First half lays work for Banteer win over Kilbrin
Duhallow JAHC Round 2: Banteer 0-19 Kilbrin 1-13
Banteer absorbed a late Kilbrin surge to claim a fully deserved victory in round 2 to the Kanturk Co-Op Mart Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship in Kilbrin on last Friday evening.
Apart from brief spells, the victors always looked to be more determined and the resolute outfit. And having built up a six point interval advantage, Banteer comfortably defended it in the face of an improved second half performance from the defending holders.
In a repeat clash from last season's divisional decider where Banteer delivered a poor showing, they redeemed themselves in splendid fashion. For Kilbrin's part, they were short of their best and disappointed on the way the game panned out yet they remain in the hunt and face a stiff test against Newmarket to revive their fortunes.
The sides were locked together early on, a Denis Roche point for Banteer cancelled out by a neatly struck sideline by Stephen O'Reilly for Kilbrin. Banteer remained energetic and enterprising, points chalked up by Roche, Kevin Tarrant and Conor Murphy.
And though O'Reilly answered on a pair of pointed frees to trim the arrears to the minimum, Banteer looked the more convincing side was beyond dispute. That owed much to the dominance of Brendan Weathers, Martin Kearney and Murphy in defence, Tarrant and Coughlan controlled midfield with David Murphy and Roche more than a handful in attack.
Indeed Banteer passed up great chances, Roche blasted a penalty over the crossbar as did Eamonn O'Flynn with Kilbrin net-minder Paudie O'Callaghan denying Roche with a faubulous save.
After passing up goaling opportunities, for a spell, Banteer had left their opponents off the hook as the reigning champions remained in the hunt from points to Niall Field, Garrett Linehan and O'Reilly.
Still Banteer retained the initiative, a productive spurt yielded points to Roche, Coughlan and Tarrant that helped secure a 0-12 to 0-6 interval grip.
Though Banteer extended their position on the restart, Kilbrin crept back into contention through the workrate of Tom O'Reilly, Cillian Buttimer, Daniel Sheahan and Stephen O'Reilly. And Kilbrin were right back in the hunt, Toss Mullane's created the opening for Eoin Sheahan to goal.
A follow up point to Shane Crowley left two between the sides only for Banteer to respond courtesy of points to David Murphy and David McAulliffe.
Still the issue remained firmly in the balance during the closing quarter, Kilbrin narrowed the arrears to the minimum after back to back points from Daniel Sheahan and another by Stephen O'Reilly.
The tension rose, Kilbrin substitute Noel O'Callaghan incurred a red card yet Kilbrin tried desperately to rescue the situation. Crucially Banteer held firm and finished on a positive note for clinching points by Roche and Murphy to close out the game.
BANTEER: K Roche; K Sexton, M Kearney, J Twohig; C Murphy 0-1, B Weathers, D Kearney; K Tarrant 0-4, C Coughlan 0-2; J Sexton, R O'Connor, E O'Flynn 0-1; T Sexton, D Murphy 0-4 (2f), D Roche 0-6 (4f). Subs. D McAulliffe 0-1 for J Sexton, B O'Keeffe for O'Flynn.
KILBRIN: P O'Callaghan; C Buttimer, T O'Reilly, T Mullane; W Corkery, D Sheahan 0-2, T Cantillon; S Crowley 0-1, G Linehan 0-2; W Heffernan, E Sheahan 1-0, N Field 0-1; S O'Reilly 0-7 (5f, 1 sl), E Murphy, D Daly. Subs. M Linehan for Daly, N O'Callaghan for Murphy.
Referee: S Stokes (Tullylease).