By Noel Dundon
Donal and Rose Young
Mid Junior B Hurling Final
Holycross Ballycahill 1-17
Holycross Ballycahill’s impressive mixture of youth and experience helped them to claim the Donal and Rose Young Mid Junior B Hurling title at The Ragg on Satuday afternoon last when their vastly superior scoretaking saw them gun down a gallant Killea side.
It was the Holycross Ballycahill men who made the running all the way in this game and while the players who had youth on their side displayed it in the legs, the experienced campaigners showed it in the head as they controlled the match and dictated the pace to suit themselves. Indeed, the Holycross Ballycahill lads had experience aplenty in every sector and it proved vital in a game which was always likely to require plenty of knowhow to win.
Having opened brightly with 0-4 on the board inside nine minutes, thanks to JP Butler (2), Thomas Quinlan and Shane Lanigan, Holycross Ballycahill saw Killea come back into the fight with scores from Thomas Hamill (2) – operating at wing forward – Eamon Walshe and Kevin Nolan.
But, Killea conceeded to Tom Quinlan and Mark Fogarty and were rocked back on their heels when Padraig McGrath bagged a fine goal in the 30th minute to put a bit of daylight between the sides. Tom Quinlan had a fine score for Holycross Ballycahill, but Killea finished the half with a scoring flourish from Kevin Nolan (2) to leave his side 1-8 to 0-6 in arrears at the break.
Killea continued their spree after the turnaround with John Coffee and Nolan again leaving just a goal in it.
And, Killea looked as though they were going to make a push for the title at this juncture with Thomas Hamill coming more and more into the game.
But, it was the experienced campaigners of Holycross Ballycahill who steadied the ship – Philip Ryan, Alan Joyce, Padraig McGrath and Mark Fogarty amongst them.
Killea tired a lot towards the end of the third quarter and Holycross Ballycahill’s young guns exploited this greatly. Scores from Brian Hanrahan (2), JP Butler (2) and sub Padraic Russell gave them a great advantage and meant that two Thomas Hamill points were not to be too worrying to them. And, Padriag McGrath, Mark Fogarty, Hanrahan, Butler and Russell again continued the rich vein as Holycross Ballycahill went on to outscore their opponents by 0-9 to 0-5 in the second half, thereby helping themselves to a deserving nine point win.
Holycross Ballychaill were well pleased with their victory and who could blame them. They have been there or thereabouts in the grade for some time and got their just rewards when landing the silverware.
They have a very effective central spine to the team with Alan Joyce, Philip Ryan, Padraig McGrath and Brian Hanrahan all very effective in different ways. And, JP Butler, Tom Quinlan, Mark Fogarty and Shane Lanigan all proved they know where the posts are. They will take stopping in the county championship, especially with a few high profile men on the bench also.
Killea gave it their all, but will be the first to admit that the better team won on the day.
Thomas Hamill was their star man, but they needed him in too many positions, and could only have him in one.
Richard Buckley, Kevin Nolan, Bob Donnelly, Willie Buckley and Eamon Walshe toiled hard for them while John Coffey also had his moments.
Teams and Scorers: Holycross Ballycahill: J Lacey, D Carroll, A Joyce, B Ryan, A Medley, P Ryan, D Murphy, K O’Dwyer 0-1, R Nally, T Quinlan 0-3, P McGrath 1-1, JP Butler 0-5, M Fogarty 0-2, B Hanrahan 0-2, S Lanigan 0-1. Subs: P Russell 0-2, T Hayes, J Fogarty, Donal Duggan.
Killea: PJ Nolan, B Giles, C Quinlan, Willie Buckley, S Coss, R Buckley 0-1, B Donnelly, D Burke, M Maher, T Hamill 0-4, S O’Meara, J Coffey 0-1, J Coffey, E Walsh 0-1, K Nolan 0-4. Subs: P Duff, J Buckley, J Higgins.
Referee: T McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)