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Stalemate in U21 semi-final

posted 31 Mar 2015, 14:41 by Garret Byrne
Saturday 28th March, in Craughwell
U21 B Hurling Championship semi-final


Both sides deserved another crack at this, hopefully in better conditions, as Kinvara and Killimordaly both gave it their all and matched each other.

Played in horrible weather in Craughwell, it rained throughout, there was a strong wind blowing, it was cold - it was not made for hurling! But full credit to both sides who gave an entertaining and exciting match, that both sides will be relieved to get a second chance at.

Kinvara playing against the strong win in the opening half, started impressively with 1-2 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes. The goal coming rather fortuitious from a deflected James O'Hara effort.
Killimordaly then began to settle more in the game, and actually led at the interval by 0-9 to 1-5.

On the resumption Kinvara were aided by the driving wind, but it was Killimordaly who held their own and a goal with 20 mins left left them 3 points in the lead.
Kinvara rallied back thank mainly to the point taking of Conor Whelan, and drew level. We then took the lead with 5 mins left, but Killimordaly won a free and converted to level it.

The referee blew up and deemed the pitch and conditions and light unplayable for extra time.

Kinvara team:
Darragh Kilkelly, Steve Bermingham, Tadhg Reynolds, Shane Byrne, James Cronin-Rodger, Eanna Linnane, Jason O'Connor, Nessan O'Hanrahan, Mark Bermingham, Sean Linnane, James O'Hara (1-0), Alan Keane, Tommie Kavanagh, Conor Whelan 0-13 (0-7 frees), Rory Cullinane.
Subs: Dylan O'Hanrahan for T. Kavanagh, Gary Kilkelly for S. Linnane, Conor O'Shea for A. Keane, Liam Byrne, John Donoghue, Patrick Gallagher.