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Clonoulty have 20 points to spare at finish

Clonoulty Rossmore 4-21 Knockavilla Kickhams 0-13

Clonoulty Rossmore 4-21 Knockavilla Kickhams 0-13

Clonoulty Rossmore enjoyed a comfortable victory over a determined Kickhams side at Dundrum on Wednesday evening last in the opening round of this year’s Dundrum House Hotel minor A hurling championship.

Kickhams were out of the traps much faster and had three points on the scoreboard from Killian Loughman (2 frees) and Eoin Heffernan after five minutes.

Clonoulty opened their account after six minutes with a Ronan Heffernan point from a 65. This he followed up a minute later with the game’s opening goal. Heffernan added another point after nine minutes. Killian Loughman hit back with two for Kickhams to level. Clonoulty then hit a ten minute purple patch which yielded 1-6 without reply, the scores coming from Gary Donnelly (2) James Hammersley (2) Declan O’Dwyer (1) and Ronan Heffernan (1-1).

Kickhams, however, did not throw in the towel and scored the next four points from Loughman (3) and one from Brendan Ryan. Enda Heffernan then scored a great point. Ronan Heffernan added another and Paddy Hennessy struck a killer blow, on the stroke of half time, when he found the net with a first time ground shot. This left the half time score Clonoulty 3-10 Knockavilla Kickhams 0-9.

The second half had barely started when Clonoulty’s Declan O’Dwyer found the net from close range to effectively kill off this game as a contest. David Dunne and Paddy Hennessy added points for Clonoulty. Kilian Loughman had a point from a free after four minutes. Clonoulty replied with points from Gary Donnelly (2) Ronan Heffernan and Enda Heffernan before Loughman again put over a free for Kickhams on 17 minutes. Clonoulty dominated the last quarter with points from Ronan Heffernan (4) and James Hammersley. Kickhams replied with points from Loughman and Ger Browne.

Clonoulty Rossmore: Dillon Quirke, Dillon Kennedy, David Egan, Adam Fryday, Denis Murphy, Enda Heffernan (0-2,1F), Odran Quirke, Paddy Hennessy (1-1), Mikey Ryan (W), David Dunne (0-1), Ronan Heffernan (2-9, 5F), Gary Donnelly (0-4), Fintan Kearney, James Hammersley (0-3), Declan O’Dwyer (1-1). Subs, Aidan Carroll, Thomas Ryan.

Knockavilla Kickhams: Dean Nolan, Killian O’Meara, Tom Hayes, John Ryan, Padraig O’Carroll, Brian Hand, Walter O’Carroll, Elliott Thomson, Eoin Heffernan (0-1), Brendan Ryan (0-1), Killian Loughman (0-10, 7F), Joe Lonergan, Mark McGrath, Andre McLoud, Ger Browne (0-1). Subs, Eoin Hand, Dillon O’Brien, Phelim Carberry.

Referee: Paddy Russell (Emly).

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