South u-21 HC ‘A’
Carrick Swans 1-14
The South U21 A hurling championship served up a very entertaining game in Clonmel on Monday when Carrick Swan and Ballybacon Grange met and the game ended with honours even.
Conditions were good if a little soft underfoot but the players gave everything they had before a decent attendance.
Ballybacon Grange looked impressive in the early exchanges with Tom Kirwan causing problems for the Swan defence, Evan Hogan opened the scoring for Swan with a point, Daniel Regan replied with a point, Mikie Loughman added 2 points from frees for Swan and then Gerry Cronin goaled for Ballybacon.
Eoin Walsh had a Ballybacon point from a long range free with Martin Griffin replying for the Carrick side.
James O’Mahony and Billy Hewitt pointed for Ballybacon before Jack Walsh did likewise with 2 pointed frees to leave the score at half-time Ballybacon Grange 1-5 to Swan 0-6.
Ballybacon Grange got the perfect start to the second half with a Jonathan Ryan goal. Mikie Loughman replied with a pointed free. Swan then scored 3 points without reply from M.J.Walsh, Mikie Loughman and Bill Walsh. Daniel O’Regan replied with a good point.
Martin Griffin pointed for Swan from way out on the wing.
The game was really hotting up now and points by Aaron Cowan and Billy Hewitt for Ballybacon Grange were cancelled out by Martin Griffin and Jack Walsh from a 65.
Bill Walsh put Swan in front with 3 minutes left in the game. Billy Hewitt from a free levelled, Bill Walsh again put Swan back in front with time just up but Ballybacon Grange were not to be denied and Billy Hewitt got a deserved equaliser to leave the final score Swan 1-14 Ballybacon Grange 2-11.
This was a very good game of hurling and both teams will fancy their chances of advancing to the semi-final stage, Swan have completed their games and Ballybacon Grange have yet to play Mullinahone and Moyle Rovers.
Best for Swan were Sean Boland, Mikie Loughman, Dale O’Hanlon and Martin Griffin.
Best for Ballybacon Grange were Tom Kirwan, Daniel O’Regan, Aaron Cowan and Billy Hewitt. Credit must also be given to referee Paddy Ivors for his control of the game.
Swan: Kieran Lonergan, Sean Boland, Dean Murphy, Colin Loughman, Jamie Long,Jack Walsh, Dale O’Hanlon, M.J.Walsh, Mikie Loughman, Martin Griffin, Bill Walsh, Derek Hogan, Bill Barrett, Damien McCarthy,Evan Hogan.
Ballybacon Grange: Eoin Lambert, Jason Coffey, Michael O’Sullivan, Sean Nagle, Darren Bray, Eoin Walsh, Carl Costigan, Aaron Cowan, Billy Hewitt, Alan Condon, Jonathan Ryan, Daniel O’Regan, James O’Mahony, Tom Kirwan, Gerry Cronin.