O’Dwyer Steel Under-21 A Hurling Championship
Clonoulty-Rossmore 1-24 Knockavilla-Kickhams 3-14
West champions Clonoulty-Rossmore got the defence of their O’Dwyer Steel under-21 A hurling championship off to a positive start on Sunday evening at Golden when they defeated Kickhams by four points in what turned out to be a very entertaining game for those present.
The winners were quick out of traps and led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the end of the first quarter.
They pushed on to build on their early lead and went further in front by 1-18 to 2-4 at the interval, their goal being scored by Seamus Carew.
The two badly-needed Kickhams goals in the opening period came from Killian Loughman and Davy Butler and only for them Kickhams would have been completely deflated.
Kickhams returned in a more positive frame of mind after the break and had a great start to the second-half, scoring 1-3 in the first four minutes, the goal coming from Davy Butler after some hesitancy in the Clonoulty defence.
Clonoulty/Rossmore quickly realised that the second period would be a whole lot more competitive and rose to the challenge laid down by the challengers.
Points were exchanged and it was nip and tuck for the remainder of the game at the end of which the defending champions had four points to spare on a scoreline of 1-24 to 3-14 and were full value for their win b ut both sides will have benefitted from the game.
Clonoulty-Rossmore: Jimmy Maher, Shaun Coffey, James Horan, Darren Corcoran, James Ryan, Martin Sadlier, Ronan Heffernan, Sean Maher (0-2), Paddy Hennessy (0-1), Aaron Ryan (R),(0-4), Paul Hayes (0-1), Andrew Purcell (0-2), Ciaran Carroll, Conor Hammersley (0-13), Seamus Carew (1-1). Subs: Kevin Maher for Aaron Ryan, David Egan for Andrew Purcell, Denis Murphy for Shaun Coffey.
Knockavilla-Kickhams: Damien Hayes, Jake O’Halloran, Eoin Carew, Stephen Griffey, Cathal Morrisse, Johnny Ryan (0-5), Walter O’Carroll, Fionn Hogan, Oisin Slattery, Paddy Slattery (0-4), Davy Butler (2-3), Brendan Ryan (0-2), Gary Heelan, Killian Loughman (1-0), Dean Kelly.