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Senior Hurling Championship - Round 1 2017-07-08 21:47:00

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship Round 1

Ballyduff 0-13 Abbeydorney 0-12

After what can only be described as a poor game of hurling, a point a minute into injury time by Mikey Boyle gave Ballyduff victory over an Abbeydorney side who deserved extra time at least for the effort they put in against the starting favourites in the final Round 1 game of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship at Austin Stack Park this evening.

The story of the first half is easily told: Both sides swapped points twice in the first seven minutes and then we had to wait until the 22nd minute for the next score, a Padraig Boyle free, his second, to put Ballyduff ahead. Points by James O’Connor and a Nigel Roche free put O’Dorney a point to the good at the break; 4 points to 3. Ballyduff had amassed 8 wides by the interval; O’Dorney half of that total.

The scoring improved in the second half – it had to! Nigel Roche extended O’Dorney’s lead from a free and play but Padraig Boyle responded likewise and then the same two swapped frees to leave O’Dorney a point to the good, 7 to 6 by the 37th minute.

Then a good run by Ronan Donovan ended with a penalty to O’Dorney but Ballyduff had a let off when Nigel Roche struck to the right and wide. The sides swapped points twice again with Roche picking off a lovely point from play and Padraig Boyle doing likewise from distance for Ballyduff and it was 9 to 7 at the three quarter stage. Ballyduff then hit three on the trot from the Boyles , Padraig (2 frees) and Aidan but back came O’Dorney with two from James O’Connor to level it up once again. Aidan Boyle and David Egan then swapped points as extra time loomed but in stepped Mike Boyle at the death to win it for Ballyduff.

Scorers: Ballyduff: Padraig Boyle 0-6 (4 frees), John Hussey, Aidan Boyle and Mikey Boyle 0-2 each, David Goulding 0-1. O’Dorney: Nigel Roche 0-6 (4 frees), James O’Connor 0-3, David Egan, Brian O’Leary and Ronan Donovan 0-1 each.