JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior Hurling League [Section A] Group B - Windgap v. Piltown
Windgap 0-11 Piltown 1-12
Piltown registered their first win in round 2 of the JJ Kavanagh and Sons Junior Hurling League away to near neighbours Windgap on Sunday 11th May 2014. Conditions were conducive to good hurling and both sides played with endeavour in a first half that was largely entertaining. The opening five minutes was played at a frantic pace and only settled down after James Norris opened Piltown’s account with a point from play. Windgap responded well when a fine passage of play ended with a point from the classy Niall Walsh. Piltown enjoyed a period of dominance that saw Martin Power sprint away from the covering defence for a well taken point. Good link play from Peter McCarthy saw James Norris point from play while Kevin Walsh used the breeze to good effect to land a long range free. Cian Ryan and James Norris traded frees between there and half time as Windgap again found their feet in the game while Piltown all the time managed to keep their noses in front. A quickly taken Nicky Kenny free released James Norris down the right of the Piltown attack and after some neat interplay with Neil Kelly he pointed well to leave Piltown deservedly eight points to four up at the break.
Windgap got off to a good start in the second half and narrowed the gap to three points with a well struck Cian Ryan free. James Norris replied in kind at the other end for Piltown and when Martin Power pointed well off his left, Piltown looked like they kick on. It is to Windgap’s great credit that they dug in so effectively from this point on. The tide of the play turned and Windgap slowly but surely reduced their arrears as pressure applied led to the concession of frees near to the Piltown goal. The work rate of the Windgap forward line ably led by the clever Philip Lonergan saw the margin reduced to the bare minimum as the match entered its closing stages. Martin Power caused a stir by hitting the crossover after good approach work in a rare foray forward by the saffron wearers. Eoin Cody who worked well throughout got a lovely score to really put the pressure on. Kevin Walsh won a vital free for Piltown which James Norris duly converted to restore a two point lead. A late flicked James Norris goal from a long Kevin Walsh free put an unexpected gloss on the scoreboard from a Piltown perspective and even though Cian Ryan pointed a free in added time it was too little too late for the home side as Piltown emerged victors by four points.
Best for Windgap were Ger Purcell and Conor Lonergan in defence; both Tommy Fleming and Cian Ryan contributed well at midfield while Eoin Cody, Niall Walsh and Philip Lonergan did most upfront.
Andrew Norris will be happy with keeping a clean sheet in the Piltown goal and he was ably assisted by Brendan Norris, Kevin Walsh and Daniel Norris. Martin Power and James Norris were sharpest in attack.
Windgap: J. Murray, P. Landy, G. Purcell, D. O’Shea, A. Landy, C. Lonergan, W. Phelan, C. Ryan, T. Fleming, T. Lonergan, M. Enright, E. Cody, N. Walsh, P. Lonergan, E. Landy. Subs used: P. Walsh.
Piltown: A. Norris, B. Norris, A. McCarthy, C. O’Shea, K. Walsh, D. Norris, N. Kenny, T. Kenny, N. Kelly, S. Kinsella, P. McCarthy, M. Power (0-2), A. Murphy, J. Norris (1-9, one 65”,0-6 frees), P. Kenny. Subs used; M. Burchill, I. Long, D. Brophy.