In a tough and tense replay it was Knockavilla Kickhams who prevailed over a gallant Drom & Inch on Saturday afternoon last in the County Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final held in Cashel, winning 3-15 to 1-18.
Despite Drom leading at the break it was two goals in the space of three minutes in the second half from Peter Comerford and John O’Brien that hauled Knockavilla into a dominant position from which they never looked back. .
Following on from their West title triumph Kickhams will be delighted to progress to the semi final stage but they know despite their ability they need to play at full tilt for the whole game not just sporadically as has been the case in these two quarter finals.
Kickhams trailed at the break 1-11 to 1-7 with Drom well on top and the West side thankful for a Killian Loughman goal.
Kickhams took charge after the break.
Tommy Comerford pointed a long range free before Loughman and John O’Brien pointed to narrow the gap. When Peter Comerford and John O’Brien found the net the men in amber and black powered three points clear.
This soon became four then five with points from Conor Horan and Brendan Ryan. By the time The Ragg composed themselves they had a mountain to climb and also lacked any goal threat with their two best weapons Cantwell and Lillis both operating closer to midfield than the goal.
Kickhams: T. Ryan; D. Horgan, R. O’Dwyer, D. Shanahan; P. Morrissey (0-1), T. Comerford (0-1,1F), B. Farrell; S. Morrissey, C. Horan (0-1); G. Farrell (0-1), D. Breen (0-1), P. Comerford (1-1); K. Loughman (1-3), K. Farrell, B. Ryan (0-5,4F).
Subs: J. O Brien (1-1) for K. Farrell (22), A. Butler for D. Breen (38), S. Griffey for B. Farrell (56).
Drom & Inch: C. Hassett; M Hicks, L. Kennedy, T. Cantwell; K. Aherne, P. Looby, M. McGrath; P. Stapleton, K. Young (0-1); P. Ryan (0-1), C. Ryan (0-1), J. Maher; J. Lillis (1-3), R. Hicks, M. Cantwell (0-11, 8F).
Subs: J. Butler (0-1) for P. Ryan (16), D. Larkin for P. Stapleton (40), T. Ryan for J. Maher (46), M. Cahill for C. Ryan (56).
Referee: Pat Gibson