V Mitchelstown at Kildorrery 8 p.m.
Tuesday May 31 st . Cavanagh’s Fermoy Div 2 Football league V Clyda Rovers at Kildorrery 7.45p.m.
The Club’s fortnightly lotto draw will be held this Saturday night, at Sheahan’s Hilltop Lounge, when the jackpot will be €5,000.
At last Monday’s weekly meeting votes of sympathy were passed to the O’Brien family, Kilclooney on the death of Nora’s father and to the family and relatives of former G.A.A. Uachtaran, Joe McDonagh , on their recent bereavements.
Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anamacha.
The Avondhu, 26th May 2016