Golden/survive second half onslaught

Golden/Kifeacle 3-11 Arravale Rovers 2-10

Golden/Kifeacle 3-11 Arravale Rovers 2-10

Golden Kilfeacle had to withstand a second half onslaught from Arravale Rovers in this exciting Tipperary Super Valu Junior A hurling championship clash which took place at Bansha last Friday evening.

Arravale had an early free but Golden were up and running with two frees from Thomas Byrnes. Shortly after Golden had a lucky break when a long ball was touched to the net by Sean Carr. Both sides continued to trade scores coming up to half time when a ball broke in the Arravale square and corner forward Daniel Currivan finished to the net, to give Golden the lead at the break by 2-6 to 0-8.

With the wind behind them for the second half Golden to prosper but Arravale took control. They began to take a grip at midfield and two quick fire goals had turned the game on its head. Golden looked shell shocked. With ten minutes left Arravale were two points clear when Golden centre forward Thomas Byrnes fielded a high ball and crashed it to the net. It was Golden’s first score of the second half and finally roused them out of their slumbers.

Some fine free taking from Byrnes saw Golden extend their lead and eventually ran out as winners.

Best for Golden were JJ Byrnes, Ger Luby, Thomas Byrnes and Sean Carr.

Golden-Kilfeacle: Mark Hally, JJ Byrnes, Richie Walsh, Michael Stapelton, Matthew Ryan, Ger Luby, Alan Wade, Keith Landy, Brian Fogarty, Liam Nagle (0-1), Thomas Byrnes (1-8), Jimmy Hally, Seamus Carr, Sean Carr (1-1), Daniel Currivan (1-1). Sub: Niall Fogarty for Daniel Currivan.

Arravale Rovers: Paul O’Connor, Peter Hayes, Jophn Hayes, Francis Coughlan, Ted Lowry, Daragh Coughlan (0-1), Pearse Richardson, Ned Lowry (0-2), John Burke (0-3), Eoin Lonergan, Declan Carew, Andy Cummins, Paul Jones, Daragh Croke, James Kinane (1-4). Subs: Fergal O’Reilly (1-0) for Paul Jones, Michael Crose for Andy Cummins, James Ryan for Declan Carew, Eric Higgins for Francis Coughlan.

Ref: E. Browne (Kickhams)