Ballyhogue shows rich potential against Rathgarogue-Cushinstown
Ballyhogue 1-20 Rathgarogue-Cushinstown 0-11
ALLYHOGUE looked like a side determined to bounce back immediately from last year’s relegation when they comfortably represented Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in Group B of the TSB Junior “A” Permanent Hurling Championship at Bree on Sunday.
They needed just six minutes to take a 0-5-0 lead, and it was pretty much easy after that as they continued to hold a 0-11 0-4 advantage at half-time.
And just to underline their superiority, Noel Roche and free-taker Ronan Minogue scored the first two points on the restart before the latter grabbed the only goal of the game in the 35th minute – taking advantage of a pass from Liam Doyle after a decent delivery in the danger zone. by effective midfielder David Hennebry.
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown fought hard and never looked capable of closing the gap, although their best player Seán Kehoe led the charge with a third quarter double.
However, Ballyhogue’s frontrunners were simply too superior to their second-string opponents in most departments, with veteran Eddie Galavan up front in a backline determined to keep a clean sheet.
Cian Wickham’s points grab also caught the eye of the hosts, who lost to Ferns St. Aidan’s in one of last year’s junior relegation clashes.
Those top five scores had arrived from Ronan Minogue, Wickham, Liam Doyle, Minogue (free) and David Hennebry, and they were firmly on their way.
That leaves them on four points after the midweek victory over Tara Rocks, while Rathgarogue-Cushinstown are still looking for their first success after Thursday’s loss to Blackwater.
Ballyhog: Niall Maher; Eddie Galavan, Sean Rochford, Colm Parnell; Conor Byrne, James Parle, Seán Ring; David Hennebry (0-2), Graham Parker (captain); Liam Rossiter (0-1), Shane Byrne, Cian Wickham (0-4); Ronan Minogue (1-9, 0-7 free), Liam Doyle (0-1), Noel Roche (0-2). Under. – Dylan Dalton (0-1) for Parker (41).
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown: Fionn Slattery; John O’Keeffe, Adam Bookle, Luke O’Dwyer; Eoghan Devereux, Tomás McGrath, Seán O’Brien; Ian Kennedy (captain, 0-1), Aaron Ryan (0-1); Oisin Mac Eochaidh, Sean Kehoe (0-3), Eoin Burke (0-1); Conor Kavanagh, Aodhan Slattery (0-5 free), Darragh Roche. Subs. – Richard Murphy for Kavanagh (41), Eoin Doyle for Roche (55).
Arbitrator: Damien Donovan (Volunteers).