Celtic Challenge – Cork City v Kilkenny 6/6/18

Cork City 1-18 V Kilkenny 3-12 Wed 6th June 2018

On Wed 6th June, in Bushey Park, the home of Brickey Rangers, just outside Dungarvan Co Waterford Cork City faced Kilkenny, leaders of the Group E in a Celtic Challenge round 4 game. With weather conditions perfect for a game of hurling the Co Waterford referee Thomas Walsh from Modeligo threw in the ball. For the first few mins of the game the ball travelled between both ends with Kilkenny getting the ball on 3 minutes over the bar. From the puckout the break of the ball favoured Cork where it was collected by Brian Hayes who drove it over the bar to register Corks first point of the day. Again, straight from the puck out Corks Kevin McCarthy collected a well worked in ball to put Cork ahead with their second point. Kilkenny had two scoring chances which they drove wide over the next 4 minutes before there corner forward was fouled on the 21 to allow Kilkenny full forward point from the free bringing the sides level.

Cork pushed on and won a free on the 65 with Conor O’Sullivan in good form on the day he struck it straight over the bar on the 8th minute this was followed by a further point on the 9th min from Joseph Harte and Gearoid Mulcahy added another to put Cork ahead 5 pts to 2pts. From the resulting puck out Corks Robbie Cotter collected a great ball and pointed. Cork looked well on top but with misses from Joseph Harte, Patrick O’Neill, Cian O’Dubhghaill and Liam O Driscoll that allowed Kilkenny settle before they scored a point followed quickly by a goal bringing the sides level again on 6pt to 1-3pts. Kilkenny then won a side line ball which they took quickly before their player in the 21-jersey collected it on the 40 and took it down the line to the 20 before striking it over the bar from the side line putting Kilkenny ahead by a point.

Cork kept pushing forward and with great work going on in defence they delivered good ball upfield when Dubhghaill running through the Kilkenny defence was fouled which allowed Corks Conor O’Sullivan to convert the free, then Kilkenny struck with their number 11 driving through the Cork defence to win another point which was followed up by another point from a free by their full forward. Just before half time O Sullivan converted another free which saw the sides go in at half time on a score of Cork 0-8 points to Kilkenny’s 1-6.

With the sun in the defence eyes Cork took to the field for the second half and almost immediately Brian Hayes struck for a point bringing the sides level and for the next five minutes both sides had some misses but on the scoreboard a brace of points were added by Connor O’Sullivan, from frees and Joseph Harte from play with Kilkenny also adding 3 points to the board, before they struck for their second goal of the day, with their full forward on the end of a great move to place the ball past Jack McCarthy who had come on for Peter O’Brien in the Cork net at half time. Cork responded well with another from a dead ball by Conor O’Sullivan and one from play by Ethan Twomey. Kilkenny won another free on the 40 with Their full forward taking frees he was in great form on the day and duly dispatched it over the bar before Cork were dealt another cruel blow with a goal from Kilkenny’s half forward to put the scores at 3- 11 to Corks 15pts.

From the puck out Corks half backs won the ball and delivered a great ball to the forward line with Kevin McCarthy collecting the last pass in a great move to blast it past the Kilkenny keeper who had no chance to stop it this was followed up by another point from Conor O Sullivan from play before Kilkenny answered by winning a free on the 21 which they converted putting them 2 points ahead with time almost up. James McGrath and Darragh Milner both scored a point apiece to bring the sides level for the last time and when the referee blew the whistle for full time the score was Cork 1-18 to Kilkenny’s 3-12.

Well done to both teams on a great Game of hurling. After the game ref Thomas Walsh presented the Fairest & Best player to Corks Brian Hayes and Kilkenny’s Jim Ryan.

Cork City

1 Peter O’Brien
2 Sean Murphy
3 Sean Harrington
4 Gavin Marshall
5 Daniel Harte
6 Gearoid Mulcahy
7 Kevin Sheehan
8 Darragh Milner
9 Robbie Cotter
10 Liam O’Driscoll
11 Jamie Linehan
12 Joseph Harte
13 Cian O’Dubhghaill
14 Brian Hayes
15 Sam Cunningham
16 Jack McCarthy
17 Cathal Crowley
18 Tomas Harrington
19 Michael Ahern
20 Patrick O’Neill
21 James McGrath
22 Luke O’Keeffe
23 Daniel O’Sullivan
24 Craig Ryan
25 James Walsh
26 Kevin McCarthy
27 Conor O’Sullivan
28 Ethan Twomey
29 Liam Power
30 Niall Hartnett
31 Tadhg O’Sullivan
32 Andrew Cotter