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Kilkenny Hurling League (Iverk) Semi-final v The Rower Inistioge

posted 23 May 2012, 16:07 by Unknown user   [ updated 3 Jun 2012, 09:31 ]
Ballinkillen 0-20 Rower Inistioge 0-15 after extra time

Ballinkillen fought to the end to win the semi-final of the Kilkenny League in Graiguenamanagh and to book a place in the final against either Ballyhale or Mullinavat on the Bank holiday weekend. This match was played in a tough but sporting fashion with the game flowing either way all through. The Ballinkillen players' never say die, youthful and purposeful attitude won out in the end against a tough Rower team. All credit has to go to both sides for the entertainment produced as nobody left this arena before the final whistle.

The game played in perfect conditions was 4 minutes old and had witnessed a number of attacks for each side before Dion Wall scored the first point. David English followed from a free on the 6th minute but an immediate response came from corner forward Danny Cotter when the Rower forward was pushed in the back. Sean Murphy scored a beautiful point on the 7th minute after a high catch and piercing run at the defence. John Kenny scored on the 9th after a poor clearance, followed by Cotterall again a minute later for an adjudged pick up by the Ballinkillen defence. English and Cotterall traded frees over the next 5 minutes, 3 to 2 in favour of Ballinkillen. The game was tough with good hurling from both sides in defence. James Kinsella, English and Hughes were getting the better of their men and Lauren Kinsella growing into it as the game went on. Up front, Sean Murphy was fielding a lot of ball with Craig Wall running at the Rower backs. The first half ended with a wonderful line ball from the 45m line by Dion Wall to leave the sides level at 0-7 each going in at the break.

On the restart English scored a free after Sean Murphy was tripped, Cottrell scored a minute later after a foul by John Ryan on John Kenny. The Rower powered forward to score the next three points and only for hard work and a great point by Vinny Meaney, Ballinkillen looked in trouble. Even though the team were working hard, the scores were hard to come by as the Rower were expressing their physical strength. With ten minutes to go, the Rower were leading by 0-12 to 0-9 after a another line ball sored by Niall Ling. Ballinkillen could have dropped the heads but Peter Minchin started the comeback with a good point from the sideline. Dion Wall stepped up and took over the free taking duties and showed great maturity to put the minimum between the teams on the 25t h minute. Marty Dalton was fouled having won good ball, taking on his man and leaving him with no option. David English scored from long range to level the game, only for Lyng to score his second line ball of the game. All three were scored from the same spot. The run of the day was a choice between Sean Murphy's catch, run and score in the first or a run with a couple of minutes to go by English won ball on his own half back line, burst forward to the Rower 21, passed to Marty inside but was taken out after the pass. The referee did not give advantage and blew for a foul. Dion to levelled the score. There was time left for the Ballinkillen backs to win the puck out, get the ball forward and win a free on the Rower '65 which was missed. The game went into injury time. Both teams looked tired, but were well up for the fight. Michael Coady gave The Rower the first blood in extra time with a point 3 minutes in. This turned out to be their only score in that half of extra time and now the youth of Ballinkillen showed as the team fought for everything with Vinny Meaney scoring a tough point after battling, moving forward and slotting home. Darren Dalton repeated the scene a minute later.

Craig Wall finished the half with another for Ballinkillen leaving the score 0-17 to 0-13 for Ballinkillen. Working hard, defending with passion and attacking with purpose, Ballinkillen deserved the lead on the ten minutes of hurling. Dermot Foley, using his speed, helped the half back line after coming in for Tomas Kinsella - who came all the way from Canada for this one!

The second half of extra time was a brilliant team performance. Around James Kinsella and David English nothing stayed still for long. In midfield Sean and Craig ran hard and up front the forwards had too much pace for the Rower team. Dion Wall completed the scoring of three frees to see Ballinkillen win by 0-20 to 0-15. Every player worked with attitude, Dion Wall standing out, scoring 0-8(7f,1lb), having taken over when the physical exertions were taking a toll on David English’s free taking. David having another massive game along with Sean Murphy high catching and deliveries, Craig Wall’s work rate and defence never giving an inch.

Ballinkillen are now into the final in 10 days time so watch this space and with the work rate of the semi they are in with a chance.


Martin Minchin, John Hughes, James Kinsella, Lauren Kinsella, Sean Minchin, David English(0-6), John Ryan, Craig Wall(0-1), Sean Murphy(0-1), Peter Minchin(0-1), Vincent Meaney(0-2), Dion Wall(0-8), Marty Dalton, Darren Dalton(0-1), Tomas Kinsella. Subs Dermot Foley