A draw was a fair result to this game in this minor A hurling championship, played at Páirc Ciocam, Dundrum.
It was a case of Arravale winning the first half hands down and Kickhams doing the same in the second half.
James Kinane had the ball in the Kickhams net in the opening minute. He added a second after 15 minutes and Andy Cummins had a third six minutes later. They also scored a number of points and led by 3-6 to 0-5 at the interval.
In contrast Kickhams, who scored two points in the first five minutes, didn’t score again until five minutes before the interval, when a mini revival saw them add three more white flags.
Having revealed some flicker of life just before the interval, Kickhams were totally awake in the second half and dominated the game. Two points followed a goal by Walter O’Carroll after eight minutes, made them believe that the lead was surmountable and they gradually ate into the Arravale lead and actually went ahead in the 29 minute.
Arravale, who were only a shadow of their first half performance, got two scores. James Kinane had a point after five minutes and then they hit a rake of wides until Daragh Crowe finally found the target in the 30th minute with the equalising point.
Arravale Rovers: Paul O’Connor, Cian Ryan, Ted Lowry, Julien Lenk, Conor Kissane, Ger Halligan, Tommy Byrnes, Ciarán Lowry (0-2), Pearse Richardson, Eoin Lonergan, Daragh Crowe (0-1), Andy Cummins (1-1), James Kinane (2-3), Tommy Lowry (0-1), Paul Jones. Sub: Roonan Fogarty.
Kickhams: Dean Nolan, Thomas Hayes, Brian Hand, Killiam O’Meara, John Ryan, Killian Loughman, Elliot Thompson, Fionn Hogan, Brendan Ryan (0-10), Eoin Heffernan (0-2), Sean Butler, Ger Browne, Cathal Ryan, Walter O’Carroll (0-2), Dylan O’Brien. Sub: Padraig O’Carroll (1-0) for Cathal Ryan.
Referee: Fergal Hickey (Golden-Kilfeacle)
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