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U21 B Quarter-final preview v Kilconieron

posted 26 Mar 2013, 16:01 by Unknown user   [ updated 27 Mar 2013, 03:40 ]
Good Friday is the day for Kinvara's clash with Kilconieron in this years U21 B Quarter-final..........but will it be a Great Friday for Kinvara??? There is no doubting the task ahead of John Linnane's men as they face a strong Kilconieron side but that is the story of our U21 side this year so far, and still we are hanging in there.

Kinvara will have to field without centre forward Neasan O'Hanrahan with a recent hand injury, and he joins long term injuries Eanna Linnane, Mark Bermingham and Ruairi Cullinane as major losses. No team can afford to be without four such players, but we have been without three of them already so far and hopefully will adjust for this latest setback. (Note: what is interesting is that in the next 2 years we will lose only 3 starting players being overage, but will gain the above 4 players in return).

Kilconieron lost their opening match to a very good Padraig Pearses side, but bounced back with a solid win over Killimor in round 2. They then beat Mullagh in the preliminary quarter-final and have showed steady improvement from the start. They are strong down the spine, and have a forward unit that both work hard and are very fast. They lost at the U21 B quarter-final stage last year in 2012, and will be aiming to go further this year. This team also narrowly lost a Minor B final three years ago in 2010 by just two points, and so this squad and management will feel they have a title in them and that this is their year.

Kilconieron have always proved tough opponents for Kinvara in recent times. They are a very proud club and will hope that his U21 side will help in their push to get back up into the senior ranks. They are an older and stronger side, but we have said that before about Kinvara's oppositions at this U21 grade. Lets, again, expect the unexpected. Come along and support the lads - they deserve it for what they've done this year, and what they hope and aim to do on Friday. 

Swan Leisure U21 B Hurling Championship quarter-final
In Craughwell, Good Friday 2th April 4pm \

Kinvara squad:
Darragh Kilkelly, Philip McNamara, Tadgh Reynolds, Steve Bermingham, Shane Byrne, Jason O'Connor, James O'Hara, Caolan McMahon, Niall Bermingham, Dylan O'Hanrahan, Ronan Kilkelly, Conor Whelan, Keith Naughten, David Burke, Paddy Reid, Tommy Kavanagh, Keelan Murphy, Patrick Flaherty plus Eanna Linnane (injured), Mark Bermingham (injured), Ruairi Cullinane (injured) and Neasan O'Hanrahan (injured).
On the sideline:
John Linnane (manager), Ollie Bergin and Colm Callanan.

Here's whats happened so far...

Killimordaly v Cois Fharraige
Rahon-Salthill v winner of Kinvara/Kilconieron

Kinvara v Kilconieron
Kilimordaly 3-15 beat Padraig Pearses 1-11
Rahoon-Salthill 0-16 beat Ballindereen 1-7
Cois Fharraige 2-13 beat Abbeyknockmoy 0-7 

Kinvara 2-17 beat Meelick-Eyrecourt 1-15
Kilconieron 1-12 beat Mullagh 0-9
Padraig Pearses 2-11 beat Oranmore 1-13
Ballindereen 1-21 beat Portumna 2-13

ROUND 2 (Winners)
Killimordaly 0-13 beat Mullagh 0-12
Abbeyknockmoy 3-12 (2-14) beat Portumna 0-15 (0-20) (replay)
Rahoon-Salthill 2-15 beat Meelick-Eyrecourt 1-6
Cois Fharraige 1-9 beat Padraig Pearses 2-5
(winners to quarters-finals, losers to preliminary quarters)

ROUND 2 (Losers)
Ballindereen 3-13 beat Carnmore 1-10
Kinvara 2-11 beat Moycullen 1-12
Oranmore-Maree 2-17 beat Michael Cusacks 2-16
Kilconieron 1-15 beat Killimor 1-11
(winners to Prelim quarters, loser to C quarters)

1. Mullagh 0-14 (2-10) beat Carnmore 2-7 (2-10) (replay)
2. Kilimordaly 1-13 beat Ballinderreen 0-9
3. Portumna 3-15 beat Kinvara 3-10
4. Abbeyknockmoy 4-10 beat Moycullen 0-11
5. Meelick/Eyrecourt 0-11 beat Michael Cusacks 0-7
6. Rahoon-Newcastle 1-12 V Oranmore/Maree 0-5
7. Cois-Fharraighe 1-20 beat Kilimor 1-11
8. Padraig Pearses 1-10 beat Kilconieron 1-7