Kin­sella earns derby draw

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG

HWH-BUN­CLODY ASKAMORE

A TED Kin­sella pointed free in ad­di­tional time handed Askamore a life­line as they sal­vaged a late draw with neigh­bours HWH-Bun­clody in this The Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing cham­pi­onship Group A game in Mon­amolin on Sun­day.

Hav­ing led for most of this game, Askamore al­lowed the ini­tia­tive to slip in the fi­nal quar­ter, so much so that it took that late in­ter­ven­tion with Kin­sella’s free to sal­vage a point.

They are still in a must-win sit­u­a­tion in their fi­nal game to stand any chance of pro­gress­ing through to the quar­ter-finals, which is in stark con­trast to their op­po­nents who now sit on top of the ta­ble on five points with their knock­out spot look­ing a lit­tle more as­sured.

Askamore had a dream start, ex­plod­ing into a 2-2 to 0-2 lead in­side the open­ing seven min­utes through goals from Ed­mond Kenny and Pádraig Byrne.

Bun­clody struck back in the eighth minute when Ai­dan Nolan placed Cathal Doyle for a goal to re­duce the deficit to 2-2 to 1-2.

With Ted Kin­sella and Shane Tomkins im­press­ing in the Askamore at­tack, they con­tin­ued to stretch their lead with some fine points, while it took Billy Kelly and Ai­dan Nolan ef­forts to keep Bun­clody in con­tact.

Still, Askamore led by 2-11 to 2-8 at the in­ter­val, with Ai­dan Nolan goal­ing for the opposition just on the break..

Straight from the re-start Podge Ke­hoe was pre­sented with a real chance of equal­is­ing but pulled his shot into the side-net­ting as ’keeper Brian Hay­den ad­vanced.

While points from Conor Crean and Billy Kelly did re­duce the deficit to the min­i­mum (2-11 to 2-10) af­ter 37 min­utes, it was still the point-tak­ing abil­ity of Kin­sella, Pádraig Byrne and Tomkins that kept Askamore in front, and they led by 2-14 to 2-12 at the end of the third quar­ter.

With the sides dead­locked at 2-15 each af­ter 49 min­utes, a su­perb long-range Colm Far­rell point gave Bun­clody the lead for the first time with seven min­utes re­main­ing.

And they were still cling­ing to that sin­gle point ad­van­tage un­til Kin­sella’s late in­ter­ven­tion from an ad­di­tional time pointed free, to give his side a share of the spoils with their neigh­bours.

HWH-Bun­clody: Arthur O’Neill; Martin O’Con­nor, Colm Far­rell (0-1), David Reck; Conor Crean (0-1), Seán Kenny, Enda Slevin (0-1); Billy Kelly (0-4, 3 frees), John Atkin­son (0-1); Ro­nan Roberts (0-1), Ai­dan Nolan (1-4), Ed­ward Dun­bar; Cathal Doyle (1-2), Eoin Kelly (0-1), Podge Ke­hoe (0-2). Subs. - John Dunne for Atkin­son, Atkin­son for Dun­bar, Conor Hen­drick for Dunne.

Askamore: Brian Hay­den; Pa­trick Nolan, Frank Lan­caster, Tomás Hay­den; Tom Ka­vanagh (0-2), Tommy Dev­ereux, James Lan­caster; P.J. Nolan (0-1), Conor Lev­ing­stone; Gavin Sun­der­land, Shane Tomkins (0-4), Pádraig Byrne (1-1); Ted Kin­sella (0-8 frees), Ed­mond Kenny (1-1), Garry Do­ran (01). Sub. - Billy Nolan for Lev­ing­stone.

Ref­eree: Paddy Brady (Ballygarrett).

Alan Car­ton of Cloughbawn is closed down by Oylegate-Glenbrien duo Michael Hef­fer­nan and Mike Kelly in their Pet­titt’s SHC clash in Belle­field on Satur­day.

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