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Senior Hurling Championship - Round 2A 2017-07-16 21:53:00

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship, Round 2A

Lixnaw 3-19        Ballyduff 1-16

In a game that will be best remembered for the high level of marksmanship, particularly from Ballyduff’s Padraig Boyle, Lixnaw it was who secured themselves a semi final place following a fine second half performance.

Ballyduff got the better start with three points in the first five minutes but in the 10th minute James Flaherty got in behind their defence to score Lixnaws first goal and the sides were on level terms at the end of the first quarter 1-3 to 0-6. Michael Conway added two points and then Shane Conway availed of a mixup in the Ballyduff goalmouth to put his side 2-5 to 0-7 in front by the 22nd minute. Ballyduff – and the game – needed a goal and Padraig Boyle supplied it when he finished to the net after Gary O’Brien came in along the endline two minutes later. At the break it was 2-8 to 1-9 for the winners.

The sides swapped points three times on the resumption and then in a good spell for Lixnaw, the winners scored 1-3 without reply, the goal from Jason Wallace after the ball broke behind the Ballyduff cover at the three quarter stage to put Lixnaw 3-14 to 1-12 in front. Padraig Boyle from play and placed balls did his best to stem the Lixnaw tide but even his outstanding contribution of 1-14 (7 frees, 2 65s)was not enough to prevent Lixnaw getting a semi final place. Michael Conway with 10 points (7 frees) was Lixnaw’s chief marksman.

Scorers: Lixnaw: Michael Conway 0-10 (7 frees), Shane Conway 1-5, James Flaherty 1-2, Jason Wallace 1-0, Cathal Sheehy and Ricky Heffernan 0-1 each. Ballyduff: Padraig Boyle 1-14 (7 frees, 2 65s, David Goulding and John Hussey 0-1 each.