IHC, Saturday 16th September 2017
Kinvara Intermediates sealed their quarter-final place with this hard earned win over east Galway side Kiltormer. It was nip and tuck for the opening 30 mins, but a strong ten minute period for Kinvara after the resumption helped them push for victory.
Played in wet conditions in Loughrea, it was Kinvara who opened the proceedings with a Conor Whelan free. Kiltormer replied with a brace from play, before Niall Curtin levelled it after 7 mins (0-2 to 0-2). A good spell for Kiltormer saw them troubling the Kinvara backs, and they regained the lead with two more points from play (0-4 to 0-2).
Conor Whelan’s pointed free reduced the margin, and then a great point from the in form Colm Burke levelled matters yet again. Conor Whelan pointed from play to give Kinvara a 0-5 to 0-4 lead, but by the 20th minute it was been reversed in Kiltormers favour as they led 0-6 to Kinvara’s 0-5.
Trellick’s Shane Kavanagh levelled it again with a point from play, and then Conor Whelan regained the lead for Kinvara with two more from frees. Kiltormer scored the last point of the half to leave the interval score at Kinvara 0-8 to Kiltormer 0-7.
The big talking point of the opening half was indeed the straight red card given to Kiltormer’s Darren Hopkins. This happened towards the latter stages of the first half, and it really gave Kiltormer an uphill task for the second half.
On the resumption after the break it was Kinvara who shot out of the traps. The seasiders scored 1-5 without reply, and really it pushed this game oout of Kiltormer’s relief. Points were scored by Niall Curtin, Steve Moylan, Cathal Curtin, Conor Whelan two from frees, with the goal been pulled to the net by sub Cathal Connolly.
Kinvara now led 1-13 to 0-7 and seemed in control.
Kiltormer to their credit battled hard. They latched onto a long range free for a goal to reduce the margin with 18 mins left, but Kinvara had a reply with two more points from Conor Whelan and Cathal Curtin (1-15 to 1-7).
Kiltormer added a point, but with ten mins remaining Kinvara still led 1-15 to 1-8.
A Conor Whelan point from play extended the Kinvara lead, but Kiltormer kept within a distance by adding two more from play.
But Kinvara had a reply and kept the lead out of reach with three more points – one from Conor Whelan (free), and two from Aidan Moylan (score 1-19 to 1-10). With 5 mins remaining a glimmer of hope came for Kiltormer as they fired a 30 yard free to the net. The margin was just now 6 points (1-19 to 2-10), but Kinvara did not panic. Three final points from Niall Curtin and Conor Whelan (two) saw the lead back out to nine points, and a victory.
Kinvara had many fine performances throughout, and much credit to the backs who did the against a physical Kiltormer forward unit.
So Kinvara advance to the quarters, while Kiltormer fail to reach them in their first year back in the intermediate ranks.
Colm Callanan, Alan Leech, Shane Quinn, James Cronin-Rodger, Colm Burke 0-1, Ger Mahon, Shane Byrne, Niall Bermingham, Steve Moylan 0-1, Niall Curtin 0-3, Tom O’Donovan, Conor Whelan 0-12 (0-8 frees), Aidan Moylan 0-2, Shane Kavanagh 0-1, Cathal Curtin 0-2.
Subs: Cathal Connolly for T.O’Donovan (injured) 7 mins, David Burke for C. Connolly (45 mins), Brian Carroll for S. Kavanagh (injured) 58 mins.
Other subs were James O’Hara, Mark Deegan, Keelan O’Rourke, Mike Smith, Paul O’Sullivan, Eanna Linnane and Patrick Hannon.