Carrick Davins came up short, particularly in attack, in their county senior hurling first round tie against Burgess on Wed last at Boherlahan where they finished seven points adrift after an entertaining game.
The defeat sends Davins into the O Riain Cup, senior B competition against Cashel, and if they fail to make progress there, the possibility of relegation to intermediate ranks looms.
Slicker, and tidier in their hurling, Burgess set the pace from the beginning, and were never headed, but a committed Davins outfit challenged them all the way. Indeed, had the Carrick boys had more firepower up front, they could well have run the opposition much closer, but in the end, the honours rest where they belong.
In ideal conditions, Burgess hit the ground running, going three points up in eight minutes. Davins settled slowly but in the 25th minute, Damian O’Brien got what was to be the most significant score of the game when he pounced on a long delivery to steer the ball to the Davins net for a 1-5 to 0-2 lead.
For the remainder of the game, Burgess had this cushion to sustain them, and though Davins battled hard, they never really threatened to overtake them. At half-time, Burgess led 1-7 to 0-4, Eoin Hogan’s accuracy from frees accounting for four of the points.
The second half was a well-contested affair which Burgess won ten points to nine. Davins relied heavily on the free-taking of J J Butler who scored five points but the goal they needed to ignite their challenge never materialised, due in part, to the excellence of the confident of Niall McGrath in the Burgess goal.
The best Davins did was cut the deficit to three points by the 49th minute, but with Brian Hogan, Danny Ryan and Eoin Hogan looking sharp for Burgess, they quickly re-established control to run out comfortable winners.
This was a welcome success for Burgess. It was a performance that should give them a lot of confidence as they face Cappawhite. Goalie Niall McGrath was sharp and capable with John Mulqueen, and Shane Maher very solid in defence. Donagh Maher did a lot of work at midfield in the first half in particular, while in attack Brian Hogan, Damian O Brien, Daniel Ryan and accurate free-taker Eoin Hogan were key figures.
Davins now face into the O Riain Cup with a quarter-final against Cashel coming up. On this showing, they should be reasonably confident of making progress in the competition but they need a bit more power in attack where Noel Butler and Gerry Robinson were their best players. J J Butler took his chances from frees. Further back, full-back Lee Mackey excelled with Michael Ryan, and Stephen Cronin others to work very hard for the cause.
Scorers for Burgess – E Hogan (0-6, 4fs), D O’Brien (1-1), B Hogan and D Ryan (0-3 each), T Hogan (0-2), M Flaherty and N Gleeson (0-1) each;
Scorers for Davins – J J Butler (0-6, 6fs), N Butler (0-3), G Robinson (0-2), W O’Dwyer and P Harris (0-1 each);
Burgess - Niall McGrath; Patrick Hogan, Shane Maher, Johnny Mulqueen; John O’Dwyer, Timmy Hogan, Jack Flaherty; Noel Gleeson, Donagh Maher; Brian Hogan, Tossie Hogan, Damian O’Brien; Michael Flaherty, Eoin Hogan, Daniel Ryan; Subs- Jonny Ryan for Timmy Hogan (14mins); Cian McDonnell for J Ryan 48mins; Kevin Nealon for Tossie Hogan 58 mins;
Carrick Davins - Adam Foran; Keith Condon, Lee Mackey, John Joe Ryan; Michael Ryan, Willie O’Dwyer, Stephen Cronin; Pa Harris, Jim Walsh; Gerry Robinson, Noel Butler, Richard McGrath; J J Butler, Shane Butler, Stephen Moroney;
Ref- Willie Clohessy, Drom-Inch