Lorrha advance as Cashel fail to recover from disastrous start

County SHC

County SHC

Lorrha-Dorrha 3-15

Cashel King Cormacs 1-9

Cashel King Cormacs went out of the race for the Dan Breen Cup in tame fashion when they failed to recover from a 2-2 deficit after just seven minutes and 3-7 to no score behind after twenty two minutes against a ‘Bonnar’ Maher inspired Lorrha-Dorrha at Templemore on Sunday evening.

It looked like the West side might go the half without scoring until Michael Coleman hit an excellent point in the 30th minute.

Cashel raised their game in the second half when they outscored the North side 1-8 to 0-8 in fading light but the result was never in doubt following the first half goal avalanche.

King Cormacs keeper David Enright will want to forget those early minutes when Lorrha took a stranglehold on the game.

The North side had hit three wides in as many minutes before ‘Bonnar’ Maher pointed a free in the 4th minute. Then a long delivery from Kevin Maher on the left wing appeared no carry no real threat but it was misjudged by Enright and ended up in the back of the net.

‘Bonnar’ pointed another free before disaster struck again for Enright. A shot from Ronan O’Meara again seemed to pose no danger but as Enright blocked it down to the ground and cleared, the umpire raised his green flag indicating that Enright had allowed it slip over the line.

And the one way traffic continued as Cashel could hardly get out of their half. Lorrha added points from Tadgh Nevin, two from O’Meara and Kevin Maher to go 2-6 ahead midway through the half.

In the 19th minute they added their third goal and this time Enright couldn’t be faulted with Jack Maher hitting a blistering shot to the net.

Michael Cleary added a point and it looked like Lorrha would keep Cashel scoreless for the half until up stepped Michael Coleman to turn his marker and shoot over for the side’s solitary first half score. Jonathan Grogan had a chance to add to it in added time following a foul on Philip Taylor but he put his free badly wide.

With a fifteen points cushion, Lorrha naturally took their foot off the gas in the second half as Cashel upped their performance.

Yet the hugely impressive Jack Maher opened the second half scoring for Lorrha within ten seconds but Cashel hit back through a fine Taylor point.

O’Meara pointed for Lorrha and Lee Burke hit back immediately for the King Cormacs as they had now settled to the challenge.

It looked like Lorrha might pull away again when Jack Maher and O’Meara hit points but Cashel’s response was impressive with Lee Burke getting through for a goal and Jonathan Grogan following up with a pointed free.

Cashel were never going to catch the North side but at least they made the half competitive.

They had the score back to 3-12 to 1-6 midway through the half when Simon Delaney and Grogan from a 65 replied to a Cian Hogan point for Lorrha.

And in the final ten minutes they outscored Lorrha three to two through Taylor (2) and a Grogan free to a ‘Bonnar’ Maher free for Lorrha and another from Cleary.

So from a long way out the result was known but Cashel deserve credit for their second half display and who knows what might have happened if they hadn’t conceded so much in the first quarter.

Tony Hewitt, Ronan O’Donoghue and David Delahunty settled in to give solid displays while Philip Taylor and Lee Burke caused problems up front in the second half and Michael Coleman was busy throughout.

Best for a Lorrha side that will meet stiffer tests than this were Jack Maher, Kevin Maher, Ronan O’Meara and county man Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher.

Lorrha-Dorrha - Philip Hogan, Donal Kennedy, William Maher, Graham Houlihan, Daniel Smith, Ciaran Haugh, Kevin Maher 1-1; Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher 0-4, 0-3 frees; Noel Hogan, Michael Cleary 0-2; Tadgh Nevin 0-1; Jack Maher 1-2; Cian Hogan 0-1, Ronan O’Meara 1-4; David Fogarty. Sub - Barry Moran for Kevin Maher.

Cashel KC - David Enright, Brian Minogue, Ross Doyle, Tony Hewitt, David Delahunty, Ronan O’Donoghue, David Shiels, Michael Coleman 0-1; Simon Delaney 0-1; Eddie Walsh, Edmond O’Dwyer, Daniel Slattery, Jonathan Grogan 0-3, 0-2 frees, 65; Lee Burke 1-1; Philip Taylor 0-3. Subs, Patrick Coates, Jason Connolly.

Ref - Paddy Ivors