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Causeway and Ballyduff should be happy with draw as accuracy lets both sides down

Kieran O’Carroll scores game’s only goal as Paul McGrath lands 0-8 for Causeway


Kieran Leahy, Causeway, and Aidan Boyle, Ballyduff, in action in their County SHC Round 2 game at Austin Stack Park. Photo by Domnick Walsh

Kieran Leahy, Causeway, and Aidan Boyle, Ballyduff, in action in their County SHC Round 2 game at Austin Stack Park. Photo by Domnick Walsh

Kieran Leahy, Causeway, and Aidan Boyle, Ballyduff, in action in their County SHC Round 2 game at Austin Stack Park. Photo by Domnick Walsh



Ballyduff 1-11

Causeway 0-14

Ballyduff’s entry into the county hurling championship saw them dig out a draw and a point against neighbours and rivals Causeway, themselves moving to three points in Group 1 after their narrow win over St Brendans the previous weekend.

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A Kieran O’Carroll goal – flicked to the net from Mikey Boyle’s dropping ball from his effort at a point – three minutes into the second half was, arguably, Ballyduff’s key score, while Paul McGrath fired over eight points for Causeway and team mate Dan Goggin landed three from play.

Though it was a low scoring affair, this was a tough arm wrestle of a match, well contested by both sides in good conditions on a dry pitch.

A stiff breeze blew down into the Horan Centre end, but neither team was able to utilise it to any great degree: Causeway registered six wides playing with the wind in the first half while Ballyduff were just as wasteful with eight wides in the second.

Causeway took a marginal 0-7 to 0-6 lead to the interval, but to say they enjoyed a half-time lead would be stretching it. Truth is they registered almost as many wides (six) as the seven points they scored, and seeing as they played with that very stiff breeze they couldn’t have been best pleased with their opening half hour’s work.

Ballyduff didn’t strike a wide in that first half but they dropped four shots into John Mike Dooley’s grateful hands in the Causeway goal as both teams struggled for accuracy throughout.

Ballyduff deployed Mikey Boyle into full forward from the start and his brother Podge to midfield, though he sat deeper than that for much of the first half, sweeping around that half back line. Podge’s was the first score of the game, a pointed free from near the sideline, and Ballyduff were 0-4 to 0-1 in front by the 11th minute after follow up points from Kieran O’Carroll (2) and Aodhan Curley.

McGrath converted the first of his frees, followed by a Tommy Casey point to keep Causeway in touch. McGrath then converted another four frees, while Goggin pointed from 50 metres to help Causeway to that slender half time lead, with Daniel O’Carroll and Kieran O’Carroll on target for Ballyduff.

It all added up to that one-point lead for Causeway, but with the wind advantage to come the game hung, ever so slightly, in Ballyduff’s favour.

That perception was strengthened just three minutes into the second half when Mikey Boyle’s strike for a point dropped short for O’Carroll to meet the ball ahead of Dooley and direct to across the goal line. After some consultation between referee and umpires the goal stood to make it 1-6 to 0-8.

Tommy Barrett and Kevin Goulding traded scores before Joseph Diggins pointed for Causeway to level the game, 0-10 to 1-7.

Both teams were creating enough chances to kick for the winning line but accuracy was an albatross around both sides’ necks. That said, both defences were on top too, with Muiris Delaney excellent for Causeway at full back, and Kyle O’Connor hurling brilliantly for Ballyduff at no.4. 

Tommy Barrett and Jason Diggins didn’t do much wrong for Causeway either, while Daniel O’Carroll and Adam Segal were always prominent in the Ballyduff defence.

The wides continued to mount for both teams, with neither side able to find a run of scores. The last quarter saw both sides hold the lead briefly, but when McGrath converted a ‘65’ in the 58th minute to put Causeway 0-14 to 1-10 ahead it looked as if they might hold on for a second win in a week. 

But Ballyduff weren’t done yet. Two minutes into the four of additional time Podge Boyle converted an equalising free after being fouled himself, though he surely entertained thoughts of keeping the 25-metre free low for a goal.

Two minutes later Jason Diggins had a free on his own ‘65’ to win it for Causeway but it drifted wide in keeping with a wasteful day for both teams.

BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman, Anthony Kavanagh, Sean O'Connor, Kyle O’Connor, Thomas Slattery, Daniel O’Carroll 0-1, Adam Segal, David Goulding 0-2, Mikey Boyle, Anthony O’Carroll, Aodhan Curley 0-1, Padraig Boyle 0-3 (3f), Kevin Goulding 0-1, Dylan Moriarty, Kieran O’Carroll 1-3. Subs: Aidan Boyle for A Kavanagh (37), Paul O’Carroll for A Curley (52).

CAUSEWAY: John Mike Dooley, Anthony Fealy, Muiris Delaney, Kieran Leahy, Tommy Barrett 0-1, Jason Diggins, Tommy Casey 0-1, Keith Carmody, Gerard Leen, Joseph Diggins 0-1, Paul McGrath 0-8 (5f, 1 ‘65’), Daniel Mahoney, Daniel Goggin 0-3, Colm Harty, Gavin Dooley. Subs: Gary Carey for Daniel Mahoney (ht), Adam Whyte for T Casey (temp, 52-55), Mark Murphy for G Carey (57).

REFEREE: Ciaran O’Regan (Cork)