South U-21 Hurling B Championship
CLONMEL OG 3-11
Ten points in arrears with 14 minutes to go, Kilsheelan/Kilcash stepped up several gears to overcome Clonmel Og and go on to win by two points in this Pat Cleere-sponsored match at Monroe. In the opening half the Clonmel side, led by midfielders Darragh Kearney and Colm O’Connell, ensured the attack saw plenty of the ball and their side were more adept at taking their chances. In the second half they continued to have the upper hand and looked to be well on their way to victory, but all was to change when the winners took control for an exciting finish.
Clonmel Og had first use of a slight wind and quickly stamped their authority on the game. They opened with points from Darragh Kearney and a Dean Kelleher ’65. Colin Gleeson got Kilsheelan off the mark with a point after 11 minutes but it was Clonmel Og who stretched their lead with two points from Darragh Kearney. Kilsheelan followed with their opening goal when Johnny Ormonde sent a ground shot to the net after good work by Bill Maher. Clonmel Og were much the better side for the remainder of the half. They had two points from long distance frees by Dean Kelleher. The long threatened goal came when Aaron Barry drove to the net and he also added a point. Further pressure yielded a penalty and Matt Norris made no mistake with a hard drive to rattle the net. In the closing stages John Kehoe pointed for Kilsheelan and Colin Gleeson was also on the mark and at half time Clonmel Og were well worth their 2-8 to 1-3 lead.
On the restart Colin Gleeson reduced the leeway with a point. Darragh Kearney went on to make a great drive through the Kilsheelan defence, only to see his shot come back off the upright and sub Michael Lynch was in the right place to dispatch the rebound for his side’s third goal. The two Deans, Mulcahy and Kelleher, went on to exchange points. A further Aaron Barry point left Clonmel Og leading by 3-10 to 1-6 after 46 minutes. Conor Davin Murphy replied with a point for Kilsheelan. The winners had a further goal when Bill Maher made his way in from the end-line and drove to the net from an acute angle.
Kilsheelan took inspiration from the goal. Their half back line and midfield were now winning the duels and the Clonmel defence was coming under increasing pressure. Dean Kelleher had a point for Clonmel Og, which was to prove their last score. Then Donnacha Lonergan sent a high ball into the goal area, Colin Gleeson got a touch for a goal and there were just five points between the sides after 51 minutes.
Sensing victory, Kilsheelan continued to press forward. Gleeson continued his purple patch with a pointed ’65 and moments later he had a further goal and Clonmel Og were clinging on to a one-point lead. Conor Davin Murphy put the sides level. John Kehoe, from a free, put Kilsheelan ahead for the first time and as the game entered injury time the same player was again on the mark from a placed ball to leave his side narrow winners in an exciting finish.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash go forward to the next round while Clonmel Og have a further chance through the losers section.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH - Alex Harte, Kevin Donovan, David Corcoran, Miceal Corcoran, Kevin Larkin, Shane Columby, Donncha Lonergan, David Columby, Adrian McGuire, John Kehoe 0-3, Conor Davin Murphy 0-2, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Johnny Ormonde 1-0, Colin Gleeson 2-4 and Bill Maher 1-0.
CLONMEL OG - James Burke, Patrick Power, Marc Ahearne, John O’Brien, Eric Smith, Dean Horton, Declan Bennett, Darragh Kearney 0-3, Colm O’Connell, Matt Norris 1-0, Tony Cantwell, Dean Kelleher 0-5, Aaron Barry 1-3, Cian Hogan and Shane Fehilly.
SUB - Michael Lynch 1-0 for John O’Brien.
REFEREE - Pa Shelly (Killenaule).