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  • Sport

Killeagh v Clon U21

Friday, 24th October, 2014 4:03pm
Killeagh v Clon U21

    Killeagh/Ita’s 6-14

Clonakilty 0-8

NOEL HORGAN REPORTS

SINCE the inception of the county U21 B hurling championship in 2010, the title had been claimed by a team from Imokilly on three occasions.

Ballinascarthy bucked the trend last year, and Clonakilty were hoping to emulate the achievement of their South West neighbours when they took on Killeagh/Ita’s in the decider at Páirc Uí Rinn last Saturday evening.

It turned out to be a harrowing experience for the Clon lads, however, as they were completely outgunned by the East Cork side, whose five-star performance was no major surprise, given that they had similarly routed Tracton and Na Piarsaigh in their two previous outings

Parading the bulk of the players who had gone agonisingly close to lifting the county premier minor hurling championship this year, losing out to Sarsfields after a replay, Killeagh/Ita’s were entitled to go into the game as the hottest of favourites.

It was obvious virtually from the outset they were in a different class than Clonakilty, and once corner forward Gary Leahy bagged their first goal to make it 1-2 to 0-1 in the 12th minute, they proceeded to pile on the punishment.

Leahy had been denied a goal earlier by a superb save from Clonakilty goalkeeper David Walsh, who certainly performed heroically between the sticks for the losers.

Although beaten four times in all before the break, Walsh had made two more stunning saves from Killeagh/Ita’s Daniel Walsh and Shane Smiddy, but he was powerless to prevent Eoghan Keniry and David Cahill from finding the net at the second attempt in the 20th and 28th minutes respectively.

With Gary Leahy grabbing his second goal in the interim, Killeagh/Ita’s led by 4-5 to 0-1 before David Lowney converted his second placed ball for Clonakilty to complete the scoring in the first half.

Lowney and Sean White had battled manfully at midfield before the break, but only skilful corner forward Sean McEvoy really looked the part for Clonakilty, and he was forced to exist on scraps due to Killeagh/Ita’s dominance in the half-back line.

Dan Landers and Ciarán O’Brien were particularly influential in this sector for the winners, who had midfielders Shane McCarthy and Padraig Walsh, not to mention Eoghan Keniry, David Walsh, Shane Smiddy and Gary Leahy up front also numbered among their leading lights.

Predictably, there was little change in the pattern of the play in the second half, although Clonakilty did manage to improve their scoring rate, with Ian Falvey, Shane McEvoy and Sean White (2) sharing four points from play.

David Lowney chipped in with another brace from frees, but Killeagh/Ita’s continued to score more or less for fun at the other end, embellishing their comprehensive triumph with goals from David Cahill and substitute Declan Long.

Credit to Clonakilty, they never stopped trying, but it was plain to see they were way out of their depth, and it was just unfortunate from their perspective that they came up against a team which was a cut above the ordinary at this level.

Scorers

Killeagh/Ita’s: D Cahill 2-1, E Keniry 1-3 (2f), D Walsh 0-6, G Leahy 2-0, S Smiddy 0-4, D Long 1-0.

Clonakilty: D Lowney 0-4f, S White 0-2, I Falvey and S McEvoy 0-1 each.

Killeagh/Ita’s: C Walsh; D Cahill, B McCarthy, D Murphy; D Landers, C O’Brien, D O’Brien; S McCarthy, P Walsh; D Coleman, D Walsh, S Smiddy; G Leahy, D Cahill, E Keniry.

Subs used: J Farrelly for Murphy (35), M Coleman for D O’Brien (42), D Long for D Coleman (44), A Morrison for Landers (47), D Motherway for Leahy (51).

Clonakilty: D Walsh; C O’Donovan, C Crowley, C Sheehy; E Downey, E Deasy, K Cormican; S White, D Lowney; M Scally, I Falvey, E Ryan; J O’Mahony, D Lehane, S McEvoy.

Subs used: E O’Neill for Cormican (25), R Mannix for Lehane (43), C Crowley for Ryan (51), Z Harrington for Deasy (57), E O’Gorman for Sheehy (57).

Referee: C Egan (Glen Rovers).

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