Cappawhite 1 -13 Golden-Kilfeacle 0-8
Although they could manage only one score in the second-half, Cappawhite had enough done with the wind by the interval to defeat Golden-Kilfeacle by double scores in the Tipperary Co-Op Super Valu senior hurling championship game at New Inn on Sunday afternoon.
A dominant opening half aided by a gale force wind set up Cappawhite for a comfortable win against a spirited but limited Golden-Kilfeacle side. Cappawhite had an eleven point half time lead and they easily held off Golden’s best efforts in the second half.
The winners had three points on the board after ten minutes with Gerry O’Neill on target from play and frees. Christopher Ryan got a good score for Golden to get them off the mark but with a gale behind them Cappawhite extended their lead from frees from O’Neill.
It could have been worse for Golden but for a magnificent point blank save from their keeper Declan Donnelly. Golden were guilty of committing fouls all over the field and with O’Neill on form he punished them on every occasion. Niall Hayes chipped in with two points and Matthew Kennedy with one from play.
Just before half time Josh Keane got a score for Golden to leave it at 0-13 to 0-2 at the break.
Golden needed a strong start to the second half to have any chance of a comeback. However Cappawhite played a sweeper to great effect and they repelled most of Golden’s attacks. Ross Dunne, who has just returned after injury and who played at corner-forward during the first half, slotted well into the role of sweeper.
Golden also missed some early frees which seemed to knock them back. About midway through the second half Cappawhite inflicted the hammer blow when Russell Quirke raced through and buried past the keeper.
Golden tried to respond and got some good scores from Shane Stapelton and Christopher Ryan, but the goal they needed never arrived and Cappawhite ran out comfortable winners.
Overall there can be no complaints with the outcome, Cappawhite got the lead they needed with the wind and Golden, although they fought hard, were never really able to threaten that lead.
Tom Treacy, Thomas Costello, Gerry O’Neill and Ross Dunne in the second half stood out for Cappawhite, while the best for Golden on a disappointing day were Ronan Hayes, James O’Connell, Daithi Bargary and Shane Stapelton.
Cappawhite: Franny Quinn, Cathal McCarthy, Sean Ryan (W), Ger Ryan (P), Tom Treacy, Thomas Costello, Michael O’Neill, Donagh Heffernan, Paddy Julian, Kevin Stapleton, Niall Hayes (0-2), Matthew Kennedy (0-1), Ross Dunne, Gerry O’Neill (0-10), Russell Quirke (1-0). Subs: Pat O’Neill for Kevin Stapleton, Timmy Cranley for Matthew Kennedy.
Golden-Kilfeacle: Declan Donnelly, Ronan Hayes, Aiden O Connell, Gerald Fogarty, Shane o Connell, Brendan Moloney, Cathal Hayes, James O’Connell, Daithi Bargary, Kevin Moloney, Shane Stapelton (0-1), John Colohan, James Casey. Josh Keane, Sean Hayes. Subs: James Casey for Sean Hayes, Seanie O’Halloran for Kevin Moloney.
Referee: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)