Clonoulty hit top form to win as easily as expected

West SHC semi-final

West SHC semi-final

Clonoulty-Rossmore 2-18 Golden-Kilfeacle 1-7

The semi-final of the Tipperary Co-Op Super Valu senior hurling championship between Clonoulty-Rossmore and Golden-Kilfeacle, played at Cappawhite on Sunday evening, went much as expected, with the favourites, Clonoulty, much too good for Golden and winning comfortably by a margin of 2-18 to 1-7.

Two goals in the first half established the winners dominance. The first of these was in the 15th minute, when John O’Neill got inside the Golden backs and gave the hapless goalkeeper absolutely no chance.

The second goal was scored by Timmy Hammersley in the 29th minute when he completed a lightning movement which involved three other players and had the ball in the net like the blink of an eye. This goal was particularly difficult for Golden to take because they had just begun to claw themselves back from a 1-5 to 0-2 deficit with two points by Paddy Ivers and Michael Harding.

Clonoulty added a point to complete the scoring in the first half and this left them in front by 2-6 to 0-4 at the interval.

Clonoulty continued to dominate the game in the second-half. They didn’t score any more goals but added twelve points. On top of this they had sixteen wides in total which gives an indication of their control of the game. In contrast Golden had five wides.

Clonoulty’s dominance could be seen all over the field. Their backs were completely on top of the Golden forwards with Kevin Horan in particular playing a stormer at corner-back. John Devane and co. commanded the centre and Paudie White and Sean O’Connor were dominant in the centre of the field. The two Butlers were a strong force in the half-forwards and the darting runs and good combination of the inside forwards sometimes left the Golden backs confused.

It was Clonoulty’s better performance for some time and would suggest that their form is coming right at the proper time. They will have to be favourites in the final in two weeks time.

The Golden challenge didn’t rise to the occasion. Their forwards faced a torrid time against a very alert and efficient Clonoulty backline, which allowed them only 1-2 from play. The goal, in fact, was a brilliant piece of work involving a number of players, passing the ball with speed and accuracy and Christopher Ryan finishing it to the net. It came too late to make an impact, in the 21st minute of the second-half, when the game was already well lost.

Clonoulty-Rossmore: Declan O’Dwyer Joey O’Keeffe, Padraig Heffernan, Kevin Horan, Anthony Kearney, John Devane, John O’Keeffe, Paudie White, Sean O’Connor (0-1), Conor Ryan, Tom Butler (0-3), Thomas Butler, Fiachra O’Keeffe (0-2), Timmy Hammersley (1-9), John O’Neill (1-3). Subs: Conor Hammersley for Conor Ryan, Jason Forrestal for Thomas Butler, Aidan White for Fiachra O’Keeffe.

Golden Kilfeacle: Declan Donnelly, Damien Fogarty, Donncha Carr, Aidan O’Connell, Gerard Fogarty, James Hayes, James Tierney, Daithi Bargary, Aidan Fogarty, Paddy Ivers (0-6), Michael Harding (0-1), John Colohan, Christopher Ryan (1-0), James McCarthy, Shane Stapleton.

Referee: Sean Bradshaw (Kickhams)