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U-16 Hurling Championship Division 1 Round 1 : Ballinkillen v Carlow Town HC

posted 22 Jun 2014, 03:43 by Neil McLoughlin   [ updated 22 Jun 2014, 03:45 ]
20th June 2014

Ballinkillen 4-13 Carlow Town HC 0-08

CTHC - Diarmuid Murphy 0-1, Darragh Murphy 0-3, Cian Sweeney 0-1, Darragh Heneghan 0-1, Philip Hegarty 0-2.
Ballinkillen - Shane Nolan 2-1, Ciaran Dowling 1-2, Ciaran Whelan 1-5, Colin Bolger 1-3, Mark Treacy 0-1, Thomas Dowling 0-1.

Ballinkillen secured a first win of the championship in a gripping encounter on Friday night. Carlow Town started far better and early points from Darragh Murphy saw them open up a 3 point lead. The home side were slow to settle and were in trouble for long spells of the opening half. A Colin Bolger free after a foul on Sean Cummins saw them settle into the game and slowly they began to get a foothold in the game. The full back line of Eoin Kavanagh and Tommy Bric were simply magnificent for the home side - and they had to be! With Diarmuid Murphy, Alex O´Meara and Philip Hegarty all causing problems for the visitors, it took a piece of good fortune to spark the visitors into life. A speculative free from 45m from sub Ciaran Whelan deceived CTHC goalie Kevin Murphy and Aidan Curran on the goal line. A cruel blow for the goalie who produced a brilliant double save just moments before. This left the halftime score as Ballinkillen 1-04 CTHC 0-05.
A change in attitude and tempo was needed from the home side and they duly delivered. Mark Treacy lead the line from midfield and with U-14 players like Niall Hickey, Kyle Harenberg belying their age and stepping up to the plate the scores began to come. The accurate Shane Nolan got the key goal to break CTHC hearts after a great move involving Cormac Lomax and Sean McDermott. Ruari Curran was excellent in the corner for the visitors but he couldn't stop the home team adding scores as they exploited the space. They replied through a brace of Darragh Murphy scores, and only for the alert Conor Treacy in goal, would have had 2 goals. They game was secured after Ciaran Dowling pounced on a break in the square following a great run down the middle by Thomas Dowling. Ciaran Whelan added a few points after wonderful interplay by the influential subs Eoin Quirke and Jack Treacy.
The score line doesn't do justice to the men in white. Had their radar been better when they were on top in the first half they certainly could have produced a shock. The home side will be happy with the win to start the year off.