Noah the hero

Ta­bles turned for Kil­more

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DEAN GOOD­I­SON

KIL­MORE CRAAN­FORD 3-7 4-2

THESE KIL­MORE lads would be for­given for think­ing it wasn’t go­ing to be their day again. A week af­ter a last-gasp goal cost them their hurl­ing crown, they trailed Craan­ford head­ing into the last minute in the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-13 hurl­ing Di­vi­sion 4 shield fi­nalKilm.

How­ever, St. Pa­trick’s Park will al­ways hold fond mem­o­ries for this team now. Just when they needed some magic, trail­ing by 4-2 to 2-7, Noah Cul­leton de­liv­ered with a dev­il­ishly dip­ping shot that flew past Paddy Red­mond to give his side the win.

While it was a harsh end­ing for Craan­ford, there’s no doubt Kil­more de­served their slice of for­tune. They com­pletely dom­i­nated the open­ing quar­ter and build a de­cent 2-3 to nil lead, but went off the boil and al­lowed their gutsy op­po­nents a route back into the game.

Eoin Cheev­ers had the open­ing dead-ball on the board in the sec­ond minute and the next free, struck by Tadhg Rowe with some force, found its way into the back of the Craan­ford net.

James Cousins scored a classy point be­fore Cul­leton nabbed his first goal af­ter good work by Leo Sin­nott.

Rowe opened up the nine-point lead and James Cloney later pointed, but Craan­ford be­gan to re­spond as the half wore on.

Jack Smyth knocked over a pair of dead-balls and Billy Red­mond re­acted quickly to a break­ing ball in the goal­mouth to net and leave the game finely bal­anced at the in­ter­val (2-4 to 1-2).

Craan­ford took four min­utes af­ter the changeover to goal twice, through Dar­ragh Stead­mond and Red­mond. How­ever, Rowe lev­elled the scores with a free (2-5 to 3-2).

Eoin Spencer’s 44th-minute ma­jor seemed to send the Gorey Dis­trict side on their way, but points from Rowe and Cloney put the min­i­mum be­tween the sides be­fore Cul­leton won it in dra­matic style.

Kil­more: Kil­lian Sin­nott; Mark Kelly, Jake Scallan, Ste­fan Bates; David O’Reilly, James Cloney (capt., 0-2, 1 free, 1 ‘65), Dy­lan Hore; Joseph Healy, James Cousins (0-1); Eoin Cheev­ers (0-1 free), Aaron Dempsey, Noah Cul­leton (2-0); Leo Sin­nott, Conor O’Reilly, Tadhg Rowe (1-3 frees). Subs. (rolling) - Lewis Cos­grave, also Sam For­tune, Dar­ragh Mythen, Mark Roche, Seán Lowry.

Craan­ford: Paddy Red­mond; Dy­lan O’Brien, Michael Kin­sella (capt.), Larry Kin­sella; Conor Cas­sidy, Eoin Spencer (1-0), Fionn Mur­phy; Cian Wa­ters, Conor Hayes; Billy Red­mond (2-0), Dar­ragh Stead­mond (1-0), Liam O’Brien; Jack Smyth (0-2, 1 free), Calvin O’Toole, Ky­lan Doyle. Subs. (rolling) - Louie O’Hal­lo­ran, Conor Donoghue, also Daryl O’Brien, Michael Doyle, Ben Kin­sella, Pa­trick Finn, Eoin Stead­mond, Lor­can Doyle.

Ref­eree: Sea­mus Whe­lan (Oyle­gate-Glen­brien).

The Kil­more boys who had a wel­come change of for­tunes af­ter their foot­ball dis­ap­point­ment.

Craan­ford, who went down to a nar­row de­feat.

Kil­more cap­tain James Cloney with Dean Good­i­son, rep­re­sent­ing Peo­ple News­pa­pers, and Angela McCor­mack of Coiste na nOg.

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