Minor Hurling Championship:
Kildimo/Pallaskenry 2-12 Ballybrown 1-15. A titanic battle in Ballybrown between the neighbours ended in a draw, in what was a thrilling encounter. We flew out of the blocks, with Adam Butler and Matthew Lucey linking up well to find Liam Griffin to get our opening score. Ballybrown replied with a point from play before Adam Butler and Liam Griffin hit scores, both being found with passes from Naoise McGarrigle. Naoise was winning a lot of ball in the half-forward line and was being well-supported by Matthew Lucey, Adam Butler, Liam Griffin and Darragh O’Brien and the scores were coming as a result, with James Mason’s puck-outs a huge asset. Ballybrown pulled a score back before we hit our opening goal of the game. Naoise and Adam did well to work space, Paidi Hartigan did brilliantly to find Matthew Lucey who raced inside the cover and buried his shot past the goalkeeper. Moments later, Matthew provided creator as he sent a dangerous ball in around the edge of the square. Shaun Barry showed his ability as he claimed the high ball, rounded his man and fired the ball past the helpless goalkeeper to give us a seven-point lead.
Ballybrown would respond well to that goal, hitting three of the next four points, ours coming from a converted free after James Mason picked Darragh O’Brien out with an excellent puckout before Darragh was fouled as he delivered the ball inside. Adam Butler would then rob the Ballybrown back of possession, and fire over a point from play, a credit to the work rate of our forwards. But the backs were also doing well, Jai Chaudri and James Pomeroy were sticking tight to their men in the corners; Jack Mullane and Ciarán Downes were battling well in the half-back line, while Mikey Hayes swept up in the centre. And Luke O’Keeffe had another dominant display on the edge of the square, his standout moment when he prevented a goal opportunity from arising by hammering the Ballybrown forward to the ground with a perfectly-timed shoulder. It was a great piece of defending that roused the crowd as much as either goal. Ballybrown would get another two frees before half-time but we would hit two more scores from play. Naoise McGarrigle caught a clean ball from the puck-out and laid it off to Adam Butler who made no mistake, as usual. Aaron O’Donovan also nipped in between the defenders and rifled the ball over the bar and was unlucky not to raise a green flag. Half-time score: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 2-7 Ballybrown 0-7.
We knew our neighbours wouldn’t lie down and they came out with a spirited display in the second half and came right at us. They hit two scores from play early on, before Liam exchanged frees with their free-taker. Liam then hit a monster free from distance to extend our lead out again, before Aaron O’Donovan scored a fine point over his shoulder after being found by Adam Butler’s pass. But Ballybrown slowly but surely ate away at our lead, as they began to pick off scores. Our forwards weren’t as dominant as they had been in the first half and it was more of a game for backs with the full-back line in particular doing a very good job. But we were still having chances down the other end and Paudi Hartigan was unlucky to see his whipped shot fly across the face of goal before Matthew Lucey was denied by an excellent save by the Ballybrown goalkeeper.
Liam scored another free, but this was followed by two more Ballybrown points, which meant they narrowed the gap to just two. James Mason had had a fine game between the sticks, making a couple of fine saves, including a spectacular stop which denied Ballybrown a certain goal when the Ballybrown forwards broke through our defence in numbers. But despite his heroics, he was finally beaten after Ballybrown mounted a lot of pressure to our despair. This meant that they led by a point heading into stoppage time. We fought tooth and nail for possession and Shaun Barry was the player that came up with the ball, forced his way into a shooting position and fired over the bar to secure a draw.
It was disappointing to let a big half-time lead slip but there was a wind and a slope to contend with in the second half. Tempers did fray on both sides at times but it was a tough battle throughout, as you’d expect from a match between rivals. There were good performances all over the pitch. We still top the group with two games remaining and a place in the City final is still within our grasp. Team James Mason; Jai Chaudri, Luke O’Keeffe, James Pomeroy; Jack Mullane, Mikey Hayes, Ciarán Downes; Liam Griffin (0-6, 0-4 frees), Darragh O’Brien; Adam Butler (0-3), Naoise McGarrigle, Matthew Lucey (1-0); Paudi Hartigan, Shaun Barry (1-1) and Aaron O’Donovan (0-2). Subs Dara Mills for Matthew Lucey; Kieran Bourke for Ciarán Downes. Panel Tadhg O’Shaughnessy, Daniel Pearse, JJ Mulcair and Micheál Cuddihy.
All-County Hurling League Division 4:
Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-20 Drom/Broadford 2-17. There was massive disappointment for our intermediate hurlers as we were pipped to promotion by a sickening last minute goal last Tuesday in Quaid Park. Bereft of a number of players due to holidays, illness, work commitments as well as intercounty commitments; we knew we’d be up against it from the start. But we turned in an excellent, hardworking first-half performance; picking off a number of scores to lead by six points at the break. Adrian Garvey and Barry O’Connell led the way with the scores from play, with three from Adrian and four from Barry.
But Drom/Broadford came back strongly and fought their way back into the game, and we did not have a huge amount of options in reserve as legs tired and we had a few injuries. After falling behind with minutes to go, we dug deep and Barry O’Connell (although hard to tell) scrambled the ball home for a goal. But disaster was to strike with our opponents’ very last attack as they got the goal they needed to secure the draw and their promotion prospects.
We did have a number of good individual performances, as already mentioned, the scoretaking of Adrian and Barry was very impressive. John Chawke directed things excellently throughout, Keel Maloney was inspirational at the back, while Tony McCarthy got through a lot of work and his cool head in possession was always an asset. In attack, there was a big performance from Evan Considine who put in a huge shift and was a handful all evening long. The performance was there, and was very disappointing to see the result slip away in such a fashion.
Limerick Underage Football Squad:
Congratulations to club members Cillian O’Farrell, Mícheál Cuddihy, Ciaran Galvin and JJ Mulcair who were involved with the Limerick U14, U15 and U16 footballers respectively over the weekend gone. It is fantastic to have club members involved on the intercounty scene, a real honour for the club. Well done to all the lads, who have reaped the rewards of all the hard work they’ve put in!
Kildimo/Pallaskenry 4-10 Templeglantine 0-8. Our U-16s had a big win last week over Templeglantine; a first win of the campaign early in the season which is great for the confidence. With four more group games to go, our lads will be hoping to build on this fine victory over the coming weeks.
Our next fundraising event takes place next weekend at Dunnes in Jetland Shopping Centre. We need all the bag packers we can get for Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15. Please sign up and give an hour or more to raise much needed funds for the ongoing running of your club. All support is very much appreciated. If you can assist on Friday 14, please contact Tony O Brien @ firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can assist on the Saturday 15, please contact Chris Sexton on email@example.com.
The club’s new official website has been launched, and can be found at http://gaa.kildimo-pallaskenry.org. The best place to keep an eye out for upcoming matches, and any changes to same is the website! Any comments or suggestions on improvement are welcome!
July is going to be an extremely busy month for all of our teams, with both the junior footballers and junior hurlers kicking off their campaigns over the next week, while the minors will also have plenty of games. The intermediates will conclude their league campaign on Tuesday while our underage stars will also be in action: the U14 and U16 teams having plenty of games in both codes over the month ahead.
Thursday July 13- Junior Football Championship vs Crecora/Manister; 7.30pm in Ballybrown
Monday July 17- U16 Hurling Championship vs Kileedy/Tournafulla, 7.15pm in Kileedy
Wednesday July 19- U14 Hurling Championship vs Belville Gaels, 7.15pm Venue TBA
Thursday July 20- Junior Football Championship vs Monaleen, 7pm in Caherdavin.