Borris-Ileigh Too Strong For Kilruane MacDonagh’s

By Liam Hogan

County Senior Hurling

Championship Round Two

Borris-Ileigh 0-21

Kilruane MacDonagh’s 0-16

Borris-Ileigh had five points to spare over Kilruane in the second round of the County senior hurling championship after the sides met in Toomevara last Sunday.

Scores were level five times in the opening twenty five minutes before Borris-Ileigh went two points up but had to settle for a 0-11 to 0-10 lead at the break. Two quick scores gave Borris-Ileigh a three point lead within two minutes of the restart. But Kilruane cut the deficit to one by the 35th minute. Borris-Ileigh went three up by the fortieth with their lead fluctuating between two and three for the remaining thirteen minutes before three late points from man of the match, Brendan Maher put the result to bed.

Maher was outstanding as he amassed a total of 0-11 with five points coming from play.

Maher was well supported by a sound defence where Rory Kinane, Philip Maher and Sean Maher hurled manfully. Jody Harkin kept his goaline clean while Paddy Stapleton and Martin Maher did well in half back. Sean McCormack was also solid but faced the excellent Justin Cahill.

And if Brendan Maher excelled, so too did his partner Tomas Fahy. Mark Bourke carried a leg injury into the game but scored three points nonetheless. Dan McCormack managed two more from centre forward while Benny Harkin got in a good hour while Vincent Stapleton and Keith Ryan caught the eye.

Kilruane needed more than Justin Cahill to keep their flag flying. Brian O’Meara tried hard and Kieran Cahill had a good first half with Thomas Williams well involved.

Niall O’Meara battled in his usual fashion. The centre back had support from Jack Peters and Pat Conway with Eanna Hogan, Pat Williams along with Martin Walsh who replaced Diarmuid Cahill working hard through the hour.

Goalkeeper, Thomas Williams came to his sides rescue a few times when leaving his post to avert any danger. Kevin Quinlan proved a strong influence on his introduction the second half.

Kilruane played into the town end and Ray McLoughney had them first of the mark with a free after twenty five seconds. Thirty seconds later Vincent Stapleton leveled before Kieran Cahill gave MacDonaghs the lead and Brendan Maher leveled in the fifth.

Three minutes later, Maher put Borris ahead after winning his own puckout with Brian O’Meara leveling matters after a feed from Justin Cahill.

Martin Maher was busy in denying any threat from Kilruane. William Cleary and Pat Conway kept the MacDonaghs on the attack as Cleary put Kilruane ahead and Justin Cahill added another score in the 13th minute.

The lead didn’t last long. Paddy Stapleton and Martin Maher provided much ball for their attack as Mark Bourke and a Brendan Maher free from his own sixty five had the teams level. Brian O’Meara won a free and McLoughney edged Kilruane ahead in the 19th minute and two minutes later McLoughney has MacDonaghs two clear after Thomas Cleary was fouled.

From the Borris puckout, Benny Harkin scored but the score for score sequence continued as Thomas Williams puckout reached Brian O’Meara who put Kilruane two to the good for the third time in the half.

Brendan Maher’s excellent free from half way and close to the sideline left Borris one in arrears before Thomas Fahy leveled in the 25th minute. Another Kilruane move led to a foul on Thomas Cleary but Ray McLoughney’s free was low and saved by the alert Borris defence. When play swung towards the Kilruane end, Mark Bourke scored. Further Borris pressure earned a free for Brendan Maher to extend the lead on the half hour mark.

Three minutes of added time was allowed and Ray McLoughney availed with a pointed free after Jonathon Cahill won a free on his first touch since replacing Michael Costello. Another Thomas Fahy point had Borris two up again. Action in front of the Kilruane goal saw Vincent Stapleton fouled resulting in a penalty to Borris. Brendan Maher went low with his shot crashing of the crossbar and Kilruane cleared with Justin Cahill racing up the left wing to create a good score leaving the half time score at Borris 0-11 Kilruane 0-10. Two Dan McCormack points increased the lead to three for Borris. A pair of Ray McLoughney frees kept Kilruane in touch after Brian O’Meara and Justin Cahill were fouled. Dan McCormack went through the Kilruane cover before earning free which Maher converted which was followed by a Mark Bourke score in the 40th minute.

Borris should have extended their lead but suffered from stage fright with the side hitting three points on the trot and they would add another six before hours end. Meanwhile Kieran Cahill and Justin Cahill combined for the latter to score. Paddy Stapleton cut off another Kilruane attack, passed to Brendan Maher who then scored a sublime point just inches from the sideline and fifty five metres out.

Mark O’Leary returned to the scene in a bid to keep Kilruane in the race as Brian O’Meara made his mark with a valuable point for Kilruane but Benny Harkin made space along the left touchline to score after a good clearance by Philip Maher. Three points up and ten minutes remaining looked the tonic for Borris but a Ray McLoughney free from sixty five metres reduced the margin to two. Brendan Maher’s sixty three metre free had three separating the teams again before another McLoughney free left two separating the side once more. That was Kilruane’s last score. Seven minutes remained and thirty seconds later another Maher free was the beginning of a late run by the maroons boys with the same player adding two late frees to allow his team into the last sixteen.

Scorers - Borris-Ileigh- B Maher 0-11 (0-6f); M Bourke 0-3; D McCormack, B Harkin and T Fahy 0-2 each; V Stapleton 0-1. Kilruane- R McLoughney 0-8 (0-8f); B O’Meara and Justin Cahill 0-3; W Cleary and K Cahill 0-1 each

Borris-Ileigh: Jody Harkin: Rory Kinane, Philip Maher, Sean Maher; Martin Maher, Sean McCormack, Paddy Stapleton; Brendan Maher, Thomas Fahey; Mark Bourke (C), Dan McCormack, Ciaran Cowan; Benny Harkin Vincent Stapleton, Keith Ryan.
Subs: Cathal Bourke for C Cowan (46); Paidi Stapleton for M Bourke (60)

Kilruane MacDonagh’s: Thomas Williams; Diarmuid Cahill, Eanna Hogan, Pat Williams; Pat Conway, Niall Cahill, Jack Peters; Michel Costello, William Cleary; Thomas Williams, Justin Cahill, Brian O’Meara; Kieran Cahill, Ray McLoughney, Eoin Williams. Subs: Martin Walsh for D Cahill [inj] (24); Jonathon Cahill for Costello (26); Shane Quinlan for E Williams (42); Kevin Quinlan for W Cleary {inj] (45); mark O’Leary for Jon Cahill (51).

Referee - Johnnie Ryan, Boherlahan.