JJ KAVANAGH AND SONS COUNTY HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1 ROUND 1 ALL COUNTY HURLING LEAGUES COMMENCE Dungarvan off to a Winning Start
Dungarvan 0-10 Roanmore 0-7
The strong and high cross field wind was a spoilsport for this SHL game at the Dungarvan club grounds last Saturday afternoon as the weather continues to make the headlines at the start of this year’s GAA season. Quality hurling was also a no-no in the heavy underfoot conditions but credit both sides, as with all teams this weekend, for their determined approach to the game. With the first use of the diagonal wind, Roanmore opened a 0-2 to 0-0 lead through Gavin O Brien and Lee Hearne. A Ryan Donnolly pointed free and a first score at this level by last year’s minor Johnny Burke had the sides level at the end of the first quarter during which the home side’s defence denied Roanmore a big half time advantage. The sky Blues led by 0-5 to 0-2 approaching the short whistle courtesy of further points by Ian Chester(f) and Gavin O Brien 0-2(1f) before a second Ryan Donnolly pointed free kept the Dungarvan deficit manageable at the break on a score of 0-5 to 0-3.
With the elements in their favour and their defence again their best sector, Dungarvan won the second half by 0-7 to 0-2. Ryan Donnolly and Gavin O Brien(f) traded early scores before minors per Donnolly and Brendan Cullinan from play levelled proceedings at 0-6 each. Emmet O Toole had a goal scoring chance snuffed out by a resolute home defence before a further score by Donnolly(f) earned the Blues the lead for the first time, 0-7 to 0-6.
Credit Roanmore, they drove at the winners’ defence constantly but were denied scores including a good goal opportunity before points by Gavin Crotty, Johnny Burke and Ryan Donnolly(f) sealed a home win. Emmet O Toole scored what was only Roanmore’s second point of the half.
Dungarvan : Ryan Donnolly 0-6(4f), Johnny Burke 0-2, Brendan Cullinan and Gavin Crotty 0-1 each
, Roanmore : Gavin O Brien 0-4(2f), Lee Hearne, Ian Chester(f) and Emmet O Toole 0-1 each.
Dungarvan : Darren Duggan; John Curran, Jack Lacey, Luke Egan; Gavin Power, Jamie Nagle, Tristan Loftus; Conor Sheridan, Joe Duggan; Kealan Daly, Johnny Burke, Brendan Cullinan; Conor Duggan, Gavin Crotty, Ryan Donnolly. Sub : James Kiely.
Roanmore : Jack Chester; Conor Ryan, Frank McGrath, Dale Hayes; Brian Nolan, Rory Furlong, Eamonn Power; Harry White, Charlie Chester; Sean Burke, Gavin O Brien, Ian Chester; Lee Hearne, Paul O Sullivan, Emmet O Toole. Subs : David Barrett for Brian Nolan, Tony O Brien for Emmet O Toole, Shane Mackey for Ian Chester.
Referee : Thomas Walsh (Modeligo).
Other Division 1 League games : DLS 0-15 Ballygunner 1-10. Mt. Sion 1-7 Passage 0-9.
Under 14 Western Football Championship
There was drama and excitement aplenty last Sunday morning out in a very blustery Aglish where our Under 14 footballers contested the Western football semifinal against local side St.Olivers. On what was a fresh Spring day we had the advantage of the windy conditions in the first half but in what was our first outing this year we displayed signs of greenness and the concession of an early goal didn’t look encouraging for us at all. However we gradually began to get into the game and played some delightful football and the scores eventually came. Come halftime we held a 1.5 to 1.1 lead which given the prevailing conditions didn’t look like it would be sufficient.
However it was to be a tremendous hard working performance in the second half with our backs under severe pressure from a skilful St.Olivers team. That pressure was alleviated some bit when in one of our forays in attack yielded a welcome goal to increase our lead further and it was now a case of trying to hold out . The concession of another goal was to really test us with the game near a conclusion. Then with just minutes left we were dealt a hammer blow when a deflected shot gave our goalie no chance and found its way to the net. With the final whistle coming shortly after two evenly matched teams couldn’t be separated on a 2.5 to 3.2 scoreline.
So having played 50 minutes on a full sized pitch with just thirteen players a side both teams had to set out for an additional ten minutes each half of extra time in a fairly exhausting condition. Playing into the breeze in the first period we managed to find the reserves to register a goal to St.Olivers solitary point. In the second period we managed to get some breathing space and two further goals were to see us run out winners on a 5.7 to 4.3 scoreline. In a match best summarised by three penalties, 70 minutes football a brace of goals for Zach Power and a hat-trick of goals for Corey Lyons it was a fairly exciting start to this years campaign.
We now progress to an unexpected Western Final. Panel: Aaron Murray, Will Healy, Luke Irwin, John Meehan, Darragh Murphy, Donnacha Hamilton, Billy Hickey, James Maye, Luke Power, Leon Lannon, Callum Bulfin, Zach Power, Oisin Hallahan, Corey Lyons, Jacob Dalton, Adam Mulligan.
THE PARK HOTEL WESTERN UNDER 20C FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Second Half Comeback Secures Dungarvan Win
Dungarvan 2-11 Ballyduff 3-7
At the end of the first quarter in this Western C under 20 football championship Group game in Clashmore last Sunday morning, Ballyduff, playing into the teeth of the gale in were deservingly in front by 3-2 to 0-2. Goals by Florence Flynn, Shane Casey and Cathal Murphy looked to have won this encounter for the Reds even at this early stage. However, Ballyduff did not score for the rest of the first half and points by Oisin Morrissey (2), Seanie McGrath (2), Tristan Loftus and Daniel Kiely gave Dungarvan some hope for the second half with the scoreboard reading 3-2 to 0-6.
Cathal Murphy added a pointed free to Ballyduff’s first half tally on the restart but then Dungarvan thundered into the game. A goal by Blues goalie Toby Taylor from the penalty spot and points via Oisin Morrissey, Joe Duggan, and Johnny Burke left the game level at 3-3 to 1-9 and 46 minutes played. After this period of Dungarvan domination, Cathal Murphy restored Ballyduff’s lead with a brace of pointed frees which were answered by a Seanie McGrath point from play, 3-5 to 1-10.
With ten minutes to play a close in goal by David Hayes gave Dungarvan the lead for the first time and Joe Duggan followed up with his second score of the hour, 2-11 to 3-5. True to tradition, Ballyduff threw everything at the Blues to salvage the game. Cathal Murphy pointed a free and he looked to have scored the winning goal but for Toby Taylor to make an outstanding save and direct the ball over the cross bar.
Over the hour, Ballyduff deserved at least a draw and credit to both sides for their determined efforts in such trying conditions.
Dungarvan : Toby Taylor; Sam Dalton, Brendan Collins, Cameron Maguire, Johnny Burke, Lorcan McGovern, Oisin Morrissey, Tristan Loftus, David Hayes, Joe Duggan, James O Callaghan, Seanie McGrath, Daniel Kiely.
Ballyduff : Sean Kingston, Patsy Drislane, Jason English, Darragh Murphy, Jack Barry, Conor Hickey, Aidan O Brien, Sean Hickey, Jack McDonagh, Billy Carroll, Florence Flynn, Shane Casey, Cathal Murphy, Josh Ahern, Fionnan Walsh
. Referee : Donal O Murchadha (An Rinn).
Teams in this Champonship : Ballyduff, Ardmore, Dungarvan.