Piltown’s First League Title on Points
Piltown 0-21 Cloneen 2-9
In this very well-contested and highly entertaining J.J. Kavanagh County Junior Hurling League Final (Roinn A) Piltown’s ability to take their point scoring opportunities was the decisive factor in their quest for a first victory in this competition, having contested four of the last five finals. Cloneen, making an historic first final appearance, rocked them with two well-taken goals in both halves by Padraig Maher, and Graham Lawlor. Cloneen will rue many missed point scoring opportunities, particularly mid-way through the second half when they took the game to their more fancied opponents and held the upperhand for a long spell.
Cloneen were very quickly off the mark and within seconds corner-forward Padraig Delaney looked a likely goal-getter, but unfortunately the chance went abegging. Playing into a strong wind Piltown began to settle. Daniel Norris was very prominent setting up good scoring chances for his felloe forwards. Philly Kenny slotted over four efforts, and Piltown looked impressive at this stage. Graham Lawlor, from frees, kept the Cloneen score tally within striking distance before the same player fired home a goal to check Piltown’s forward march. Piltown responded with points from Daniel Norris, Martin Power,and Peter McCarthy to leave the half-time score Piltown 0-12 Cloneen 1-5.
The 2nd half followed the pattern of the first with points from Martin Power, and James Norris (frees) opening a 5- point gap again. Graham Lawlor kept his side in touch again with well-taken frees. Cloneen enjoyed a good ten-minute spell midway through the half, when they layed siege to the Piltown goal. Padraig Maher slammed home a great penalty. It was game on again but Piltown’s introduction of Nicholas Kenny and Nollaig Brophy gave them new impetus, both adding two points each, and helped to grind out a well-earned victory against a very formidable Cloneen challenge.
Piltown had very good performances from Daniel Norris, Peter McCarthy, Michael Burchill,Philly Kenny, Martin Power with good support from Andrew McCarthy, Neil Kelly and Kevin Walsh. Cloneen were very well served by Kevin Delaney, Mark Maguire, Ronan Walsh, Noel Roche, Graham Lawlor with strong backing from Patrick Brennan, and Brian Cahill.
Piltown: Andrew Norris, Brendan Norris, Andrew McCarthy, Michael Burchill, Peter Mc Carthy (0-1), Shane Kinsella (Capt.), Neil Kelly, Kieran Norris, Kevin Walsh, Martin Power (0-3), Daniel Norris (0-2), Philip Kenny (0-4), Richard McCarthy, James Norris (0-7, five frees5), David Kinsella.
Subs.: Nollaig Brophy(0-2); Nicholas Kenny(0-2)
Cloneen: Gary Delaney (Capt.), Kevin Delaney, Patrick Brennan, Mark Maguire, Philip Roche, Kevin Philips, Paul Kelly, Dean Shortall, Brian Cahill(0-2), Ronan Walsh (0-1), Noel Roche(Capt.), Graham Lawlor(1-6, five pointed frees),, Padraig Delaney, Padraig Maher (I-0, pen.), Eamon Mooney.
Sub. M.J. Feehan
Referee: Seán Cleere (O’Loughlin Gaels)