Wolfe Tones suffer Tierney goal blitz.
County senior hurling championship rd 2
By Michael O Connor.
Oh we in sport love dramatics and creation of imaginary titles to excite us further. Headline writers thrive on“tie of the round”, “down to the wire” and “group of death” are just some of same but perhaps in the case of group 2 “group of playoff” might be more realistic as after two rounds of the canon Hamilton title race it would be a brave man that would rule out any side. Following this game and the intervening Cratloe/Bridge draw no one is safe and no one is out even though Tubber more than anyone have to win in the next round like all others.
Inagh/Kilnamona over the hour appeared the more potent side in goal with the higher success rate from their endeavours. On the other side they lived on their good fortune and with little extra effort and more luck for Declan O Rourke who starred when moved to the edge of the square Wolfe Tones could have sneaked a result. Little separated the sides in the first half with the sides level on four occasions.
Niall Arthur opened the scoring after 15 seconds from a free with Dermot Gannon adding for Inagh/Kilnamona within a minute. Daithi O Connell struck for the first of the games six goals. Bobby McPhillips, Dermot Gannon, Conor Tierney with the first of three goals, Stephen McInerney and McPhillips again from another free left the sides deadlocked at (1-3) each at the end of the first quarter.
A hat trick of scores from Niall Arthur in the last ten minutes of the first half was matched by scores from Brendan Hughes, Barry Loughnane and Daithi O Connell to keep parity when Ger Hoey blew the half time whistle Former inter county star Tony Carmody who started round 1 at centre back entered the fray at full forward alongwith Shane Griffin for the second half but appeared to injure his knee and his cameo on the field lasted only five frustrating minutes. At the end of an energy sapping first half the sides were level on (1-6) apiece. At the break Wolfe tones attempted to rally their charges with changes in positions and personnel. Barry Loughnane went to wing back as Gareth McPhillips to wing forward as Sean Cahill made way.
Within ten minutes of the restart it appeared that the winners would be Inagh/Kilnamona as they overran their opponents with (1-3). The Arthur brothers Niall (2) and Gerry (1) with Tierney’s second goal left Inagh/Kilnamona (2-9) to (1-6) clear. The game was turned on its head when Declan O Rourke struck for two goals in three minutes as once again the teams were level. Daniel Gallery was unlucky not to score a goal with his powerful effort that went over the bar. Conor Tierney with his hat trick completed sent Inagh/Kilnamona two clear with the final quarter well in play. Despite the best efforts of the Shannon men to get back into the game and O Rourke just shy of scoring at least (1-2) with narrowly missed efforts Inagh/Kilnamon seized the initiatieve and finished the game with four of the last six scores.
Gareth McPhillips hit two Shannon frees as Niall Arthur (2) brought his tally to eight with elder brother Gerry and Patrick Kelly ending the scoring with a long range free. Best for the winners were Conor Tierney, the Arthurs, Ronan O Looney, David Hegarty, Milo Keane, Jamie Davin until O Rourke went in on him and Dermot Gannon. Wolfe Tones will have a big say yet in this group but now need Tubber to win a game. Best for Shannon were Frank Lohan, Bobby McPhillips, Brian O Connell in the second half, Stephen McInerney and Declan O Rourke.
INAGH/KILNAMONA: Patrick Kelly (0-1), Milo Keane, Jamie Davin, Damien Hogan, Brian Glynn, Ronan O Looney, David Hegarty, Ger Arthur (0-2), Colm Pilkington, Dermot Gannon (0-2), Cathal Lafferty, Eoin Vaughan, Conor Tierney (3-0), Niall Arthur (0-8), Brian Hehir. Subs: Tony Carmody for Vaughan, Shane Griffin for Pilkington, Eugene Cullinan for Carmody (inj)
WOLFE TONES: Ray Carley, Frank Lohan, John Coen, Jamie Roughan, Sean Cahill, Bobby McPhillips (0-2), Gary O Connell, Brian O Connell, Stephen McInerney (0-1), Brendan Hughes (0-1), Declan O Rourke (2-0), Barry Loughnane (0-1), Aaron Cunningham, Daniel Gallery (0-1), Daithi O Connell (1-1). Subs: Gareth McPhillips (0-2) for Cahill, Andrew Moloney for Gallery.
REFEREE: Ger Hoey (Killanena).