Senior Hurlers open County Title defence in style

Our senior hurlers returned to Championship action on Sunday evening when they took on 2012 Champions Kilmallock inn Round 1 of the new look County Senior Hurling Championship in Bruff.
Playing against a strong breeze in the first half we found ourselves in arrears 1-03 to 0-2 courtesy of a goal from Gavin O Mahoney.
However the lads were playing well and slowly got to grips with their opponents.Aidan Hennessy and Cathal King led the defence with style snuffing out the dangers as they arose.
Points from Alan Dempsey, Pat Gleeson, William O Donoghue, Kevin Downes and Shane Dowling frees kept us well in the contest but with five minutes to the break we trailed by 6points.
We had a superb solo goal from new captain Kevin Downes leading by example to leave the minimum between the teams 1-10 to 1-9 at half time.
The second half was one way traffic when the lads upped the tempo and produced some excellent scores with none better than a brace of line balls from county minor Ronan Lynch.
The decisive score again coming from the captain following a 21 yard free stopped by Padraic Kennedy in the goals which was worked up the field to give us a four point swing.
Further points from Kevin Downes, William O Donoghue, Ronan Lynch and Shane Dowling and a second goal from Kevin Ryan sealed a very good performance by the lads.
Our stand out performers were Padraic Kennedy, Aidan Hennessy, Cathal King, Pat Gleeson, Kevin Downes and William O Donoghue.
Next up for the lads are South Liberties next Saturday in Claughan.
Team: Padraic Kennedy, Michael Casey, Cathal King, Niall Buckley, Aidan Hennessy(0-1), David Breen, James O Brien, Alan Dempsey(0-2), Pat Gleeson(0-1), Ronan Lynch(0-4,2 line balls), Kevin Downes(1-3), David Dempsey, Kevin Ryan(1-0), Shane Dowling(0-7,6f), William O DOnoghue(0-2). Subs: Kieran Kennedy, Michael Foley
We wish Niall Buckley and Mark Buckley a speedy recovery from their recent injuries.

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