LOCAL BAR WESTERN JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Stewart on Song for Tallow
Tallow 2-21 Dungarvan 1-14
Tallow’s Junior hurlers continued their upbeat start to this year’s Western Junior B hurling championship with a deserving 0-10 win over reigning champions Dungarvan in Cappoquin last Friday evening. As in their first outing against Lismore, it was in the second half that Tallow really turned the screw on their opponents with their superior fitness and preparation ensuring that they won this second period of time by 1-12 to 1-4.
Star of the show from the winner’s camp was young Mark Stewart who finished the hour’s hurling with a tally of 0-13comprised of five frees, one ‘65’ and seven points from play. Tallow’s first goal came as a matter of urgency as they trailed Dungarvan by 0-6 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter so Eamonn Forde’s 18th minute green flag from an Eoin Condon set-up couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Likewise Donnchadh Mulcahy’s goal from a Kevin Heley pass in the 42nd minute put some serious daylight between the teams on a scoreline of 2-13 to 0-11 and a succession of minor scores by Mark Stewart, Condon, Brian McCarthy and sub Evan Sheehan had the Bridesiders 2-20 to 0-14 ahead with time running out
. The first half was a more even affair and Dungarvan more than matched their opponents. Promising midfielder Joe Duggan opened the scoring before a very much in form Eoin Condon levelled matters. Just out of the minor ranks, Eoin McGrath gave Tallow the lead with Brendan Cullinan soon restoring parity. Dungarvan looked every bit as good as their opponents for most of the first half before a lack of fitness proved to be their downfall. Scores by James Kiely, Kealan Daly and two pointed frees by the accurate Conor Duggan had the blues 0-6 to 0-2 in front by the end of the first quarter and at this stage, Tallow looked a moderate enough fifteen. The winners received a timely boost in the 18th minute with the first major score of the hour from Eamonn Forbes but Dungarvan negated this with three scores in a row by Conor Duggan 0-2(1f) and Brendan Cullinan, 0-9 to 1-2. However, the rest of the half belonged to Tallow where they outscored their opponents by 0-7 to 0-1 with Mark Stewart claiming all but a contender for score of the match by Eoin Condon and Dungarvan replying via Conor Duggan’s fourth pointed free, 1-9 to 0-10.
Dungarvan’s race was effectively run at this point as Tallow continued their recently gained dominance on the restart. The first four scores of the new half came from Michael Curley, Eoin McGrath, Kevin Henley and a Mark Stewart ‘65’. Dungarvan goalie Seanie McGrath was called into action during this scoring spurt and he did very well to save from Eoin Condon, 1-13 to 0-10. Conor Duggan opened Dungarvan’s second half account in the 41st minute before Tallow’s second green flag per Donnchadh Mulcahy at the end of the third quarter ended the game as a contest on a score of 2-13 to 0-11. Tallow won the final quarter by 0-8 to 1-1 which further emphasised their control on affairs.
Mark Stewart, Brian McCarthy, Eoin Condon and Evan Sheehan extended the winner’s advantage as Dungarvan battled away to the final whistle. Kealan Daly brought a great save out of Dean Beeecher and his further goal attempt came back off the cross bar. Midfielder Joe Duggan tapped over a hard earned point in the 57th minute and sub Stephen O Donovan again demonstrated his flair for major scores when he scored his team’s only goal late on. Both teams find themselves in opposite positions ahead of their final three games. Tallow are already in a strong position to qualify with two wins out of two while Dungarvan’s title hangs on threads with two defeats being their lot. Tallow’s Top Three : Mark Stewart, Eoin Condon, Eoin McGrath. Dungarvan’s Top Three : Joe Duggan, Conor Duggan, Ger Cusack. Observer’s Man of the Match : Mark Stewart. Number of Scorers : Tallow : 7. Dungarvan : 6. Scores From Play : Tallow : 2-15. Dungarvan : 1-6. Frees For : Tallow : 14. Dungarvan : 12. Wides : Tallow : 5. Dungarvan : 9. Score of the Match : Eoin McGrath’s 28th minute point from play for Tallow.
Scorers : Tallow : Mark Stewart 0-13(5f, 1’65’), Eamon Forbes and Donnchadh Mulcahy 1-0 each, Eoin Condon and Eoin McGrath 0-3 each, Kevin Henley and Evan Sheehan 0-1 each. Dungarvan : Conor Duggan 0-8f, Stephen Donovan 1-0, Brendan Cullinan and Joe Duggan 0-2 each, James Kiely and Kealan Daly 0-1 each.
Teams : Tallow : Dean Beecher; Alan Curley, Brian Henley, Stephen Pratt; Ben Ahern, Sean Henley, Kieran Fraser; Kevin Henley, Mark Stewart; Donnchadh Mulcahy, Eoin Condon, Eamonn Forbes; Michael Curley, Brian McCarthy, Eoin McGrath. Subs ; Evan Sheehan for Donnchadh Mulcahy, Conor McCarthy for Michael Curley.
Dungarvan : Seanie McGrath; Robert Havens, Derek Barry, Sean Hyslop; Denis Kirwan, Aidan Kirwan, Ger Cusack; John Havens, Joe Duggan; Ian Sheehan, Kealan Daly, Conor Duggan; James Kiely, Ryan Duggan, Brendan Cullinan. Subs : David Hayes for Ryan Duggan, Mike Ameglio for Ian Sheehan, Stephen Donovan for Brendan Cullinan.
Referee : Tommy Sullivan (Affane/ Cappoquin)