JJ KAVANAGH AND SONS COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL
BALLYGUNNER 0-23 DUNGARVAN 1-11
Fielding at full strength for the first time in this championship season defending nine in a row
champions Ballygunner showed that they are now up for serious business with the championship
now in the knockout stages as they faced Dungarvan in Carrickneg on Saturday last. With Ian Kenny
and Barry Coughlan back in defence and Kevin Mahony moving back into the attack there would be
no more experimenting as a battling, but outplayed, Dungarvan side were clinically brushed aside.
on the champions. The sides were level for the only time in the game after two minutes with
Michael Kiely sending over a great point in reply to Kevin Mahoney’s opening score. With Patrick
Fitzgerald, somewhat surprisingly, taking over the free taking duties from Pauric Mahony he opened
his account with two points followed by one from Conor Sheahan and two more from Kevin Mahony
before Patrick Curran opened his account in the 8 th minute.
the 12 th minute to leave three between the teams but were clearly unhappy with some of the
decisions going against them as Ballygunner moved into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead at the end of the first
With the rain teeming down in a cloud burst the scoring rate dropped before halftime with
Dungarvan matching the Gunners score for score in the second quarter with Patrick Curran sending
over two frees and Johnny Burke one from play in reply to two points from Fitzgerald (1F) and one
from the busy Peter Hogan who, throughout the game was the director of operations for
stage as they trailed on a score of 0-11 to 0-6 going into the second half with the breeze to come at their
the resumption and after Hutchinson and Sheahan had scored in reply Curran again pointed from
play. Hopes of a Dungarvan revival were soon dashed as Ballygunner moved up a gear to score six
points without reply between the 43 rd and 50 th minutes with Pauric Mahony restored to free taking
duties following the substitution of Patrick Fitzgerald with an apparent shoulder injury.
Hutchinson and Peter Hogan shot their side into a twelve point lead with just over five minutes of
normal time remaining. To Dungarvan’s credit they refused to throw in the towel as the busy Joe
Duggan exchange a point with Pauric Mahony before Patrick Curran was narrowly wide of goal from
close range at the end of normal time but quickly made amends when whipping to the net from a
similar situation before sending over his side’s last point though Ballygunner still had the last word
with Kevin Mahony sending over his fourth point in the dying seconds.In the final analysis Ballygunner did all they needed to do here in preparation for next weekend’s
semi-final. Peter Hogan was their outstanding player here covering every blade of grass on the pitch.
Ballygunner’s only concern may be the injury sustained by Patrick Fitzgerald.
sweeper throughout the second half when just five points down and chasing the game with the
breeze at their backs on the resumption. Once again it was left to Patrick Curran to put in a strong
performance for his team with best support coming from Joe Duggan and Johnny Burke.
Conor Sheahan, Dessie Hutchinson and Peter Hogan 0-3 each, Jake Foley 0-1.
Duggan 0-1 each.
Mahony, Harry Ruddle, Conor Sheahan, Paddy Leavey, Dessie Hutchinson, Pauric Mahony, Peter
Hogan, Kevin Mahony, Patrick Fitzgerald, Mikey Mahony, Subs – Ronan Power for Kenny (15), Jake
Foley for Fitzgerald (46), Billy O’keeffe for M. Mahony(53).
Burke, Joe Duggan, Cathal Curran, Eoin O’Callaghan, Patrick Curran, Colm Curran, Johnny Burke,
Tristan Loftus, Michael Kiely.
Referee- Michael O’Brien (Portlaw)