King Cormacs see off a determined Arravale challenge

O’Dwyer Steel Ltd Under-21 Hurling Championship A

O’Dwyer Steel Ltd Under-21 Hurling Championship A

Cashel King Cormacs 2-13

Arravale Rovers 2-8

Cashel King Cormacs defeated Arravale Rovers by 2-13 to 2-8 in the O’Dwyer Steel Ltd under-21 hurling championship A at Golden on Sunday afternoon. In both halves it appeared as if the winners were heading for an easy victory but on each occasion they were pegged back by a determined Arravale side and not until the last five minutes was their victory assured.

On a perfect surface and in ideal conditions James Kinane opened the scoring for Arravale with a point in the opening minute but they weren’t to score again for another fifteen. In the meantime Cashel settled down and led by 1-4 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. The goal was scored by Shane Murphy who finished well, having driven an earlier opportunity over the bar.

Whether Cashel relaxed at this stage or Arravale got their act into gear was difficult to decide but they scored a goal and four points to Cashel’s one during the next ten minutes to leave the scores 1-5 to 1-5 at this stage. Ciaran Lowry raced through the Cashel defence for the goal.

Cashel came alive again in the closing minutes with two points from a Grogan free and following a good run by Simon Delaney to leave the half-time score 1-7 to 1-5.

Arravale got the first score on the resumption but then Cashel streaked ahead with 1-4 to a lone point for Arravale to leave the score 2-11 to 1-7 after twelve minutes. Eoin Ryan finished off to the Arravale net after two previous shots had been blocked out. Cashel were very much on top at this stage.

However, the introduction of Paddy Dalton changed matters for Arravale. He began to run at the Cashel defence and gave them all kinds of trouble. He had a point from a free and ten minutes later Fin tan Ryan fin ished off a great movement with a goal for Arravale to reduce the deficit to three points and five minutes to go.

Cashel had the better of the exchanges during the final minutes with Jonathan Grogan scoring two points to give Cashel victory by 2-13 to 2-8.

On a day when Cashel’s more prominent players failed to sparkle, Kevin O’Leary and Gearóid Slattery gave outstanding performances. Others to impress were Eoin Quirke in goals and Niall Fitzgerald and Shane Murphy.

Arravale were missing a number of players. Ciarán Lowry made a major contribution to their effort and he was helped by Sean O’Meara, Paddy Dalton when introduced, Shane Leahy and Sean Kilcoyne.

Cashel King Cormacs: Eoin Quirke, Paddy Morrissey, Kevin O’Leary, Cathal Minogue, Alan Cummins, Michael Killian O’Dwyer, Fionnain Ryan, Simon Delaney (0-2), Jonathan Grogan (0-7), Eoin Ryan (1-0), Gearóid Slattery (0-1), Dylan Fitzell (0-1), Robbie Anglim, Niall Fitzgerald, Shane Murphy (1-2). Sub: Adrian O’Dwyer for Robbie Anglim.

Arravale Rovers: Gary O’Callaghan, Michael Ryan, Joe O’Dwyer, Daragh Fitzpatrick, Shane leahy, Joe M ulhair, Davy Power, Niall Donovan, Sean Kilcoyne, Brian Lowry, Donagh Leahy, Fintan Ryan (1-1), Ciarán Lowry (1-4), Sean O’Meara (0-1), James Kinane (0-1). Subs: Pearse Richardson for Saragh Fitzpatrick, Paddy Dalton (0-1) for James Kinane, Daragh Coughlan for Davy Power.

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Kickhams)