Kelly goals take the heat off David­stown

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DAVE DEV­EREUX


TWO QUICKFIRE goals from James Kelly mid­way through the sec­ond-half drove David­stown-Courtnacuddy to a price­less vic­tory over Clongeen in Group B of the Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing championship in Kil­lurin on Satur­day.

The En­nis­cor­thy District men could have dropped their heads when they were re­duced to 14 men five min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val and when Clongeen, play­ing with the aid of a stiff enough breeze, got back to within a point the tide looked to have turned firmly in their favour.

How­ever, Kelly’s two ma­jors in the space of 90 sec­onds put David­stown-Courtnacuddy very much back in the driv­ing seat and Clongeen weren’t able to re­duce that seven-point deficit by the fin­ish.

David­stown-Courtnacuddy had much the bet­ter of it in the early stages, scor­ing six points with­out re­ply by the 20th minute, although their op­po­nents were guilty of some way­ward shoot­ing.

James Doyle opened the scor­ing, the lively David O’Dwyer added a dou­ble, while Mark Byrne stroked over three frees in that pe­riod of dom­i­nance.

Clongeen were right back in the game in the 24th minute though, when a Ricky Rochford ‘65 dropped into the dan­ger zone and the lurk­ing Paul Cur­tis got a touch to di­vert the ball past Seán Cooper.

Sec­onds later Cur­tis fired over a point, fol­lowed by a Ricky Rochford free, and Clongeen were back in the hunt.

David­stown-Courtnacuddy took a three-point lead into the in­ter­val (0-9 to 1-3), but af­ter Ricky Rochford opened the sec­ond-half scor­ing they suf­fered a real blow when Daryl Free­man was shown a red card.

When Rochford pointed again in the 43rd minute it left the min­i­mum be­tween the sides, but af­ter David O’Dwyer had knocked over his fifth score, two goals from James Kelly in the space of a minute de­cided the con­test.

First Kelly gath­ered a pass from O’Dwyer, burst through on goal and drilled a shot to the net, and mo­ments later he cut in­side and pow­ered an­other ef­fort past net­min­der Col­lie Byrne to give his side a seven-point ad­van­tage and Clongeen weren’t able to re­duce the gap.

The re­sult pre­served David­stown-Courtnacuddy’s Ju­nior sta­tus, while Clongeen have to dust them­selves down and pre­pare for a rel­e­ga­tion fi­nal against lo­cal ri­vals Ban­now-Bal­lymitty.

David­stown-Courtnacuddy: Seán Cooper; Daryl Free­man, Dar­ragh Cooper, Kevin Keane; Mark Mur­phy, Barry Nolan, Daniel De­laney; Mick Mur­phy, James Doyle (0-1); James Kelly (2-0), David O’Dwyer (0-5), Stephen Dun­bar; Stephen Kennedy, Mark Byrne (0-6 frees), Johnny De­laney. Subs. - Mick Power for Keane, Paddy Kennedy for Kennedy.

Clongeen: Col­lie Byrne; Danny O’Grady, An­ton Stafford, Richard Rochford; Tom Dono­van, Donal Mur­phy, Enda Mur­phy; Shane Cahill (0-1 free), Ger Foxe; Jim Ben­nett, Paul Cur­tis (1-1), Paudie Cahill (0-1); Barry Foxe, Ricky Rochford (0-5, 3 frees), Jame­sie Rochford. Subs. - Cian O’Grady for J. Rochford, Robert Far­rell for R. Rochford, Jamie Keat­ing for O’Grady.


Har­ri­ers). Seán Slaven (Faythe

Robert But­ler of St. Mary’s (Ross­lare) bat­tles for the ball with Paddy Breen (Monageer-Boolavogue).

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