After a long drawn out saga regarding this fixture, it was all systems go in Clonmel on Sunday last when both teams faced up once again in the Senior Hurling Relegation Semi Final replay.
Cashel had prepared well in recent weeks with some lively challenge games and under the guidance of coach Colm Bonnar the team were certainly in good shape.
The game began with plenty of rucks with underfoot conditions heavy to say the least. It was Cashel however that drew first blood and a lead they were never to surrender, Grogan landing an early free. Both teams were trying hard in the testing conditions but it was Cashel that displayed the more inventive hurling with Grogan on target from play with an excellent score. The South team however fought back with a point but once again Cashel’s dynamism in attack was the difference. Dylan Fitzell added another Cashel point and was unlucky to see his snap shot at goal hit the side netting as Cashel piled on the pressure. But again Ballybacon responded and drew level with 20 minutes played, three points apiece. Adrian Cummins showed power to shrug off his opponent to restore the lead while Grogan converted a free shortly after to calm the nerves once again. Ballybacon replied once more but the half closed with a superb solo effort from Fitzell to leave Cashel in front 0-6 to 0-4 at halftime.
Fitzell started the second half as he finished the first taking a neat pass from Michael Coleman to slot between the posts in Cashel’s first attack. Coleman himself who was growing into the game landed a superb point in the 60th minute to increase the lead to double scores 0-8 to 0-4. A Ballybacon free ensured they weren’t going down without a fight, but another magnificent Fitzell point handed Cashel a five point cushion midway through the half 0-9 to 0-4. It was now Ballybacon really came into the game with Cashel taking the foot off the gas and two unanswered frees put just a goal in it as the crowd decibels lifted. Lee Burke had to be on full alert as a low struck free found its way through a ruck of players in front of Cashels goal and Burke carried the ball off his goal line and away to safety. Eddie Walsh broke Ballybacons run on the score board with a brilliant point and Grogan displayed coolness to further increase the lead with a free soon after to lead 0-11 to 0-6 entering the final 10 minutes. But again Ballybacon responded with two points of their own and again just a goal separated the sides. But it was in the final 10 minutes that Cashel showed maturity and composure with every player battling for every ball throughout the field. Grogan landed another free under pressure and Dylan Fitzell capped a superb individual display with a point from the top drawer to restore his side’s five-point advantage. Grogan had the final say with a free from 50 metres to nail this all-important victory for Cashel. For a team so young this was a display to warm the cockles, and every player gave it every ounce in their bodies.
It is imperative that we do not find ourselves back in a similar position in future championships but with a squad so young and eager to perform the signs are certainly positive for the future. Well done to all the players, management and coaches who stuck with it in trying times and lets hope they status quo will remain and eye more progress in the upcoming West Senior hurling championship.
Team: Kevin O’Sullivan, Patrick Coates, Ronan O’Donoghue, John Darmody, Ross Doyle, Lee Burke, Simon Delaney (0-1), Edmond O’Dwyer, Tony Hewitt, Dylan Fitzell (0-4), Adrian Cummins (0-1), Eddie Walsh (0-1), Jonathan Grogan (0-6, 5F 1 play), Michael Coleman (0-1), Gearoid Slattery. Subs used: David Shiels, Robert Anglim, and MK O’Dwyer.
Football training has commenced in Leahy Park for our intermediates, U21’s and minors. Every Saturday from 6.30pm we hope to see good turn outs from players involved with each panel. Our Minors and intermediates will begin the county leagues in the next couple of weeks while our U21 footballers will begin the West Championship very soon so it’s important that good numbers attend training.
West U.21 Football fixture
Cashel KC Vs Galtee Rovers in New Inn at 2pm on Sunday February 12- Please support.
Our U.10’s, 12’s & 14’s are back in action every Saturday with training starting at 11am running until 12.30pm. All players are asked to bring the appropriate gear for both hurling and football. See you all then!
Cashel King Cormacs Club Lotto in association with Cashel Camogie and Handball Clubs
The lotto draw on January 31 took place in Kearney’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 2,21,22,31. There was no winner of the € E5,300 jackpot. There was also no winner of the second chance draw for € E500, numbers drawn, 8,18,26.
Lucky Dip Winners – € E50 Sinead Slattery, €E50 Ray Manton, €E20 Margaret Moloney, €E20 Jim McGill, €E20 Seamus Hayes, €E20 Andrey Rangelov, €E20 Margaret Moloney.
Our next lotto night is heading to Fox’s Bar on Tuesday, February 14, from 9.30pm onwards, all are welcome. Results from draw in Davern’s Bar on Tuesday, February 7, will appear in next week’s notes.