Junior B Final 2018-10-05 10:33:00

Oriel House Ballincollig Junior B Hurling Championship

Final: Blarney 1-10 Cloughduv 1-9

The Mid Cork Junior B Hurling final saw the Blarney third team defend their title against the Cloughduv second fifteen at Coachford and they won by the narrowest of margins. The result was in the melting pot to the end but Blarney deserved their win.

Blarney played with the wind in the opening half but it was Cloughduv’s Kevin Walsh who scored first in the third minute, the only time his side led. Blarney had points from frees in the 6th and 7th minutes from Colm Sheehan, Kevin Walsh also from a free equalised in the 12th minute. Blarney then outscored their opponents by four points to one one and they were not flattered by their position as they hit nine wides in the first half. Cloughduv managed to reduce the arrears to the minimum when Glyn Egan in the 29th minute and Gavin Hickey in the 31st minute raised white flags, making it 0-6 to 0-5 in Blarney’s favour at the bvrweak.

Cloughduv had the wind to their backs in the second half but failed to utilise its advantage fully and Blarney were performing with a greater degree of confidence as Craig Sykes scored their eight point in the 34th minute. Gavin Hickey got a point back for Cloughduv but Blarney then produced a purple patch. Colm Sheehan pointed a free, Wayne Shine scored a point from play to put them further ahead and Blarney’s position was then further improved in the 40th minute when Robert Morey crashed the sliotar to the net. Cloughduv were in trouble but in the 43rd minute a delivery by James Verling found Glyn Egan who promptly fired the sliotar to the Blarney net. Ciarán Canty and Luke Eliot with points reduced the arrears to the minimum with 12 now remaining. Cloughduv had chances . Different players from their lineout failed to score from placed balls while Colm Sheehan improved Blarney’s position when he scored their tenth point. Ciarán Canty managed to secure a minor in the 55th minute so Cloughduv still had time to at least snatch an equaliser. Blarney’s defence where Stephen Sheedy and Padraig Conway stood out foiled their opponents efforts at equalising so the title holders retained the crown.

Cloughduv: Glyn Egan 1-1, Kevin Walsh 0-3 (0-2 frees), Gavin Hickey 0-2 (0-1 free) Ciarán Canty 0-2, Luke Elliot 0-1

Cloughduv: Conrad Crowley: Sean Twomey, Paul O Sullivan, Kevin McNamara: Luke McCarthy, Donal Cronin, Luke Elliot: Gavin Hickey, Michael Dunne: Cian Lehane, Ciarán Canty, Kevin Walsh: James Verling, Tadg O Riordan, Glyn Egan. Subs: Eoghan Curzon, William Ronan, Paudie O Leary, Cian Lehane.

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