Further wins for Newmarket and Banteer in barony’s premier hurling competition
E TARRANT & SONS DUHALLOW JAHC
Holders Dromtarriffe demonstrated all their class to easily account for Kanturk in Round 1 to the E Tarrant & Sons Skoda Dealer Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship at Kilbrin. A closer encounter had been anticipated but Dromtarriffe possessed too much firepower and scoring ability for Kanturk’s second string.
Though the latter struggled to make headway, they never gave up, Kanturk gained reward on late goals yet there was stopping a rampant Dromtarriffe. A competitive opening saw Dromtarriffe points by Tomás Howard matched by Rory Sheahan and James Fitzpatrick at the opposite end.
Dromtarriffe, runners up to Ballygiblin in last season’s county final, grew into the contest and initiated a series of attacks, Howard pouncing for a well taken goal. Back came Kanturk through the encouraging play of Eamon Hayes, Rory Sheahan and James Fitzpatrick.
And Kanturk appeared to be well in the hunt, a shot from Gavin Kenehen was diverted off the post and in nipped Fitzpatrick to net the rebound. Without too much fuss, Dromtarriffe regained the upperhand, the Howard brothers and Brandon Murphy pointing, Kanturk’s cause not helped on losing Matthew Hootan and trail 1-16 to 1-5 at the interval.
The restart went along similar lines, key to Dromtarriffe’s supremacy was the workrate of Kevin Cremin, Conor O’Callaghan, Evan Murphy, Tomás Howard and Gavin O’Keeffe. A series of penetrating attacks saw Howard blaze over the crossbar with Brandon Murphy and O’Keeffe delivering the pick of well struck points.
In truth, Dromtarriffe were on top throughout the park, taking the options to introduce a number of substitutes that got into the scoring act, Stephen Ahern added creativity to the proceedings on firing home a pair of goals.
Down a player for the second half had left Kanturk shorthand yet they came with a late burst that yielded consolation goals by Kenehen and Rory Sheahan from a close in free. Those scores were very much in damage limitation territory for a brave Kanturk as Dromtarriffe successfully began the initial process towards retaining their divisional title.
Dromtarriffe face into a Round 2 on a meeting against Millstreet with Kanturk seeking a return from their clash with Banteer.
DROMTARRIFFE: D Cremin; R Daly, K Cremin, M O’Gorman; J Kelleher, C O’Callaghan 0-1, A Daly; E Murphy 0-3, D O’Keeffe 0-2; G O’Keeffe 0-4, T Howard 1-8 (0-5f, 0-1’65), S Coyne 0-2; B Murphy 0-7, D O’Connor 0-2, S Howard 0-3 Subs: D Dennehy for R Daly, M O’Connor for T Howard, S Ahern 2-1 for B Murphy, D O’Leary for S Coyne
KANTURK: B Kenneally; S Moylan, A Murphy, C O’Sullivan 0-1; E McAulliffe, E Hayes, B Healy; R Sheahan, 1-3f M Healy; D O’Donoughue 0-1, M Sheehy 0-1, D Kenneally; M Hootan 0-1, J Fitzpatrick 1-1, G Kenehen 1-1
REFEREE: W King (Kilbrin)
E TARRANT & SONS DUHALLOW JAHC
The scoreline testifies to the superiority of Newmarket over Castlemagner in the opening round to the E Tarrant & Sons Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship at Tullylease.
Early on in the contest, Castlemagner had held their own but the concession of goals proved their undoing to trail by six points at the interval. However once Newmarket opened up in the second spell, there was never any danger of their position confirmed on shooting an impressive 1-11 without reply upon the resumption.
The warning signals were flashed in the early exchanges, Castlemagner ‘keeper Danny O’Callaghan diverted away a Conor O’Keeffe rasper for a ’65 that came to nought. That save encouraged Castlemagner for Liam O’Riordan and Stephen Tobin to land the opening pair of points.
Steadily Newmarket got to grips with their game, the response positive on points to O’Keeffe and Cathal Browne to tie up the game for the only occasion. Indeed Newmarket went on the ascendency, O’Keeffe at the end of a long delivery to blast home his side’s initial goal.
Follow up points from Mikey Browne and Jack O’Connor strengthened the winners position but in fairness to Castlemagner, they arrested the slide thanks to the efforts of Donal Gayer, Seán Falvey and Conor Murphy.
Points to Murphy and Tobin offered encouragement yet Newmarket called the shots, another fine save by Castlemagner custodian O’Callaghan saw Browne follow up to net. Again Castlemagner summoned up a burst, further points from Murphy and Tobin trimmed the arrears 2-6 to 0-6 at the interval.
Straight from the restart, Newmarket moved up a gear that Castlemagner failed to live with all through the second half. Key to the league holders dominating was Michael Cottrell guarding the central channel with support from Paudie Allen, Alan Ryan, Jamie Hayes and Mikey Browne.
That allowed a potent Newmarket attack yield telling scores, a run of points complimented by a third goal from Darren O'Keeffe.
Castlemagner struggled to make headway, relying on Conor Murphy points to add to their interval tally.
After a bright opening, Castlemagner had faded in disappointing fashion and an improvement will be required if they harbour hopes of remaining in contention.
NEWMARKET: B Newman; J Hayes, A Ryan, D Norton; J O’Connor 0-1, M Cottrell, P Allen; M Browne 0-1, G Forde 0-3f; K O’Sullivan 0-1, P Browne 0-2, C Browne 1-3; D O’Keeffe 1-2, C O’Keeffe 1-5 (3f), B O’Connor 0-1 Subs: M Lane, T Ryan, C O’Sullivan, N Collins, D Fitzpatrick
CASTLEMAGNER: D O’Callaghan; L Fitzmaurice, D Gayer, T O’Riordan; D Lucey, S Falvey, D Murphy; C Murphy 0-6 (0-4f), A O’Keeffe; S Tobin 0-2f, T Murphy, N Breen; B Healy, P O’Leary, L O’Riordan 0-1 Subs: A Morrissey
REFEREE: W King (Kilbrin)
E TARRANT & SONS DUHALLOW JAHC
Banteer’s slicker finishing proved all too much for Millstreet in the opening round to the E Tarrant & Sons Skoda Dealer Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship at Kanturk. The more balanced victors paraded the greater all round strength in depth, that proved decisive on yielding goals at vital stages.
Though Millstreet began with a promise and purpose, a depleted side couldn’t exert enough influence to stem a growing Banteer tide that capitalised on clear cut opportunities. A tasty opening saw the sides match each other, Banteer points to Denis Roche and Luke Philpott cancelled out by Thomas Walsh, Luke O'Donoughue and David O'Donovan.
However on 8 minutes, Banteer grabbed a vital breakthrough, good work by Richard O'Connor allowed Kevin Tarrant pounce for a goal. That score allowed Banteer to grow on the ascendency, taking encouragement from the key play of O'Connor. Alan Coughlan and Rory O'Connell in defence with Cal Shine and Roche catching the eye.
Though Millstreet answered on points to John O'Mahony and Tomas Sheehan, they faced a hill to climb on the concession of a third goal. Coughlan initiated the move for David Murphy to net, allowing Banteer hold a 2-8 to 0-7 advantage.
The interval gave Millstreet a chance to revive their hopes, taking encouragement from the Beirchreart O'Connor, Alan Murphy and O'Donoughue. Promising raids yielded good points to Sheehan, O'Mahony, Thomas Walsh and Danny Buckley.
However Banteerwere always capable of matching Millstreet's best efforts, indeed Banteer drove on to extend their grips thanks to Philpott performing the spadework for Roche to net and a 3-13 to 0-12 grip by the three quarter mark.
That summed up the difference between the sides, Banteer capable of performing with a style and polish to yield goals whereas Millstreet didn't possess the same goal threat. Still Millstreet probed and five points from Sheehan frees added to their tally yet they had left themselves with too much to do on the concession of the goals with Banteer emerging worthy victors.
A perfect start to the campaign for Banteer ahead of facing Kanturk on Sunday with Millstreet facing a difficult task in the clash against Dromtarriffe.
BANTEER: K Roche; J McAulliffe, M Kearney, C Coughlan; A Coughlan 0-1, R O’Connor, R O’Connell; C Shine 0-2, D Kearney; T Sexton, D McAulliffe, K Tarrant 1-0; D Murphy 1-1, L Philpott 0-2, D Roche 1-9 (0-5f, 0-1'65) Subs: K Sexton for R O’Connell, E O’Brien for D Kearney, B O’Keeffe for D Roche
MILLSTREET: P Dineen; B O’Connor, Aidan Murphy, T Healy; L O’Donoughue, Alan Murphy, D Cashman; T Sheehan, J O’Mahony; E O’Mahony, T Walsh, D Buckley; D O’Donovan, D Kelleher, M O’Connor Subs: K Sheahan for A Murphy, J Kelleher for J O’Mahony, B Cremin for D Kelleher
REFEREE: T O’Donoughue (Newmarket)
Freemount landed an emphatic victory over Dromtarriffe in the opening round of the Duhallow Junior B Hurling Championship at Rathcoole. Despite the best intentions of Dromtarriffe's second string, this proved to be a comprehensive win for the visitors short a number of their county winning side.
Dromtarriffe held their own for stages in the opening half and availed of points from Mark O'Connor and Darragh Crowley. However Freemount possessed the sharper teamwork and a pair of goals from Aidan O'Flynn helped secure a 2-11 to 0-7 advantage by the short whistle.
And Freemount took up the running on the restart, driven on by Michael O'Callaghan and Tommy Nunan in the centre allowed a regular flow of attacks with O'Flynn netting his side's third goal Dromtarriffe responded on well struck points to Seán Cremin and Crowley yet Freemount capitalised on their chances highlighted by a Seán Broderick goal.
FREEMOUNT: C Walsh; D Flynn, S O'Callaghan, J Walsh; J Sheahan, D Curtin, S McSweeney; M O'Callaghan 0-4, T Nunan 0-1; M McSweeney 0-2, P Curtin 0-5, K O'Connor 0-4; M Lynes 0-1, A O'Flynn 3-3, S Broderick 1-1 Sub: C Field 0-2
DROMTARRIFFE: D Hartnett; S O'Riordan, C O'Callaghan, J O'Connell; S Collins, E Mernagh, M Sheehan; M O'Connor 0-3, K O'Sullivan 0-1; A O'Halloran, S Cremin 0-4, M O'Callaghan; D O'Leary 0-1, D Crowley 0-3, P Duggan 0-1
REFEREE: J Kelleher (St. John's)