Cashel King Cormacs scored an unexpected 3-12 to 0-19 victory over Kickhams in the Dundrum House Hotel minor A hurling championship at Leahy Park on Wednesday evening last.
Having lost all their games to date and showing little interest or enthusiasm for the encounter during the first half, they came alive after the interval and snatched an unlikely win.
They had a dream start when Jonathan Walsh goaled from a penalty after four minutes but they had only one further score during the opening quarter.
In the meantime Kickhams went on a scoring spree, spearheaded by Brendan Ryan, who waltzed at will through the Cashel defence, and led by 0-8 to 1-1 at the end of the quarter.
Cashel did match Kickhams during the second quarter, scoring four points to their three, and trailed by 1-6 to 0-11 at the interval. Significantly Kickhams extended their lead during the third quarter at the end of which they led by 0-15 to 1-8.
The dramatic transformation in the game came about during the last ten minutes during which Cashel scored two goals, while confining Kickhams to two points. The Cashel goals came within two minutes of each other. Jonathan Walsh goaled in the 22nd minute and two minutes later the Kickhams goalkeeper made a bad error letting a long delivery from a Padraig O’Donoghue free through his fingers into the net.
Cashel King Cormacs: Con Brosnan, Brian Fitzpatrick, Conor Devitt, Padraig Leamy, Adam Kennedy, Padraig O’Donoghue (1-5), Thomas Grogan, James Cummins (0-1), Patrick Muldoon, Adam White-Dempsey, Cormac Ryan, Raymie O’Leary, Murty Browne (0-2), Daniel Bowes (0-2), Jonathan Walsh (2-2). Subs: Niall Laffan for Adam White-Dempsey, Jack Hayes for Padraig Leamy.
Kickhams: Dean Nolan, Killiam O’Meara, Brian Hand, Evan Hickey, Elliot Thompson, Killian Loughman (0-3), John Ryan, Fionn Hogan (0-2), Seamus Butler, James Ryan, Brendan Ryan (0-12), Eoin Heffernan (0-1), Cathal Ryan, Thomas Hayes (0-1, Eoin Hand.
Referee: Richard O’Connor (Arravale Rovers).