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West Senior Hurling Championship

West Senior Hurling Championship

Cappawhite 5-17

Cashel King Cormacs 1-9

Cappawhite and Cashel King Cormacs were looking for the final qualifying spot in this Tipperary Co-Op Super Valu senior hurling championship game played at Lattin on Saturday evening of last week. The game was a contest for the first 15 minutes but after that Cappawhite went on to dominate.

Gerry O’Neill, Cappawhite’s most prolific scorer, opened their account with a point in the 3rd minute but Jonathan Grogan replied almost immediately with one for Cashel. Cappawhite were ahead in the 10th minute when Cashel got a great break a minute later when a free from centrefield by Grogan was blocked down by the Cappawhite goalkeeper into the path of Cashel captain, Michael Coleman, who finished it to the net to put them in front by 1-2 to 0-3.

Unfortunately for Cashel the lead was short lived. Almost immediately Cappa got the ball down the field and a shot blocked by the Cashel goalie was finished to the net by Sean Ryan (W). Each side exchanged points and at the end of the first quarter Cappawhite were marginally ahead by 1-5 to 1-4. That was as good as it got for Cashel.

The remainder of the half was a nightmare for them and they didn’t score during the second quarter. On the other hand Cappawhite added 2-2, both goals coming from Gerry O’Neill, the first from a penalty. These scores left the half-time score at 3-7 to 1-4 in favour of Cappawhite.

Cappawhite added 2-10 in the second half and were totally in control. The goals came in the 8th and the 17th minutes. The first of these was scored by O’Neill, his third. The second was a tearaway effort by Paddy Julian.

During the same period Cashel hit five points. There were three frees from Jonathan Grogan and Adrian Cummins scored two in the last two minutes.

Cappawwhite looked good all over the field but they were probably made to look so by the poverty of the opposition. Gerry O’Neill had a field day and he got good support from Sean Ryan, Donagh Heffernan, Denis Kelly, Shane McDermott and Pat O’Neill.

It was a poor performance by Cashel after the first quarter, with few players standing out. John Dermody, Edmond O’Dwyer and Lee Burke had their moments. Their cause wasn’t helped by the sending off of Tony Hewitt with eight minutes to go.

Cappawhite: Franny Quinn, Ross Dunne, Thomas Costello, Matthew Kennedy, Michael Buckley, Shane McDermott, Matthew Ryan, Denis Kelly, Tom Treacy, James Bradshaw (0-1), Niall Hayes, Donagh Heffernan, Paddy Julian (1-0), Gerry O’Neill (3-10), Sean Ryan (W)(1-3). Subs: Noel Ryan for Tom Treacy, John McGrath for Matthew Ryan, John Ryan (P) (0-1) for Sean Ryan (W), Pat O’Neill (0-2) for Niall Hayes, Ger Ryan (P) for Denis Kelly.

Cashel King Cormacs: David Enright, Simon Delaney, Ronie O’Donoghue, Brian Minogue, Kevin O’Leary, Ross Doyle, John Darmody, Tony Hewitt, Edmond O’Dwyer (0-1), Lee Burke (0-1), Philip Taylor, Patrick Coates, Adrian Cummins (0-2), Michael Coleman (1-0), Jonathan Grogan (0-5). Subs: David Shields for Ronie O’Donoghue, Jason Connolly for Philip Taylor, Eddie Walsh for Kevin O’Leary.

Referee: Phil Ryan (Kickhams).