Junior A Hurling Championship versus St Mary's this Saturday 26th May at 7pm.
Junior A Hurling League (Rossmore, 19th May 2012)
St James' 1-14 Kilmeen 0-14
With championship on the horizon, the junior A hurlers were intent on a win in Rossmore, and duly came up with the goods against a decent Kilmeen side in Friday’s league fixture. Incessant rain complicated matters for both sides, yet this was still a good game of hurling to watch, and there were plenty of scores.
Despite the soap-like qualities of the sliotar, the St James’ defenders played with self-assurance and steely nerves, whilst midfielder James O’Driscoll did most of the scoring damage, scoring three points from play and converting five frees for a total of eight points. In-form Micheál McCarthy (D) at centre-forward got a deserved return of two points for his massive workload and willingness to strike from distance, whilst Brian O’Donovan, Mark Evans, Kevin Kearns and Tadhg Casey each scored a point worthy of a replay had the match been televised.
Michael Santry’s goal just after the break will not be a contender for goal of the season – not even goal of the day – but was crucial as it gave St James’ the lead for the first time in the game, and though Kilmeen continued to plug away, they failed to keep up with the second-half scoring rate set by St James’.
Panel: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoin Deasy, Finbarr McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan, James O’Sullivan, Seamus McCarthy, James O’Driscoll (0-8, 5f), Brian O’Donovan (0-1), Micheál McCarthy (D) (0-2), Mark Evans (0-1), Kevin Kearns (0-1), Michael Santry (1-0), Conor Hegarty, Tadhg Casey (0-1), Shane Field, Eoin Feen, Johnny Carroll, Shaun Goggin