South Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship
Impressive opening half sets Killenaule on their way

South Senior Hurling

South Senior Hurling

Championship

Killenaule 3-15

Carrick Davins 1-12

In the South Senior Hurling Championship game played in Clonmel on Saturday last the wind favoured Killenaule in the opening half and they made full use of it with an impressive 3-11 on the scoreboard by the break, with John O’Dwyer contributing 3-8, including a goal from a free.

He scored 2-3 in the first five minutes to shatter Carrick Davins chances in the championship, with only one game remaining against Mullinahone.

On the other hand Killenaule now have qualified for the semi Finals with two games remaining against Carrick Swans and Mullinahone,

In the opening minute John O’Dwyer scored a point from play and within a minute Killenaule were awarded a free 20m out that John O’Dwyer sent to the back of the net, Carrick Davins on their first attack were awarded a free that JJ Butler pointed.

From the puckout Killenaule were awarded a free that John O’Dwyer scored a point from, with the same player soon getting on the end of a passing movement to crash home a second goal, with Michael Hackett getting no chance to save his shot.

O’Dwyer added a point from a free 80m out in the 6th minute with the score Killenaule 2-3 Carrick Davins 0-1.

Tony Doyle was next on the scoreboard with an excellent point.

Davins began to come into the game for the next 8 minutes and JJ Butler added 2 points from play to leave the score Killenaule 3-4 to Carrick Davins 0-3.

With Daniel Guinan playing well at wing forward for Killenaule they added a point from play, with John O’Dwyer scoring a point from a free before Stephen Moroney replied with an excellent point for Davins when he burst through from the corner.

Within a minute JJ Butler added a point from a free before Niall O’Dwyer (Killenaule) scored a point from well over 90m out to leave the score at the end of the first quarter Killenaule 2-7 Carrick Davins 0-5.

In the second quarter Killenaule continued where they started with a point from Daniel Guinan.

Davins replied with a point from a free by JJ Butler before John O O’Dwyer was the last player on an excellent move started by Declan Fanning to send a pile driver past Michael Hackett for his third goal.

The same player added a point from a free in the 27th minute.

Then a counter attack by Noelie Butler set up Stephen Moroney who ran at Killenaule’s defence and kicked the ball past Gerry Kennedy for his team’s only goal.

However this revival was short-lived as Killenaule added 2 points from frees by John O’Dwyer before the end of the first half to leave the score Killenaule 3-11 Carrick Davins 1-6.

After the interval much was expected from Carrick Davins but it was Killenaule who opened the scoring with a point from play by Stephen Hannigan.

It was five minutes before Davins got a free from which JJ Butler scored a point.

Killenaule added 2 points from frees by John O’Dwyer before the end of the third quarter.

In the final quarter Davins put in a mighty challenge, scoring 4 points without reply, all those scores coming from frees, two from JJ Butler and two long-range efforts by Lee Mackey.

With five minutes to go Killenaule brought on Michael Doyle for the injured Kevin Prendergast while Davins introduced Eoghan Power for Stephen Cronin. Killenaule got their final point, which appropriately was from a free scored by John O’Dwyer.

Davins also introduced Shane Waters and in the last few minutes created three goal chances, with none coming off, including hitting the upright. They had only a long-range point from Lee Mackey to show for for their final flurry.

Killenaule’s county and ex-county players came to the fore with Declan Fanning, Kieran Bergin and Joe O’Dwyer all showing their worth when put under pressure and the dominance of John O’Dwyer up front, along with Daniel Guinan and Tony Doyle, shows they will be a force to be reckoned with in the concluding stages of the South championship.

Those who caught the eye for a gallant Davins team were Willie O’Dwyer, Michael Ryan, the Butlers, Noel and JJ; and Shane and Stephen Moroney.

Scorers - Killenaule - John O Dwyer 3-9 (Frees 1-8), Paul Guinan 0-2, Niall O Dwyer 0-1, Tony Doyle 0-1, Stephen Hannigan 0-2.

Carrick Davins - J J Butler 0-8 (7 frees) Stepehen Moroney 1-1, Lee Mackey 0-3 frees.

Killenaule - Gerry Kennedy, Stephen Browne, Paddy Codd, Pat O’Connor, Kieran Bergin, Declan Fanning, Joe O’Dwyer, Niall O’Dwyer, Thomas Keaveney, Daniel Guinan, John O’Dwyer, Kevin Prendergast, Damien McCormack, Tony Doyle, Stephen Hannigan. Sub - Michael Doyle (55 minutes).

Carrick Davins - Michael Hackett, Keith Condon, Richie McGrath, Stephen Cronin, Michael Ryan, Lee Mackey, Willie O’Dwyer, Jim Walsh, Pa Harris, Noel Butler, Gerry Robinson, Michael Coady, Stephen Moroney, JJ Butler, Shane Butler. Subs - Eoghan Power (55 minutes) and Shane Waters (58 minutes).

Referee - Brian Tyrell (Commercials).