A replay will be required to separate Knockshegowna and Knockavilla following a highly-entertaining County JHC ‘A’ semi-final played at Templemore on Saturday afternoon, Knock’ 1-17 to Kickhams’ 3-11.
For the majority of this contest Knockshegowna had the edge, but had issues in their full-back line with Knockavilla plundering 3-8 from play.
Three Declan Costello points (all frees) and an effort from Scott Hodgins helped Knockshegowna into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead inside the opening twelve minutes with Killian Loughman and John O’Brien responding for Knockavilla.
A classy three-minute spell, featuring points from Dan Breen and the impressive Brendan Ryan (two), saw Knockavilla scoot into a 0-5 to 0-4 lead by the 15th minute.
Knockshegowna led 1-9 to 1-7 at the break with the Kickhams goal from Brendan Ryan.
They extended the lead to 1-14 to 1-8 by the 39th minute but Killian Loughman fired home his side’s second goal to cut the deficit significantly and when Loughman added a point in the 41st minute Knockshegown’a lead was down to two (1-14 to 2-9).
Declan Costello pointed for Knockshegowna before Brendan Ryan hit his second goal and points from Ryan and Peter Comerford (free) put Kickhams 3-11 to 1-15 up. with time running out.
But the North men came back strongly with points from Colin Browne and Declan Costello forcing the draw and a replay.
Kickhams: Thomas Ryan, David Horgan, Rory O’Dwyer, David Shanahan, Pádraig Morrissey, Tommy Comerford (0-1, 0-1 ’65), Brendan Farrell, Shane Morrissey, Conor Horan, Ger Farrell, Dan Breen (0-1), Peter Comerford (0-1, 0-1 free), Brendan Ryan (2-4), John O’Brien (0-1), Killian Loughman (1-3). Subs: Stephen Griffey, Aidan Butler.
Knockshegowna: Richard King, Adrian Browne, David King, Paul King, Michael O’Brien, Séamus Kennedy, Colin Browne (0-1), Graham Gohery (0-1), Brian Bond, Scott Hodgins (0-2), Eamon Murphy (0-1), Darren Browne, Denis Cahill (0-1), Joseph Cleary, Declan Costello (1-11, 0-8 frees, 0-1 ’65). Subs: David Downey, Fergal Bond