Rower Inistioge 3-20, Piltown 1-5
Not the greatest exhibition of hurling you will ever see, but the winners, Rower Inistioge will not mind, or be intimidated by such a statistic, because they collected the points that were there to be collected, and they could do no more than that.
Casting my informed eye over the personnel from both sides I was prompted to fancy the visitors to the delectable village of Inistioge, but how wrong I was, or to put it another way, how the home side may have celebrated my misguided judgement on the issue, an issue that was well and truly dusted down long before the final whistle brought a welcome end to an agonising experience. That the home side deserved to win, of that there can be no misunderstanding. That the home side were a better team by a city clock?------ same sentiments. That the home side were surprisingly so much a better team? Again there is no doubt. But what I cannot fathom is that Piltown were so far adrift at the finish, given the quality of many of their players on view.
It took Piltown over ten minutes to register their first score, and that was a goal by James Norris from a penalty when David Brophy was nailed inside the penalty area.
At half time the game was a beaten docket with the Rower Inistioge practically out of sight, leading by 2-10 to Piltown’s 1-3.
Corner forward Michael Cody got the first of the Inistioge goalss in the 3rd. minute. Lively full forward, Conor Lyng scrambled the second goal over the line in the 21st minute, and the same player made no mistake in the 2nd minute of the second half when he blasted home his second, and his club’s third goal.
Rower Inistioge shot eight unanswered points between the 33rd and the 51st minutes. That tells a story that just cannot be disproved. Piltown’s only reply were two points by Philly Kenny and Paul Kirby.
Rower Inistioge: Conor Lyng (2-2); Michael Cody (1-4); James J. Kenny (0-6, three frees); Tom Murphy (0-3); Sean Lyster (0-2); Pauric Ryan, Tomás Lyng, Brendan Lyng, Rory Galavan (0-1 each).
Piltown : James Norris (1-0, pen); Philly Kenny (0-2); Brendan Mc.Carthy, Paul Kirby (0-1 each).
Rower Inistioge: David Murphy, Neil Lyng, Nicky Kenny, Toby Kavanagh, Richie Ryan, Tommy Grace, David Tennyson, Pauric Ryan, Sean Lyster, Tom Murphy, Rory Galavan, Brendan Lyng, Michael Cody, James J.Kenny, Conor Lyng.
Subs (used): Tomás Lyng, Diarmuid Aspel, Willie Allen, Michael McDonald, John Grace.
Piltown; David Kinsella, Donal Ryan, Pa Connolly, Conor Nugent, Michael Dwyer, Tommy Talbot, Michael Brennan, Philly Kenny, Shane Doody, Brendan Mc.Carthy, Paul Kirby, Niall Kinsella, Dean Brophy, James Norris, Richard Phelan.
Referee Thomas Duggan [Mullinavat]