Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Mary’s met in the first round of the South Intermediate Hurling championship in Monroe with Kilsheelan winning 2-13 to 2-7.
St Mary’s got their first score within a minute when Seamus Kennedy pointed.
Kilsheelan’s Adrian Walsh responded to level matters following a nice pass from Tommy Ryan.
St Mary’s were the more dominant at this stage, gaining alot of possession and they had the first goal of the game from Liam Ryan followed quickly by a long distance point by Gearoid Buckley. Kilsheelan’s Tommy Ryan plucked the ball out of the air and passed to Bill Maher, who sent over the bar.
The Kilsheelan defence were coming under increasing pressure and Sammy Ryan capitalised by scoring a second goal and a point. Pakie Larkin passed to Alex Harte who made no mistake for a point and following a pointed free by Gearoid Buckley for St Mary’s his side led by 2-4 to 0-3.
Kilsheelan’s Bill Maher went on one of his runs, opening up the defence, delivered to Pakie Larkin who made no mistake with a goal to reduce the deficit. Alex Harte added a pointed free. Bill Maher was fouled and Alex Harte, from a free, sent a piledriver to the net to level the game. Seamus Kennedy pointed for St Mary’s and Gearoid Buckley and Tommy Ryan exchanged points to leave St Mary’s ahead by the minimum at the break by 2-6 to 2-5.
Kilsheelan levelled the game within a minute when Harte pointed a free. Bill Maher sent a long ball all the way from out near the sideline. Alex Harte had another pointed free. John Kehoe combined well with brother Eoin who got his name on the scoresheet.
Tommy Ryan, who worked hard throughout, sent over two further points to leave Kilsheelan in the ascendancy by 2-11 to 2-6.
Following a foul on St Mary’s effective centre back Seamus Kennedy, Gearoid Buckley pointed.
St Mary’s were piling on the pressure but were unable to penetrate the Kilsheelan defence and had a few wides. Decy Power made a great run towards goal but an excellent interception by Willie Ryan at centre back cleared the ball from Kilsheelan’s danger area. A further attack by the Clonmel side was deflected for a ’65 which they failed to convert.
In the remaining five minutes it was Kilsheelan who were dictating matters as Alex Harte pointed a free. Bill Maher raced through on goal, but was fouled, and Harte completed the scoring with a point from a free to leave his side deserving winners.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash: Ian Coughlan, Paul Maher, Jimmy Ryan, Kevin Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Willie Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-3, John Kehoe, Niall Walsh, Bill Maher 0-2, Alex Harte 1-6, Adrian Walsh 0-1 and Pakie Larkin 1-0.
Subs: Senan O’Halloran for Kevin Larkin inj. and Colin Gleeson for Pakie Larkin.
St Mary’s: Ger Corcoran, Andrew Ryan, Jamie Peters, Ciaran O’Connell, Decy Power, Seamus Kennedy 0-2, Ciaran Brady, Gearoid Buckley 0-4, Richie Gunne, Alan Lonergan, Brain Mc Donnell, Liam Ryan 1-0, Brian Carroll, Sammy Ryan 1-1 and Darren Cass.
Subs: Luke Moore for Andrew Ryan and Daniel Slattery for Liam Ryan
Referee: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)