Cahill Cup SH Final
JK Bracken’s 0-7
County senior hurling champions, Drom-Inch collected their second trophy of the season with a massive win over J K Brackens in the Cahill Cup S H final at Holycross on Saturday.
Holders of the title, Drom-Inch, who retained the county senior hurling league premier division title a few weeks ago, are looking the finished article as they build up for the ”business-end” of the county senior hurling championship with a fourth round tie against Carrick Swans this coming week-end.
They started without David and Seamus Butler, Eamon Buckley, Pat Lupton and Edward Costelloe but still carried far too much fire-power for their rivals whose weeks of inactivity since their departure from the championship didn’t help their cause.
To add to their woes, Brackens were also without Lorcan Egan, Michael Lynagh, Ian Delaney and goalie Tommy Deegan. At full strength, and in championship mode, they might have troubled Drom-Inch but in the face of such adversity, they were simply “not at the races”.
Two first half incidents also had a big bearing on the pattern of the game. Drom-Inch were flying from the start with Seamus Callanan, Shane Delaney leading the way as they built up a 0-8 to 0-2 lead after twelve minutes. Colin O Riordan had a Brackens point but in the 17th minute, Drom goalie Damain Young made a great save off an Aidan Doyle run and shot. The ball was swept downfield and Seamus Callanan pointed.
Two minutes later, Shane Scully blasted a 20 metre free for a goal but his effort was turned out for a sixty five which was sent wide. From the puck-out Paul Collins pointed for Drom.
An eight point turn-around in the space of five minutes in Drom’s favour at a time when Brackens desperately needed a goal to ignite their challenge.
On the stroke of half-time, Seamuis Callanan’s rocket from a 20 meter free was stopped on the line but somehow ended up in the end in the ensuing scramble giving the holders a 1-14 to 0-4 lead at the break. Most definitely no way back for Brackens.
Two early second half Shane Scully points raised Templemore hopes but in the 40th minute, Joe Lupton netted, and three minutes later he kicked home a second goal for Drom-Inch to reduce the remainder of the game to shooting practice for the winners who added a further eight points to J K Brackens sole reply from Shane Bourke in the 60th minute.
Drom-Inch thus retained two of the three trophies won last year and now face the retention of “the big one”, their county title, with Swans in their sights this coming week-end. Even without their established stars, they had an abundance of talent in reserve and midfielder Shane Delaney in particular, with three first half points, strongly pressed his case for a championship starting position. Mattie Ryan, Paul Collins, Paddy Kennedy, Paul Stapleton and Seamus Callanan were also very influential.
J K Brackens did not deserve such a hammering but poor finishing, marred their challenge. Their lack of recent action told against them but Eamon Corcoran, Michael Doyle, Shane Bourke, and Tommy Kennedy all worked hard to try to turn the tide.
Drom-Inch – Damian Young; Paul Stapleton, Miceal Butler, Michael Costelloe; Enda Walshe, James Woodlock(0-1), Mattie Ryan; Johnny Ryan (0-3, 2fs), Shane Delaney(0-3); Joe Lupton(2-0), Paul Collins (0-2), Seamus Callanan (1-9,1-5fs); Kevin Butler, Paddy Kennedy(0-2), Jamie Moloney(0-2); Subs- Eric Woodlock for Delaney; James Ryan for Walshe; Shane Hassett(0-1) for K Butler; Seamus Butler(0-1) for Moloney; David Butler for Callanan;
J K Brackens - Sean Paddy Guerins; Keith Kennedy, Michael Doyle, Paidi Bourke; Tommy Kennedy, Eamon Corcoran, Brendan Guidera; Aidan Doyle, Cathal Scully; Colin O Riordan, Shane Bourke(0-3) Aidan Fogarty(0-1); Shane Scully (0-3), Joe Bergin, Brian Kennedy; Subs- Kevin Mulryan for J Bergin; Paidi Kealy for K Kennedy; Dean McEnroe for A Doyle; James Bergin for B Kennedy;
Ref – Liam Shanahan, Upperchurch-Drombane.