West Junior A Hurling
Emly 1-12 Clonoulty Rossmore 1-13
Emly qualified for the final of the West Junior A Hurling Championship, where they will meet Kickhams, despite going down by the minimum to Clonoulty Rossmore in the final group game played in Dundrum on Friday evening last. This championship, which featured only three teams this year, saw each team play each other twice. All three teams finished equal on 4 points with Clonoulty losing out on a place in the final by virtue of their inferior score difference.
Emly opened their account in the second minute with a point from centre forward Eoin Buckley. This was cancelled out with a Clonoulty point from a 65 by Andrew Purcell. Tommy Lyng had a goal for Clonoulty after eight minutes. Adrian Dawson kept Emly in touch when he goaled from close range at the railway end after twelve minutes. Purcell had three more points for Clonoulty, Kieran Carroll added two and Sean O’Connor one. Adrian Dawson had three from frees and Pat Buckley put over a 65 to leave Clonoulty ahead at the break by three points on the score Clonoulty Rossmore 1-7 Emly 1-4.
Emly had the better of the exchanges in the second half and outscored Clonoulty by nine points to six and finished the game much stronger. Adrian Dawson contributed six points from placed balls, punishing Clonoulty’s indiscipline. Michael Ring and Shane Carroll had the other two. Clonoulty’s scores in the second period came from Andrew Purcell John Heffernan, Kieran Carroll, Martin Sadlier and Sean O’Connor. Clonoulty never looked like scoreing the goal that was required, to up their score difference, in this perioid with the Emly defence holding firm , being well marshalled by full back Ciaran McAuley and man of the match, Pat Buckley at centre half back. Adrian Dawson punished the Clonoulty defence from placed balls and was assisted by Eoin Buckley. Anthony Kearney tried hard for Clonoulty in defence. Sean O’Connor won the midfield battle. Kieran Carroll tried hard throughout and was the pick of the forwards contributing three points from play.