A draw was a fitting end to this O’Dwyer Steel West under-21 A hurling championship game played at Annacarty on Saturday afternoon, Arravale Rovers and Clonoulty-Rossmore drawing 0-12 each
A good lively game, played with a fine level of intensity, the fortunes of the game changed at different times and kept the small crowd engaged and excited.
Arravale had the livelier start and looked as if they would overrun Clonoulty.
Paddy Dalton caused the Clonoulty backs many headaches and Arravale led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Clonoulty them came into their stride and were on top for the reminder of the half, getting the last three points from Sean Maher to be level with Arravale at 0-7 each at the break.
Clonoulty continued to dominate after the resumption and led by 0-12 to 0-8 after twenty minutes.
It looked at this stage as if they were home and hosed.
However, Arravale weren’t done.
They dug deep and resurrected a great final ten minutes to score 4 points and draw level at 0-12 each just before the final whistle.
As well as Paddy Dalton, others to stand out for Arravale were Donagh Leahy, Tony Byrnes and Peter Mulhaire.
James Ryan (W), James Horan, Martin Sadlier and Sean Maher impressed for Clonoulty.
Arravale Rovers: James Kinane, Ted Lowry, Ciarán Lowry (0-1), Pearse Richardson, Tony Byrnes, Shane Leahy, Her Halligan, Darragh Crowe (0-1), Darragh Coughlan (0-1), Fintan Ryan (0-1), Donagh Leahy, Peter Mulhaire, Micheal Ryan, Paddy Dalton (0-8), Eoin Lonergan.
Sub: Seamus Kinane for Pearse Richardson.
Clonoulty-Rossmore: David Egan, Sean Coffey, James Horan, Darren Corcoran, James Ryan (W), Ciaran Quirke, Ronan Heffernan (0-1), Kevin Maher, Martin Sadlier (0-1), Aaron Ryan, Paul Hayes, Seamus Carew (0-1), Stephen Quinn (0-1), Sean Maher (0-8), Shane Fryday.
Subs: Denis Murphy for James Ryan (W), Andrew Purcell for Seamus Carew.
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Kickhams)