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Match Reports: Senior Hurling June 15th 2003 County Championship: Round 2. UCC 1-18, Killeagh 1-08 UCC, playing a powerful brand of hurling sent out a clear message, that they have a big say in the permanent tsb Cork County SHC with an emphatic victory over Killeagh at Cobh last night. UCC were superb an over the field, with their inter-county men in top form. it was a game to remember for corner forward Noel Malonoy . He contributed 1-8 of his side's tally, showing magnificent accuracy from frees, while Limerick senior, corner-back Michael Clifford can also be pleased with his nights work in holding joe Deane scoreless from play. Killeagh were a huge disappointment and never reached the heights of game v St. Finbarr's in the first round. Playing into the wind they had perfect start when joe Deane pointed a free after 20 seconds and when Mark Landers landed another another from a 60 metre free a minute later it all appeared to be going to plan for the East Cork side. However UCC were level after ten minutes and soon took control. Cork's Tom Kenny was a tower of strength at wing back, Richie Flannery (Tipperary) completely blotted out joe Brenner at midfield and Maloney's accuracy had the students 0-8 to 0-5 in front after 20 minutes. The students' superiority was illustrated in magnificent fashion in the 27th minute when the highly impressive Rory O'Doherty picked out Noel Maloney and the Tipperary man gave Bernard Rochford no chance with a blistering shot to the roof of the net. Maloney showed his exceptional talents with two further points and at half time UCC led 1-10 to 0-6 and looked well on their way to round three and a meeting with Muskerry. Again Killeagh re-jigged their forces for the second half by placing Landers at centre-back and making two substitutions, all to no avail as UCC tacked on a brace of points to set their lead to nine after 35 minutes. A game that attracted huge interest following two excellent contests between the teams last season was badly in need of a Killeagh goal and it came from an unlikely source in the 35th minute, goalkeeper Bernard Rochford found the net from a penalty after joe Deane was fouled. Two quick points were added and it looked as if Killeagh would make a match of it. However they flattered to deceive as the students with Rory O'Doherty continuing to exert a lot of influence at midfield hit back with 3 unanswered points and at the end of the third quarter UCC led 1-15 to 1-8. Despite the big gap Killeagh continued to apply the pressure but their forwards could make no impression on a UCC defence in which Padraig Kilmartin, johnathan Olden and Luke Mannix were outstanding and the fact that Killeagh failed to score for the last 20 minutes of this disappointing tie is testament to just how much in control the UCC defence was. TEAM: B Rochford, K Skully, N.0'Connor, T.Barry, R. Walsh, C.Fogarty, J.Brenner, L. Collins; B. Walsh, M. Byrne, M.Landers, B.Barry, J. Deane, T. Fitzgibbon. Subs: J O'Connor for Fitzgibbon, B.Barry for T.Barry, J Fitzgerald for B.Walsh, W.Sexton for Fogarty. Week ending - May 25th 2003 League: Round 7. Castleyons 0:11; Killeagh 1:06 Sorry, No report. Week ending - May 18th 2003 League: Round 6. St. Catherines 1:05; Killeagh 0:06 Sorry, No report. May 3rd 2003 County Championship: Round 1. St. Finbarrs 2-15, Killeagh 2-11 So this year's Senior campaign is underway. The Barrs beat us by 4 points but we played better for 45 minutes (apart from first 10 and last 5) than we did all through last year's championship. In a great game of hurling in testing conditions, Killeagh proved to be every bit the equal of the great Barrs. Bugsy showed that he could be our next Cork senior, an absolute gem scoring 2-3 at 17 years of age, in his third year on the team he has developed rapidly to be one of our key players. Johnny Brenner and Mark hurled near their best, while Richard Walsh and Colin Fogarty also dominated in the half back line. However, the star of the night must have been Michael Byrne who showed Cork's No. 6 Ronan Curran how difficult it is to mark a good No. 11. If the Barrs goalie hadn't been so inspired (lucky!) maybe it would have been our night. Anyway, it's back to the drawing board for Round 2 against UCC, sometime in June. TEAM: Bernard Rochford (Captain), Noel O Connor, Damien Irwin, Padraig McCarthy, Mark Landers (0-3f), Richard Walsh, Colin Fogarty, Brian Barry, Johnny Brenner, Johnny Fitzgerald, Michael Byrne (0-2), Larry Collins (S), Brendan Barry (2-3), Joe Deane (0-1f), Tomas Fitzgibbon (0-1). SUBS USED: John O Connor, Brendan Walsh, Conor Cronin, William Sexton. April 27th 2003 League: Round 5. Glen Rovers 2-6; Killeagh 1-6 Sorry, No report. Week ending - April 21th 2003 League: Round 4. Killeagh beat Midleton Sorry, No report. Week ending - April 21th 2003 League: Round 3. Killeagh 2-12; Erins Own 0-16 Sorry, No report. March 30th 2003 East Cork Championship. Sars 3-19 Killeagh 3-6 Sorry, No report. March 30th 2003 League: Round 2. Na Piarsaigh 7-11 Killeagh 5-8 Maybe it's the SSS - 'second season syndrome' but we certainly son't seem to be firing on all cylinders yet. Obviously Eileen Sexton's untimely death this week (may she rest in peace now) had an unsettling effect on the players and management, with whom she had a great relationship, but we still played very poorly against Na Piarsaigh last Sunday morning, March 30th. Maybe some people had their thoughts focused on the later futile Grand Slam effort!! We had to play second fiddle throughout after Setanta O hAilpin repeated his Saturday heroics with two green flags in the first quarter, and although we led at half- time, the wind factor brought the city slickers back into it in the second half. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the game was the return of Johnny Brenner after many months out through injury, and he gave a fine performance on his return. TEAM: B Rochford, K Scully, D Irwin, P McCarthy, N O Connor, R Walsh, J Fitzgerald, C Cronin, J Brenner, L Collins, M Byrne, J O Connor, T Fitzgibbon, J Deane, Brendan Barry. SUBS USED: Brian Barry, J Walsh, B Walsh March 16th 2003 League: Round 1. Sarsfields 1-16; Killeagh 1-7 At Riverstown on Sunday March 16th, Killeagh were well beaten by a strong Sars outfit in the first game of this year's SHL. Despite playing with a strong wind in the opening half, and Michael Burne getting the opening score of the game, Sars were well on top even before they goaled in the 12th minute. THis gave them alead of 1-2 to 0-3, and minutes later Joe Deane caught a great ball on the edge of the square only to see his shot well saved by Sars keeper Paddy Gahan. At half-time, we trailed by 1-9 to 0-6 and coach Peter Power and manager Niall Crowley had an uphill battle to turn things round. We seemed to get the opportunity we wanted early in the second half when Sars were reduced to 14 players, but the comeback never materialised. A late goal by Brendan Barry only put a gloss on the final score. Our retirements, injuries and players playing below form means that we start our 2003 campaign with 'nul points'. Next outing on Saturday 23rd at home to Newtownshandrum. In truth, we need a big improvement. TEAM: Bernard Rochford (Captain), Kieran Scully, Damien Irwin, Padraig McCarthy, Colin Fogarty, John Fitzgerald, RIchard Walsh, Thomas Barry, Conor Cronin (0-1), John O Connor, Michael Byrne (0-1), Tomas Fitzgibbon, Brendan Barry (1-1), Larry Collins, Joe Deane (0-4, 3f). SUBS USED: Brendan Walsh, John Walsh, Sean Crowley, Shane Scully.
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