Limerick U21 Hurlers:
Huge pride for all club members to see one of our own lift an All-Ireland trophy in the green of Limerick at the weekend, as Kyle Hayes was part of the Limerick U21 side who defeated Kilkenny in Thurles. For the second time in three years, Kildimo/Pallaskenry have an All-Ireland U21 winning centre-back. Kyle has had a super year on the intercounty scene, he was one of the top performers for the Limerick seniors despite it being his debut season and now he has an All-Ireland medal to boot. He capped it off with what was arguably his best performance of the year, as he won a huge amount of ball at centre-back and set up a number of scores. A serious performance, a well-deserved All-Ireland and there are surely plenty of big performances still to come for him in the blue and white of Kildimo/Pallaskenry too!
City Junior Football Final:
Kildimo/Pallaskenry 3-7 Crecora/Manister 1-12. Our junior footballers claimed the City championship title for the third year in succession in dramatic fashion as a late goal saw us take victory over Crecora/Manister. Weather was a big factor in this match with a strong wind from the west blowing straight down the field. For the first half we were playing against this, so scoring opportunities were hard to come by and unfortunately too many of our efforts were wide of the target. Good defensive work restricted Crecora/Manister to seven points and we were not unhappy at half-time having not played well. Half-time score Kildimo/Pallaskenry 0-3 Crecora/Manister 0-7.
Playing with the wind in the second half did allow more scoring opportunities; Eoin Cuddihy came on and had an immediate impact scoring 1-1 in quick succession. The lack of matches over the recent weeks still seemed to be stunting our play and movement and we struggled to catch Crecora/Manister who continued to pick off points despite the strengthening breeze. A penalty was awarded to our opponents for a footblock and John Chawke was unlucky not to save with his feet, as he dived to his right. Barry O’Connell got us back on track shortly afterwards with a well-taken point from play, followed by a sublime goal. Peter Nash traded points with our opposition leaving us two points down with a few minutes to play. The lads worked tirelessly to try and get into scoring positions to reduce the deficit, before Darren O’Connell popped up to get a goal! A great moment for Darren who returned after an ongoing injury.
In summary, the conditions were not conducive to a pretty game of football and we had to work hard to contain a very good Crecora/Manister team. Our defence was excellent throughout and especially in the first half when playing against the wind. Michéal Keating played really well until injury finished his involvement. Barry O’Connell and Eoin Cuddihy were on hand with 1-1 apiece and Tony McCarthy was providing top quality link play between defence and attack. All 20 players that were utilised worked tirelessly for the result and goals proved to be key. Players and management were delighted to bring the City championship back to the parish for the third year on the trot, and now we must go onwards and upwards to the County championship. Team John Chawke, Míchéal Keating, Lorcan O’Leary, Evan Carroll, Bob McKeogh, Tony McCarthy, Conor Staff, Barry O’Connell (1-1), Keel Maloney, Tom O’Shea, Jonathan McHale, Darragh Walsh (0-2), Dylan Corrigan, Peter Nash (0-3, 0-1 free) and Ross Mann. Bench Alan Ryan, Eoin Cuddihy (1-1), Darren O’Connell (1-0), Ruairí Maher, Mikey Dillon, Darragh Deegan and Barry Walsh.
Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final:
Next weekend sees our intermediate hurlers take to the field in knockout action as we are set to face Newcastlewest on Saturday September 16 at 4pm in the Bog Garden, Rathkeale. We are unbeaten in championship action this year, had some good wins but things now step up a notch. There is no margin for error in knockout competition and Newcastlewest will be a stern test, the West side in good form in recent weeks, beating a strong. Feohanagh/Castlemahon side to win the West championship. It should be a good, close game and we hope that our support can provide us with an edge, so we hope to see the parish come out in their numbers next weekend to give the lads the support they deserve!