Intermediate Hurling Championship FT: Kilmoyley 3-13; Austin Stacks 2-7.
On a shocking Tuesday evening (25th July) in Lerrig for any sport, not to mind Hurling, both sides put up a fine performance despite the heavy rain and strong breeze that favoured Kilmoyley in the first half of this quarter final of the Co. IH Championship.
With the elements against us and with no competitive hurling for twenty day it was understandable that it would take us some time to get to the pace of the game. We trailed at half time by 3-7 to 0-2. Our first point came from play in the 13th minute after a lovely move involving Ronan Gilsenan and Andrew Morrissey which was finished off by Michael O’Leary.
We had a very good second half, outscoring the opposition by 2-5 to 0-6. Our first point in this half was the score of the game – a ball fielded right on the side-line and over 70m out by team captain, Andrew Morrissey and from that spot Andrew floated the ball long and high between the posts. This spurred on our boys, and three minutes later Ronan Gilsenan found Paul Daly whose high ball into square was finished to the net by Peter O’Regan – great to see Pete back again for his first game of the season.
Paul Daly was unerring from frees, putting over three more in this half . Our second goal came in the 17th minute when Ciarán Breen and Michael O’Leary combined to lob another high ball into the square and it was substitute, Kenneth O’Sullivan who got the last touch on this occasion. Rory Forbes had our last point of the game, to cap a fine performance by him.
It was good to see Colm Ó Giollagáin making his way back from injury, lining out in goals instead of his normal forward position, and it was also good to see Brian Delee making his competitive debut (he did play in a recent challenge game) and he did very well at full back. But all our 18 players who lined out on this dreadful evening put up a great show and it wasn’t for lack of effort on their part that we didn’t get over the line.
Team: Colm Ó Giollagáin, Kevin O’Leary, Brian Delee, Seán King, Johnny Downey, Eoghan McKivergan, Andrew Morrissey (Capt) (0-1), Killian O’Riordan, Robert Byrne, Michael O’Leary (0-1), Ciarán Breen, Rory Forbes (0-1), Ronan Gilsenan, Peter O’Regan (1-0), Paul Daly (0-4 frees).
Subs used: Kenneth O’Sullivan (35m) (1-0), Tadgh Meehan (55m), Ian Moynihan (57m).