Kent's late free denies St Pat's

Published 29/07/2014 | 00:00

EMMET KENT was equal to the pressure of the situation entering the fourth minute of added time when he landed the levelling point for Clongeen from a free in this Top Oil Intermediate 'A' hurling championship Group A encounter with St. Patrick's in Castleboro on Friday last.

EMMET KENT was equal to the pressure of the situation entering the fourth minute of added time when he landed the levelling point for Clongeen from a free in this Top Oil Intermediate 'A' hurling championship Group A encounter with St. Patrick's in Castleboro on Friday last.

The full-time whistle was blown on the puck-out, leaving both sides with three points from a possible six as the competition moves into the phase where the men will be separated from the boys.

And while that late point was priceless for the south county outfit, their strong start to the second-half was just as important. Trailing by 1-9 to 0-8 at the break, they were on level terms by the 35th minute after two fine long-range pointed frees from Paudie Cullen were followed by efforts from Jamesie Rochford and a Cullen '65.

It was nip and tuck from then until the finish, with never more than two points between the sides and a draw always a strong possibility. Neither team could create any daylight, with St. Patrick's ahead by 1-13 to 0-15 at the start of the last quarter after Stephen Ryan ('65 and free), excellent teenager John Doyle and Peter Roche picked off points.

Emmet Kent (free), Paudie Cahill and Christopher Cullen were all on target at the other end and although Ryan hit the last three scores from placed balls for the Ballyoughter men, each one drew a response from Cullen, Kent (free) and Kent again from play in that order.

It looked like Clongeen's best chance to equalise had gone when corner-back James Cousins intercepted a Ger Foxe cross and was fouled in the 62nd minute, but there was still time for Kent to get that one last chance which he converted with ease.

St. Patrick's had owed that 1-9 to 0-8 half-time lead to a strong start as they surged clear by 1-3 to 0-1 in the sixth minute when Tommy Dunne finished the rebound from a Gary Curley shot to the net.

There was nothing between them for the remainder of the game though, and both will now face into crucial fourth round ties as Clongeen take on Marshalstown-Castledockrell while St. Patrick's meet Crossabeg-Ballymurn.

Clongeen: Ricky Rochford; Stephen Curtis, Barry Foxe, Marty Reville; Ger Foxe, Paudie Cullen (0-3, 2 frees, 1 '65), Davy Whelan; Paul Curtis, Donal Murphy; Christopher Cullen (0-2), Emmet Kent (0-11, 7 frees, 1 '65), Enda Murphy (capt.); Jamesie Rochford (0-2), Collie Byrne, Paudie Cahill (0-1). Subs. - Donal Whelan for Davy Whelan (24), Gary O'Grady for Byrne (55), Tony Bennett for Cahill (55).

St. Patrick's: Stuart Quinn (capt.); James Cousins, Tynan Flynn, Enda Murphy; Hughie Doyle, Michael O'Brien, Daryl Murphy; Tommy Morris, Peter Roche (0-1); John Doyle (0-3), John Cousins, Mark Furlong; Tommy Dunne (1-0), Gary Curley (0-1), Stephen Ryan (0-11, 8 frees, 2 '65s). Subs. - Lorcan Hamilton for John Cousins (50), John Cousins for Curley (63).

Referee: Nicholas Kehoe (Cloughbawn).

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