Hammersley shows the way as Clonoulty stroll to easy victory

West Senior Hurling Championship

West Senior Hurling Championship

Clonoulty-Rossmore 3-21 Cashel King Cormacs 1-8

This game in the Tipperary Co-Op Super Valu West Senior Hurling championship at Dundrum on Sunday evening turned out much as expected, with Clonoulty-Rossmore far too good for Cashel King Cormacs. A different result wouldn’t have meant any difference to the future progress of either side.

Clonoulty have finished the league stage of the competition with 8 points and in second place on the table, which is headed by Eire Óg with 10 points. Clonoulty play Golden-Kilfeacle in one semi-final and Eire Óg play Cappawhite in the second semi-final, with Cashel King Cormacs and Kickhams taking part in the O’Riain Cup.

Sunday evening’s game never really raised a cheer. Clonoulty were on top from the word go and had 1-5 on the board before Cashel registered their first score. The goal came in the 5th minute when Timmy Hammersley, Clonoulty’s most proficient scorer, sent a penalty to the back of the net.

Cashel had their first score from a free by Jonathan Grogan in the 10th minute and he added two more from placed balls in the 14th and 17th minutes.

Clonoulty responded quickly and had their second goal in the 19th minute. A good run by Thomas Butler from the centre of the field ended with a shot for goal. The ball was blocked by the Cashel goalkeeper but finished to the net by the in-rushing Timmy Hammersley. Clonoulty added five more points in the remaining time to Cashel’s two to leave the half-time score 2-11 to 0-5 for Clonoulty.

One of the Cashel points was scored by John Darmody and it was to be the only score the team got from play in the course of the hour.

The second half changed nothing. Clonoulty added 1-10 to their half-time tally, the goal coming from Conor Hammersley a few minutes from the end.

Cashel added 1-3, the goal coming from a free from centrefield by Jonathan Grogan. The ball was struck on a low trajectory and appeared to glance off the side of the Clonoulty goalkeeper into the net.

Clonoulty were best served by Paudie White, John O’Keeffe, Kevin Horan, Timmy Hammersley and John Devane. Cashel had few players who stood out but Brian Minogue, Ronan O’Donoghue and John Darmody tried hardest.

Clonoulty-Rossmore: Declan O’Dwyer, Kevin Horan, Andrew Quirke, Anthony Kearney, John O’Keeffe, John Devane, Liam Devane, Jason Forrestal (0-2), Paudie White (0-4), Tom Butler, Conor Ryan (0-1), Thomas Butler, Conor Hammersley (1-2), Timmy Hammersley (2-7), Aidan White (0-2). Subs: Sean O’Connor (0-1) for Paudie White, Joey O’Keeffe for John O’Keeffe, Fiachra O’Keeffe (0-2) for Thomas Butler.

Cashel King Cormacs: David Enright, Tony Hewitt, Ross Doyle, Brian Minogue, Kevin O’Leary, Ronie O’Donoghue, Simon Dleaney, John Darmody (0-1), Edmond O’Dwyer, Jonathan Grogan (1-7), Lee Burke, Patrick Coates, David Shields, Daniel Slattery, Adrian Cummins.

Subs: David Delahunty for Kevin O’Leary, Eddie Walsh for Adrian Cummins.

Referee: David Grogan (Aherlow).