Golden-Kilfeacle survived the challenge of Aherlow to win their match in the Tipperary Co-Op Super Valu senior hurling championship match by 0-10 to 0-8 at Bansha on Saturday evening.
It was a game that never caught fire and it was more notable for poor hurling and broken play from a lot of injuries which made it a very stop-start contest.
Golden-Kilfeacle, with a substantial breeze in their favour, got off to the better start chiefly through two fine, long-range points by Jim Bob McCarthy in the opening five minutes.
During the same period Aherlow missed two scorable opportunities.
Aherlow did eventually open their account with a free by Sean Dillon in the seventh minute.
Golden replied with two points by the end of the first quarter, the second, from Shane Stapleton, on the fifteenth minute being the first score from play. This left Golden in front by 0-4 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Golden increased their advantage with a James O’Connell point in the seventeenth minute and during the remainder of the quarter Aherlow added three points, their third in the final minute from Cathal O’Shea, their first from play.
Golden also scored two points from McCarthy frees to leave them in front by 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval.
The hurling didn’t improve during the second-half but Aherlow came more into the game with the aid of the breeze.
They started off with a point by Laurence Coskeren in the opening minute and they added three more points by the twentieth minute. As well they had a penalty saved in the fifteenth minute when Cathal O’Shea’s shot was stopped and cleared.
Golden, in the meantime, were having a lean time with only one point, a free by Jim Bob in the fourth minute, to their credit. They were guilty of some dreadful wides, notching up seven in all in thecourse of the half. In contrast Aherlow had four.
So, with ten minutes or so to go the sides were level and still either side’s game. During that period Golden eventually came out on top with two points by Joshua Keane, who had taken over the free-taking from Jim Bob. This game Golden their two-point advantage, on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-8, when the final whistle sounded.
Golden-Kilfeacle with be happy with the result, if not with their performance.
They had the edge over Aherlow in skill and experience and should have won more easily but for so many wasteful wides. They had good performances from James Hayes, Jim Bob McCarthy, Paddy Ivers, John Colohan, Shane Stapleton Joshua Keane and Ronan Hayes.
Aherlow might have done better but forward weakness let them down. They missed the Grogans. Thomas Hanley, Cathal O’Shea, Brian Moroney, Cooper Fahey and Sean Dillon were about their best.
Golden-Kilfeacle: David Downey, Aidan O’Connell, Patrick Ivers, Kevin Moloney, Ger Fogarty, James Hayes (capt), Cathal Hayes, Daithi Bargary, James O’Connell (0-1), Jim Bob McCarthy (0-6), Daithi Ivers, Shane Stapleton (0-1), Shane O’Connell, John Colohan, Joshue Keane (0-2). Sub: Sean Hayes for Shane O’Connell.
Aherlow: Gordon Peters, Conor O’Shea, Mark O’Shea, Ed O’Meara, Mark Hanley, Cathal O’Shea (0-1), Brian Moroney (capt.), Thomas Hanley, Sean Mullins, Paddy Hennessy, Sean Dillon (0-6), Cooper Fahey, Laurence Coskeren (0-1), Steve Chapman, Peter McKnight. Sub: Denis O’Shea for Peter McKnight.
Referee: Phil Ryan (Kickhams)