Kilmacurra men see off Glenealy to secure semi spot
BARNDARRIG 2-11 GLENEALY 0-13
BARNDARRIG and Glenealy clashed at the St. Patrick’s grounds on Dunbar Rd. on Sunday last, September 1, in the quarter-final of the Intermediate hurling championship and what a belter of a game it was.
Ground conditions were good for hurling with a neat hurling sod but a strong breeze blowing away from the clubhouse end across the playing field proved to be a bit of a spoilsport.
The game was closely contested all through with never more than a couple of points separating the sides either way until Barndarrig got a break two minutes from time to finally give us a winner.
Matters were more than close on occasion and referee Ciaran O’Shea was busy with his yellow card delivering and he was forced to dip into the red card pocket as well.
Glenealy had first use of whatever advantage the wind provided but it took a few minutes for both sides to settle in. We had a couple of early wides from both sides before Barndarrig wing forward Andrew Kavanagh opened the scoring with a pointed free after five minutes.
Alan Conyard leveled from a free two minutes later but both defences continued to dominate and scores on either side were hard come by. Michael Byrne from play and Conyard from a free had Glenealy ahead by 0-3 to 0-1 after 12 minutes.
Glenealy were beginning to have more of the play at this stage with the Barndarrig attack struggling to make headway against a tight Glenealy rearguard.
However, a hasty, wayward clearance from the Glenealy goalmouth came straight to Johnny Nolan who gratefully buried the ball in the net. Barndarrig were now ahead somewhat against the run of play after seventeen minutes. Back came Glenealy with Alan Conyard leveling the game again from a pointed free.
Michael Byrne put them back in front with ten minutes left in the half. Malachy Stone leveled matters again but Conyard pointed another free to keep Glenealy in front.
However, with three minutes to go to the break they lost Michael Byrne to a red card. Stone brought the Kilmacurra men back on level terms.
Again, Alan Conyard pointed a free on the call of half-time to leave Glenealy ahead by the minimum at 0-7 to 1-3 at the break.
Barndarrig had the help of the breeze for the second half but Glenealy got off on the front foot with a free won straight from the throw in. Conyard, against the wind, was short but won a 65 which be converted. Barndarrig now began to get forward in attack more often with Jack McCall in particular putting in a great second half.
Malachy Stone was operating outfield but the Glenealy defence was proving to be a tough nut to crack and with Alan Conyard playing further outfield to compensate for their man short, the red and white brigade fought hard and stayed ahead almost to the end.
Barndarrig were heavily dependant on Andrew Kavanagh points from frees whereas Glenealy got a good spread of scores in the second half to add to Conyard’s five points from frees plus a 65.
Gavin Byrne, Vinnie Flaherty and Ross O’Brien chipped in with points from play plus two more from Conyard frees to leave Glenealy on thirteen points after 20 minutes in the second half. By that stage Andrew Kavanagh had scored four points for Barndarrig with one from play by Malachy Stone.
A sideline cut from Jack McCall was deflected towards goal, but an alert Joey Driver kept his goal intact. Barndarrig were putting the pressure on but were still two points in arrears at 0-13 to 1-8.
An Andrew Kavanagh free brought them within a point. Jack McCall leveled from play and Malachy Stone put them into the lead with five minutes left on the clock.
With one minute to go Barndarrig got a big break in a totally innocent situation. Glenealy goalkeeper Joey Driver appeared to allow a ball run wide. However, the ball had not the momentum to cross the line and Joey was forced to play it.
Unfortunately, his attempted clearance struck Johnny Nolan and deflected back into the open goal. Barndarrig now led by 2-11 to 0-13 and it was game over.
Glenealy lost Gavin Byrne and Oisin O’Neill to red cards in the last few minutes and finished with 12 men. Scorers - Barndarrig: Andrew Kavanagh 0-6, Johnny Nolan 2-0, Malachy Stone 0-4, Jack McCall 0-1.
Glenealy: Alan Conyard 0-8,
Barndarrig’s Bernard Quinn blocks a shot from Glenealy’s Vinnie Flaherty.
Paddy Redmond battles hard for Barndarrig during the IHC clash with Glenealy.
Glenealy’s Killian Hogan and Barndarrig’s Liam Dickenson compete.
Liam Dickenson drives forward for Barndarrig against Glenealy.