CLean Ireland Recycling CSHC - Clonoulty Rossmore 3-18 Eire Og Anacarthy Donohill 1-17
Sweet revenge it certainly was for Clonoulty Rossmore who made four changes from the side which lost the west final six days previously to the same opposition. And the switches made the difference with Jimmy Maher at midfield and Thomas Butler in the half forward line both turning in very worthwhile shifts indeed.
Yes, it was a very different Clonoulty Rossmore and it was also a different Eire Og Anacarthy Donohill, who showed only patches of what they can do on the day. Indeed, although they rallied strongly in the third quarter and could perhaps have gotten back into contention, Clonoulty Rossmore more or less dictated the pace of this game all the way through, once Timmy Hammersley had gotten their first goal in the 5th minute.
A Ronan O’Brien brace from play inside two minutes suggested that the champions were in flying form. And, although Hammersley bagged 1-1 almost immediately for Clonoulty Rossmore, Eire Og replied likewise thanks to a Donal O’Dwyer goal and a Paudie O’Dwyer point.
However, by the time they got on the scoresheet again - some eighteen minutes later - Clonoulty Rossmore had opened up a 2-7 to 1-4 lead. Timmy Hammersley had added another four points, to go along with efforts from Thomas Butler who was operating so efficiently at wing forward, and Jimmy Maher who was doing the same at midfield. And, Hammersley bagged his second goal in the 25th minute when his initial effort was hooked but he followed up to rattle the net.
By the time the half way whistle sounded, Clonoulty Rossmore had a double score lead 2-10 to 1-5, and it seemed to be game, set and match to them. Eire Og were unable to get to the pace of the game and nothing suggested that they would have enough in the tank to stage a comeback. But, they did, late though it came in the game.
The third quarter proved to be a nip and tuck affair with Timmy Hammersley adding another five points while Paudie O’Dwyer replied with 0-3, and Dinny Crosse and a huge effort from Conor O’Brien kept them in the hunt.
Sean Mahers score was cancelled again by Paudie O’Dwyer , and now it was Eire Og Anacarthy Donohill’s time to dominate.
Donal O’Dwyer and Ronan O’Brien set the scene with scores while Kevin Fox, Paudie O’Dwyer and Conor O’Brien all found the posts to leave just a goal between them with eight to go.
Having not really hurled in the game up to this point, Eire Og were right back in it and were pressing hard - Declan O’Dwyer saving well from Donal O’Dwyer in the 21st to keep the goal between them.
It fell to Hammersley to lift the siege , but this time it was Conor, rather than Timmy and though veteran John Quinn bagged a fine point having come on as a sub for Eire Og, the west runners-up had weathered the storm.
If they felt they were over the line, a John O’Neill goal for Clonoulty in the 27th minute confirmed it after he followed up on a Timmy Hammersley effort to finish to the net.
Clonoulty Rossmore are back on track and chomping at the bit. They played with real bite and will be happy in the knowledge that they can get to that level. They will perhaps be concerned at allowing Eire Og back into the game though,but they will take a lot of positives from the victory.
Timmy Hammerlsey was their star on the day, but John O’Keeffe, Thomas Butler, Jimmy Maher, James Heffernan and Conor Hammersley were also prominent while Declan O’Dwyer was solid in goals.
Big let down this for Eire Og Anacarthy, who will be very disappointed with their performance. Their rally came too late and was too little to cause an upset from the expected outcome at the interval.
Teams and Scorers:
Clonoulty Rossmore: D O’Dwyer, Joey O’Keeffe, J Devane, J Heffernan, P Heffernan, John O’Keeffe, C Quirke, J Maher 0-1, C Hammersley 0-2, Tom Butler, S Maher 0-1, T Hammersley 2-12, Thomas Butler 0-1, A White, J O’Neill 1-0. Subs: P White, F O’Keeffe 0-1, S O’Connor.
Eire Og Anacarthy Donohill: D Mooney, D Ryan, E Kennedy, K Fox 0-1, P Downey, B Fox, T Fox, D Crosse 0-1, E Bradshaw, P Horan, C O’Brien 0-2, D O’Dwyer 1-1, S Ryan, P O’Dwyer 0-8, R O’Brien 0-3. Subs: G Ryan, J Quinn 0-1, W O’Neill.
Referee: F Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams)