Garvey's SuperValu SHC Rd 1 Match Reports
Conway grabs late winner for Lixnaw
Kilmoyley 1-12 Lixnaw 0-16
By Murt Murphy
In a game that lacked real championship intensity, it was fitting that its most skilful player Shane Conway should point Lixnaw into the second round as winners, and condemn Kilmoyley to the more precarious losers route, after the opening round game of this year’s Garvey’s SuperValu SHC played at the Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening.
It was game that Lixnaw looked the most likely winners from the outset but Kilmoyley hung in there and when Daniel Collins drilled an injury time close in free to the net, it looked as if extra time was on the cards. But Cometh the hour, cometh the man and from the puck-out Ricky Heffernan was fouled out of the left wing and Shane Conway was unerring , sending the free between the posts for the winning point.
It was a tight contest throughout with Colin Sheehy and Shane Conway (free) giving Lixnaw an early advantage as Kilmoyley were slow to settle and they did not open their account until the 9th minute when Daniel Collins converted a free and added three more as Kilmoyley led 0-4 to 0-3 by the 18th minute, with Shane Conway replying for Lixnaw who then proceeded to shoot three wides in a row.
Despite the fact that there appeared to be very little bite on the contest referee Fergal Horgan was brandishing quite a few yellow cards, eight in total, as Daniel Collins from play ( twice ) and Jordan Brick gave Kilmoyley a 0-7 to 0-4 lead, but they also shot three wides in a row.
Lixnaw finished the half the stronger as Kilmoyley were guilty of giving away needless frees and Shane Conway converted two on the trot as Kilmoyley retired 0-7 to 0-6 in front at half time but was it going to be enough as Lixnaw had the wind in the second half.
The impressive Shane McElligott levelled early in the second half for Lixnaw and again Kilmoyley were not sharp as they shot two more wides before Conway and Collins swapped frees. Lixnaw were starting to get on top, with Darragh Shanahan, John Griffin, Shane McElligott, Ricky Heffernan and Shane Conway all making major contributions but despite two points from Conway ( one play) and a fine effort from Heffernan, they could never shake off Kilmoyley despite leading 0-11 to 0-8 midway through the half.
Points from Jordan Brick and two Daniel Collins levelled the contest by the 51st minute and then Jordan Brick fired Kilmoyley in front and suddenly it appeared as if Kilmoyley with Dougie Fitzell and Tom Murnane driving them forward might go on and win this game.
However Lixnaw finished the stronger Shane Conway with 0-3 and Ricky Heffernan with a point saw them on the cusp of victory leading 0-15 to 0-12 as the clock ticked into three minutes of injury time.
Kilmoyley were awarded a close in free and Daniel Collins had little option but to try for goal and it was brilliantly saved. Then in the final minute another close in free for Kilmoyley and Daniel Collins this time levelled the contest low to the corner of the net.
But there was time for one last attack as Martin Stackpoole launched the puck-out down towards Ricky Heffernan who appeared to be the meat on the sandwich between two Kilmoyley defenders on the dugout side of the pitch and Fergal Horgan had no doubt as he blew for a Lixnaw free. Very few doubted that Shane Conway would not drill it between the sticks which he did and Lixnaw had escaped to victory and Kilmoyley could end up facing strong opponents in the losers round.
KILMOYLEY: John B O’Halloran; Seán Nolan, Colman Savage, Seanie Murnane; Robert Collins, Dougie Fitzell, Tom Murnane; James Godley, Flor McCarthy; Donal Kennedy, Daniel Collins ( 1-9, 1-7 frees) , Jordan Brick ( 0-3) ; Maurice O’Connor, Seán Maunsell,, Joseph McElligott
Subs: John Godley for Seán Nolan (47), John Redmond for Flor McCarthy (51)
LIXNAW: Martin Stackpoole; Darragh McElligott, Stephen Power, Jonathon Silles: Gerard Stackpoole, Darragh Shanahan, Brendan Brosnan; John Griffin, Shane McElligott ( 0-1) ; Raymond Galvin, Ricky Heffernan( 0-2) , Colin Sheehy ( 0-1) ; Shane Conway ( 0-12, 9 frees), Jason Wallace, James Flaherty
Subs: Michael Conway for Colin Sheehy (52), Jeremy McKenna for Jason Wallace (57)
Referee; Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Champions Ballyduff showing early signs that they mean business again
Ballyduff 4-19 Abbeydorney 3-7
There was an air of inevitability about this meeting of champions Ballyduff and title pretenders Abbeydorney from the very outset in the second game of a SHC double header played at the Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening
Abbeydorney somehow managed to stay in the game until a minute into the second half when a Nigel Roche goal with his first touch after coming on, closed the gap to two points (1-10 to 2-5) but once Mikey Boyle soared into the clouds and fired over a superb point a minute later, Ballyduff exploded into action and added 3-8 for the rest of the half putting Abbeydorney to the sword.
Ballyduff are traditionally slow starters in the championship but this year they have laid down an early marker with a performance of deadly finishing, tremendous teamwork, resolute defence with a few blemishes but they looked sharp and that could spell trouble for the rest.
Abbeydorney even without Michael O’Leary were tactically naive, they changed their formation around compared to the program and they really were in big trouble at the back because Ballyduff’s side trio wiped them out, scoring 4-15 between them. A Fully fit Kieran Dineen, a great Abbeydorney servant would have meant a contest with Padraig Boyle but Kieran Dineen with an ankle injury picked up last week playing with Na Gaeil, meant Podge went to town.
Aidan Boyle was unmarkble at the edge of the square once Ballyduff played in the high ball (which they failed to do for periods in the game) scoring a hat-trick of goals, two put on a plate by brother Padraig. Jack Goulding was deadly in the right corner with his searing pace scoring 1-5 from play and Abbeydorney simply had no answers.
It was also a game of three missed penalties, with Podge Boyle missing two, one saved by Brian O’Donovan and the other drilled wide while O’Donovan himself travelled up field to take one in the second half but PJ O’Gorman saved his well struck effort.
Ballyduff had five rapid points on the board by the 9th minute from Podge Boyle (4) and one from his cousin Daniel O’Carroll before Abbeydorney got going. Mikey Boyle was fetching some great ball at midfield and John Hussey, Paud Costello and Jack O’Sullivan was ensuring that the Ballyduff inside line was getting plenty ball.
Michael Slattery of Stacks and Kerry minor football fame along with David Egan looked the only scoring threats for Abbeydorney while James O’Connor was also trying very hard.
Points from David Egan, Stevie O’Sullivan ( free), and James O’Connor left the score 0-6 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter and after Podge Boyle’s two penalty misses, all Ballyduff had to show for it was an extra Jack Goulding point.
Then Abbeydorney hit a purple patch and levelled the contest thanks to Michael Slattery point and a P J Keane goal set up by Slattery but that was as good as it got for the underdogs.
Ballyduff resumed control coming up to half time and a 28th minute Aidan Boyle goal followed by two Podge Boyle points, saw Ballyduff retire with a comfortable 1-10 to 1-5 lead and with the wind in the second half, one feared for Abbeydorney.
Nigel Roche was introduced for the second half and his first touch saw him find the Ballyduff net but it was a mere mirage as Mikey and Podge Boyle fired over two beauties , Jack Goulding with two and when John Hussey and Paul O’Carroll made it 1-16 to 2-5 by the 42nd minute, some patrons were heading for the exits.
The final quarter saw Ballyduff pull clear Aidan Boyle adding goals in the 48th and 50th minutes from Podge assists , Jack Goulding scored another as Ballyduff ran their bench with Michael Slattery setting up David Egan for a late Abbeydorney consolation.
Teams and Scorers:
BALLYDUFF: P J O’Gorman; Thomas Slattery, Padraig O’Grady, Anthony O’Grady; David Goulding, Paud Costello, Eoin Ross; John Hussey ( 0-1) , Mikey Boyle ( 0-1) : Jack O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Carroll ( 0-1) , Paul O’Carroll ( 0-1) ; Jack Goulding ( 1-5) , Aidan Boyle ( 3-0) , Padraig Boyle ( 0-10, 4 frees, 1 ’65)
Subs: Darren O’Connor for Thomas Slattery (37), Padraig Harrington for Aidan Boyle (52), Maurice Dowling for David Goulding (55), Chris Whyte for Paul O’Carroll (58), Michael Hussey for Padraig O’Grady (58)
ABBEYDORNEY: Brian Donovan; Niall Mahoney, Stephen Egan, Kieran Dineen; Steven O’Connor, Aidan Healy, Brian Healy; Stevie O’Sullivan ( 0-1 free) , James O’Connor ( 0-1) ; Brendan O’Leary ( 0-1) , P J Keane(1-0) , Michael Hanafin; David Egan (1-1) , Ronan Donovan, Michael Slattery ( 0-3)
Subs: Nigel Roche (1-0) for Michael Hanafin (h/t), Adam Maunsell for Ronan Donovan (49)
Referee: David Copps (Cork)
Causeway put the Ghosts of losses to St Brendan’s to rest with hard earned win
Causeway 0-19 St Brendan’s 0-15
By Murt Murphy
A strong finish by Causeway saw them reverse recent championship results with St Brendans in the final opening round SHC game played at the Austin Stack Park on Sunday afternoon. It was a real championship game with Causeway thanks to the accuracy of Brandon Barrett from placed ball always looking the most likely winners but St Brendans defended tenaciously and closed the gap to just a point ( 0-15 to 0-14) with ten minutes left.
Questions were now being asked of Causeway who have left games slip in the past that they should have won but this team has all the qualities one associates with one trained by Maurice Leahy and they finished strongly outscoring St Brendans 0-4 to 0-1 to advance to the winners round, while St Brendans will have to take the scenic route.
Causeway exploded from traps and raced 0-5 to 0-1 clear inside the opening ten minutes thanks to three Brandon Barrett frees, and points from play from Bryan Murphy who was playing on the forty and another from Stephen Murphy. John Egan got St Brendans sole reply.
Causeway were hurling well with Muiris Delaney, Tommy Barrett and Jason Diggins superb at the back while Jason Leahy and Brandon Barrett were providing good ball to their forwards but they were finding the going tough against a Rory Horgan inspired defence.
St Brendans problems were in attack where only John Egan looked capable of unlocking the Causeway defence though Daithí Griffin looked very dangerous whenever he got possession.
John Egan converted a free for St Brendans in the 10th minute and after Bryan Murphy who had a very good first half in attack fired over his second point, St Brendans countered with two Daithí Griffin points, a superb John Egan effort but Brandon Barrett with a fine effort from play and another from a ’65 , kept Causeway 0-8 to 0-6 in front as Eric Leen was put through by Daithí Griffin for a superb St Brendans point.
St Brendans with Darren Dineen a driving force were on level terms thanks to points from Fionan MacKessey and Daithí Griffin and took the lead 0-9 to 0-8 thanks to Brendan O’Connor in the 23rd minute.
This was high octane hurling continued until half time as Joseph Diggins one of eight sets of brothers on the Causeway squad, levelled with a neat effort but Causeway had shot six wides at this stage and were playing with the wind.
Kerry Camogie trainer Anthony Fealy who was playing at wing forward then fired over the lead point before Brandon Barrett and Brendan O’Connor swapped points and it was left to Brandon Barrett from a free after Jason Leahy was felled to send Causeway 0-12 to 0-11 in front at half time and stage looked set for a thrilling second half.
St Brendans almost found the net within a minute of the resumption but Jason Diggins took the ball off the line and Jason Leahy converted a free as Causeway began to look the better side. Leahy added two more points but St Brendans refused to buckle with Stephen Leen outstanding at the back.
Two John Egan points closed the gap to two as Causeway lost their way and it took some great defending by the imposing Muiris Delaney, the excellent Jason Diggins who kept a close eye on Cian Hussey while Evan Murphy and Tommy Barrett were clearing their lines with regularity.
Mark Murphy was fortunate to stay on the field as he picked up a yellow and was soon called ashore as Billy Lyons came in to shadow John Egan. Egan closed the gap to a point and the fat was in the fire with 13 minutes left. Jason Leahy and John Egan swapped wides but Causeway though still wasting chances added two points from Brandon Barrett but also two wides might have proved costly against a side with a more potent attack.
John Egan dropped in a free but Delaney cleared while Jason Diggins was also inspirational at this stage as St Brendans threw everything at Causeway but it was Causeway with Keith Carmody ( came on to steady the ship) winning vital ball who scored two late points from Jason Leahy and Brandon Barrett to escape to a four point win .
Teams and Scorers:
CAUSEWAY: Tadhg Flynn; Mark Murphy, Muiris Delaney; Anthony Fealy ( 0-1), Tommy Barrett, Jason Diggins; Jason Leahy ( 0-4, 2’65’s, 1 free), Brandon Barrett ( 0-11, 8 frees, 1 ’65); Sean Leahy, Bryan Murphy ( 0-2), Stephen Murphy ( 0-1); Gavin Dooley, Gearoid Mahoney, Joseph Diggins ( 0-1)
Subs: Dan Goggin for Gavin Dooley (35), Keith Carmody for Stephen Murphy (42), Colum Harty for Sean Leahy (47), Billy Lyons for Mark Murphy (50)
ST BRENDANS; Darren Delaney; Daniel Finnegan ( 0-1), Rory Horgan, Stephen Leen; Padraig Kearney, Kevin Hanafin, Kevin Open; Darren Dineen, Eric Leen ( 0-1); Cian Hussey, Tom Moloney, David Griffin ( 0-3); Brendan O’Connor ( 0-2), Fionnán Mackessy ( 0-1), John Egan ( 0-7, 3 frees)
Subs: Killian Wolff for Padraig Kearney (45), Kieran Fitzgerald for Killian Wolff (63)
Referee: Mike Sexton (Limerick)
Nolan steers Crotta to victory as three players see red
Crotta O’Neill’s 1-15 Ballyheigue 1-9
By Murt Murphy
The opening game on Sunday afternoon between Crotta O’Neill’s and Ballyheigue never reached any great heights in terms of the standard of hurling and it took Crotta O’Neill’s a long time to put Ballyheigue away.
In the final analysis Shane Nolan was the difference between the sides in what was at times a bad tempered encounter with three red cards. Diarmuid Walsh was first to go in the 35th minute for some off the ball shenanigans with Tomás O’Connor while Jason Casey and Jack Twomey saw red in the 48th minute and really it was all unnecessary.
Crotta O’Neill’s huffed and puffed in the opening half and despite five wides they led 0-9 to 0-7 at half time with Ballyheigue battling and working hard throughout the field.
Crotta led 0-7 to 0-3 in the opening twenty minutes as Ballyheigue wasted chance after chance, with a tally of six wides. Shane Nolan shot five of Crotta’s points; Jordan Conway also looked good while Barry O’Mahony ensured a stressful hour for his dad on the opposing sideline. Diarmuid Walsh converted two frees for Ballyheigue while Philip Lucid also fired over two, one from play and one from a free.
Barry O’Mahony scored Crotta’s final point of the half while Kevin Reidy and a superb Philip Lucid effort saw Ballyheigue only trail by 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval but they were guilty of some rank bad shooting amassing a first half total of nine wides.
Very little of note happened in the opening twenty minutes of the second half save the three red cards with Darragh Kennelly being only Crotta scorer other than Shane Nolan while Ballyheigue added just two Philip Lucid frees but nothing from play.
Shane Nolan then added three more points to see Crotta slip five clear by the 56th minute but a Philip Lucid goal in the 59th minute closed the gap to two . However minutes later Jordan Conway found the net and Barry O’Mahony closed the scored to give Crotta O’Neill’s a six point win but both sides must show vast improvement if they are to be in the championship shake-up later in the summer.
Teams and Scorers:
CROTTA O’NEILL’S: Adam O’Sullivan; Jack Twomey, Sean Weir, Eamon Rohan ; Tom McElligott, Tomás O’Connor, Richard Nolan; Barry Mahony ( 0-2) , Darragh Kennelly ( 0-1) ; Padraig Quille, Jordan Conway ( 1-1) , Mike Lynch; Darragh O’Donoghue, Shane Nolan ( 0-10, 5 frees, 2 ‘65’s ) , Raymond Nolan ( 0-1)
Subs: Sean O’Donoghue for Mike Lynch (24), Thomas Quinlan for Darragh Kennelly (59)
BALLYHEIGUE; John Mike Pierce; Padraig Behan, Michael Leane, Brendan Walsh; Mark Dineen, Damien Casey, Colin Mahony; Tommy O’Connor, Diarmuid Walsh ( 0-2 frees) ; Jason Casey, Philip Lucid( 1-5, 3 frees) , Danny Casey; Gary Galway, Ronan Kenny ( 0-1) , Kevin Reidy ( 0-1) .
Subs: Mikey O’Halloran for Brendan Walsh (40), Conor Galway for Ronan Kenny (44), Sean Colgan for Kevin Reidy (48)
Referee: Cathal MacAllister (Cork)