Freemount and Banteer remain unbeaten after JAHL draw
Published 09/05/2013 | 09:49
BANTEER summoned up a late offensive and an all important Paul Cremin pointed free to claim a share of the spoils with Freemount in the Kanturk Credit Union JAHL played in Banteer.
On doing so, both sides preserved their unbeaten run and the pair are fancied to reach the knockout phase.
Little separated the team in the opening quarter in open and entertaining fare. Steadily Freemount enjoyed the better of the exchanges with Michael O'Regan, Mark and Alan Ballentyne to the fore.
And well taken points to Jason Ballentyne and Aidan O'Flynn boosted the visitors though a Banteer goal from Kevin Tarrant reduced the leeway 0-12 to 1-4 at the break.
The pace of Banteer's game quickened considerably upon the restart. Backed by the breeze, Banteer's cause was helped by the influence that Richard O'Connor, Brian O'Keeffe, Cremin and Brendan Withers brought to the game.
Freemount hit a lone reply from Jason Ballentyne. Banteer chipped away at the deficit from white flags for Withers and Cremin. Late on, Freemount passed up on a number of scoring opportunities.
Banteer searched for a late reprieve and they got it from a 59th minute free converted by Cremin.
A superior first half push backboned hosts Millstreet to take back to back wins on overcoming Castlemagner.
At their best, Millstreet put together a well organised and efficient team performance. Millstreet who produced the better start, availing of the input of Mark Ellis, Donough McCarthy and David McCaul to hold a strangle hold on the proceedings.
A goal from Ellis helped Millstreet take a commanding 1-10 to 0-2 interval grip. Though the hosts added to their tally upon the resumption, a breeze assisted Castlemagnrer came more into the picture.
Much of their good work came from the improving fortunes of Pat Gayer, Seán Falvey and Conor Murphy. In attack, Stephen Tobin clipped over nicely taken points before Alan Gould netted.
Millstreet read the danger and regained control, evident from a late Paddy Healy goal.
Kilbrin survived a scare from Tullylease in an entertaining game in Tullylease.
Effectively, Kilbrin ensured a favourable ending to a game by weathering intense early home pressure. And the visitors side made far the better utilisation of chances created that contrasted to wasteful play by Tullylease.
Indeed Tullylease laid down a marker from the outset with Liam O'Connor and Alan Sheehy influencial, their intentions confirmed on an early goal and three follow up points helped grab a hold of the proceedings.
Hard though as Tullylease attempted to mount a comeback, Kilbrin always held an ability to mount a challenge through the pivotal play of Michéal O'Riordan, Daniel Sheahan and Garreth Linehan.