U/21 Hurling Championship Saturday 21st March 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Claughaun
Kilmallock 2-9 Doon 0-20
Against the favourites to lift this year’s trophy Kilmallock Under 21s put up a brave battle on Saturday last in a sun-drenched Claughaun pitch. Doon raced into an early lead but three points from Conor Staunton kept us ticking over until a goal from Cal McCarthy at the end of the first half sent us in trailing 0-13 to 1-3.
It was a different Kilmallock team that came out for the second half and having made a number of changes and a number of positional switches the boys in green started to get on top in many areas of the field. Conor Staunton was again faultless from placed balls and Paddy O’Loughlin, now operating from centre-back sent over a monstrous free from seventy yards. Jack Quaid got on the end of another Conor Staunton free and powered the sliotar to the Doon net to close the gap to just four points with five minutes remaining. But this was as close as we were to get as Doon tagged on another point and held out for a deserved victory.
Kilmallock may have bowed out of the 2015 Championship today but they did not go out without a fight and this young team can take heart from this performance.
Kilmallock – Adam Costello, Stephen Quirke, Noel Foley, Oisin O’Reilly, Tomas English, Dan Joy (Captain), Anthony Barrett, Paddy O’Loughlin (0-1), Dean Brazill, Conor Staunton (0-7), Robbie Hanley, Jack Quaid (1-0), Cal McCarthy (1-0), Henry Leahy, Micheal Houlihan.
Subs : Ciaran O’Connor for English (half-time), Barry Sheedy (0-1) for McCarthy (45 mins), Fergal Chawke, Josh Cahill , Odhran Hennessy, Paudie Flanagan