Junior A Hurling League (played in Rossmore)
Kilmeen 1-15 St James’ 0-8
Injuries forced St James’ to face Kilmeen with depleted forces, and the Rossmore lads took full advantage, though not until after the break. A strong following wind in the first half helped St James’ keep the differential low so that only two points separated the teams at the interval. Scores for St James’ had come from Mark Evans and Paul O’Sullivan – both grabbing their points through superb long-range marksmanship – and from the sound free-taking of James O’Sullivan. But in the second half, Kilmeen were able to score with relative ease whilst St James’ managed only three points in reply – two from frees and a late point by the outstanding Mark Evans. Though St James’ failed to keep up with Kilmeen, it was consoling to observe good performances from experienced players such as Shane O’Connell, Finbarr McCarthy and Eoin Deasy, all of whom showed a fine first touch and the ability to play the ball quickly. Damian Dooley also proved his worth yet again when twice called upon to take frees, both of which he duly dispatched. For the youngsters, Donnacha McCarthy was most impressive, not only for his hurling but because of a work rate never less than a hundred per cent. The match was preceded by a minute’s silence for the late Martin Connolly.
Team: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Emmet Hayes, Finbarr McCarthy, Eoin Deasy, Mark O’Brien, Paul O’Sullivan 0-1, Donnacha McCarthy, Brian O’Donovan, Micheál McCarthy (B), Mark Evans 0-2, Micheál McCarthy (D), James O’Sullivan 0-3, Denis Fitzpatrick, Garrett Lombard, Damian Dooley 0-2. Subs: Shane O’Connell, Andrew O’Leary, Pa Keohane.