Piltown 0-15, Kilmacow 0-9
Piltown started their junior league championship campaign in good style with a 0-15 to 0-9 away win over near neighbours Kilmacow. This win was hard earned as it was Kilmacow who opened the brighter with early scores from a Richie McNamara free and one from play, courtesy of Johnny Hayes who provided real early threat for the green and whites. Luke Harney and Brian Fleming set the tone early on as they set about their business with dash. Piltown playing with a strong wind at their backs responded with pointed frees by sharp shooting James Norris before the classy Richie McCarthy turned on a six pence to score after good approach work by the Piltown full forward, James Norris. Kilmacow levelled with a Paddy O’Keeffe 65” after twelve minutes. This was possibly a poor return for Kilmacow’s early endeavour and Piltown slowly but surely went about their business with only a McNamara free and a Hayes point to interrupt them. Nollag Brophy really came to the fore when the game was at its hottest. Points from play from Daniel Norris were telling as they kept the scoreboard ticking and saw Kilmacow’s early stranglehold on the game diminish and break. Kevin Walsh knocked over a superb long-range point.
Piltown led at half time by 0-9 to 0 -5 after playing with the aid of the breeze.
The second half resumed much the same as the first half ended. Piltown having gained the upper hand were not in the type of form to let it go. Johnny Hayes, who was a threat throughout on limited supply, traded points with Daniel Norris. Peter McCarthy was a controlling influence and struck a 65” over to decorate a polished performance. The expected wind assisted pressure expected from Kilmacow in the second half was inconsistent and well dealt with by the miserly Piltown defence. Andy McCarthy and Shane Kinsella provided a commanding spine to Piltown’s defence, and Philly Kenny was a safe pair of hands on a blustery day. The other fly in the ointment for the Piltown rear-guard for much the second half was the introduction of the impressive Shay Dempsey who scored a classy point. Kilmacow’s youthful attack will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future, but it was the more experienced Piltown forwards who kept finding that little bit more on the day. Their interplay seemed more natural and penetrative and as a result they had more scorers from play than the opposition. Interestingly both sets of forwards looked more impressive playing into the wind. Many of the long wind-assisted deliveries were eagerly dealt with by both defences. Kevin Walsh had two good attempts at goal well saved by Richie O’Neill who was excellent between the sticks for Kilmacow. Points from the ever stylish Nicky Kenny and a hard working Paul Kirby gave last year’s county finalists a well-deserved six point win. Michael Brennan and his management team will be worried about injuries to key personnel but happy that there is good scope for further improvement.
Best for Piltown were Andy McCarthy, Peter McCarthy, Nicky Kenny, Nollag Brophy, Daniel Norris and James Norris.
Best for Kilmacow were Richie ONeill, Ian Ahearne, Brian Fleming, Luke Harney, Johnny Hayes and Shay Dempsey.
Piltown: Philly Kenny, Brendan Norris, Andrew McCarthy, Pa Connelly, Peter McCarthy, Shane Kinsella, Neil Kelly, Nicky Kenny, Kevin Walsh, Nollag Brophy, Daniel Norris, Paul Kirby, Martin Power, James Norris, Richard McCarthy.
Subs (used): Brendan McCarthy, David Kinsella, Niall Kinsella, Kieran Norris.
Kilmacow: Richie O’Neill, Ian Ahearne, Dean Power, Ray Hennessy, Denis Scully, Brian Fleming, Andy Kerins, Luke Harney, Paddy O’Keefe, Josh Tobin, Sean Flynn, Dylan Cooke, Richie McNamara, Shane Gaule, Johnny Hayes.
Subs:(used): Willie O’Toolle, Shay Dempsey, Sean Ivory.
Referee: Eddie Crowley. Mooncoin