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Kehoe stars as Gowran hang on despite strong Lisdowney finish

posted 11 Jun 2012, 01:53 by Unknown user
JJ Kavanagh and Sons Northern Junior A Hurling championship first round

Young Irelands 2-18      Lisdowney 3-13

By Michael O’Leary

A most enjoyable game occurred in Gowran last Sunday afternoon, as the host team held off the spirited challenge of Lisdowney, who despite grabbing two late goals still came up short.

Played in ideal conditions on a splendid surface on a perfect Summer’s afternoon, a 5-star display from Sean Kehoe inspired the Gowran contingent to victory where he accounted for 1-12 of his sides total – 1-9 from play -.

Kehoe was awesome as he struck over superb individual points from all angels, and the former county minor could afford the luxury of having a penalty saved.

The Gowran men led 1-9 to 1-7 at the interval, and dominated the majority of the second-half, but wasteful shooting where they shot 13 wides (7, 6) in total proved to be their downfall, and as a result allowed Lisdowney to stay within touching distance.

They appeared to have put daylight between the sides in the 56th minute, when a fortuitous goal from Paul Delahunty stretched the advantage to 6 points. 2-15 to 1-12.

A Sheamie Bergin point followed by a Michael Kenny goal set up an exciting grand finale.

However, Young Irelands appeared to have steadied the ship with three unanswered points in over a 60 second spell in injury-time from Kehoe(2) and JP Treacy, but Lisdowney were not finished yet.

With nearly 4 minute of injury-time played, a 65 from Kieran Bergin deceived the Gowran defence and went straight to the net, but moments Paddy Neary brought a halt to proceedings much to Young Irelands relief.

Lisdowney got off to the perfect start after just 60 seconds, when Michael Kenny goaled from a 20 metre free after James O’Neill had initially brought off a brilliant save from Eddie Kenny.

The visitors held the edge throughout the opening quarter and 1-4 to 0-3, with Eddie Kenny in particular looking very sharp.

Young Irelands responded during the second quarter outscoring Lisdowney 1-6 to 0-3, and they finished the half strongly with a brilliant team.

The superb Eoin Walsh who won possession around halfway started and linked up with Paul Delahunty who sent a long ball forward towards goal.

Tom Carroll race through in possession, and mishit his shot attempt, before the sliothar fell into the path of Charlie Carter who in turn passed to the on running Sean Kehoe, and he superbly pulled overhead to finish off in style.

That goal was the first time the Gowran men led, and Charlie kicked over in front of goal as they led 1-9 to 1-7 at the interval.

Lisdowney levelled shortly after the restart courtesy of points from Michael Kenny and Sheamie Bergin, before Kehoe pointed three times in succession between the 33rd and 36th minutes to restore their lead. 1-12 to 1-9.

Young Irelands maintained that three point lead up until the 55th minute leading 1-15 to 1-12, but had the chance to be even further ahead when awarded a penalty in the 51st minute.

However, Sean Kehoe’s attempt was well blocked by Lisdowney goalkeeper Paul Murphy.

Victory appeared to have been sealed though with Paul Delahunty’s goal in the 56th minute, when his shot attempt from around 40 yards bounced around the goal-line beyond the stick of Paul Murphy, but a Michael Kenny goal gave Lisdowney hope.

However, three consecutive points in quick succession from Kehoe(2), and JP Treacy asppeared to have secured victory, but Kieran Bergin’s goal from a ’65 accounted for a few anxious moments, before the full-time whistle sounded.

Overall, a deserved victory for Young Irelands, and apart from the exceptional Kehoe, Owen Walsh excelled at wing-back producing a towering performance, while Emmet Byrne at full-back and the industrious Paul Delahunty also performed well.

Best for Lisdowney where Jimmy Delaney and Anthony O’Hara who performed solidly in the full-back line, while Michael Kenny from frees and Eddie Kenny fared best in attack.

Scorers – Young Irelands Gowran: Sean Kehoe 1-12 (0-3 frees), Paul Delahunty 1-0, JP Treacy 0-3(0-1 free), Charlie Carter 0-2, Peter Carroll 0-1

Lisdowney: Michael Kenny 2-7(1-6 frees 0-1’65), Eddie Kenny 0-3. Kieran Bergin 1-0(’65),Sheamie Bergin 0-2, Raymond Fitzpatrick 0-1


Young Irelands Gowran: James O’Neill, Jack Glendon, Emmet Byrne, Ger Corcoran, Owen Walsh, Tom Drennan, Martin Carter, Michael Lennon, Paul Delahunty, JP Treacy, Tom Carroll, Willie Bolger, Sean Kehoe, Peter Carroll, Charlie Carter

Sub: Patrick Lennon for Corcoran 35 minutes,

Lisdowney: Paul Murphy, Jimmy Delaney, Anthony O’Hara, Owen Lyons, Kieran Bergin, Michael Bergin, Niall Kenny, Mick Bergin, Ray Fitzpatrick, Sheamie Bergin, Laurence O’Carroll, Michael Kenny, Aaron Fogarty, Eddie Kenny,

Referee: Paddy Neary