GALWAY GAA: Kilbeacanty and Turloughmore to go Again


County Junior C Hurling Final – Saturday, 22nd September 2018 

Kilbeacanty 0-16 Turloughmore 1-13 

Darren Kelly in Kenny Park (Pictures: Joe Keane)

Kilbeacanty and Turloughmore will be forced to go again after a contest level seven times.  With 10 minutes remaining, Turloughmore were destined for victory as they led 1-13 to 0-12.  But Kilbeacanty managed to finish with four unanswered points started by two Conor Hennelly frees.

Kilbeacanty could have taken it on 58 minutes but Kenneth Corless’ shot saw an excellent save from Keith Hession even if the point was conceded.  But when Hennelly equalised in injury time, the inevitable stalemate was set.  It was no surprise taking events over the hour into account.

Kilbeacanty went 0-4 to 0-1 ahead on seven minutes.  Shane Moylette came close to an early goal after a Patrick Fahey delivery but Hennelly converted the resulting 65 before adding another free.

John O’Brien opened Turloughmore’s account but Kilbeacanty looked strong.  Moylette set up Thomas Broderick for the third white flag before Fahey and Mike McNamara were influential in Hennelly’s point from play.  However, Turloughmore weren’t to be undone and got back on level terms.

Francis Forde sent the ball across to the awaiting Joe Hession who struck first time off the ground to the net.  Oisin O’Donnell replied but Turloughmore were starting to win the exchanges.  Robert Dunleavey (2) and Donnacha Hughes put James Collins’ team 1-4 to 0-5 ahead on the quarter hour.

Kilbeacanty vs Turloughmore
Kilbeacanty full forward Shane Moylette breaks through the Turloughmore defence as Joe Hession of Turloughmore gives chase (Photo: Joe Keane)

Noel Glynn and Hennelly levelled, two more Hughes placed balls restored Turloughmore’s supremacy but Mike McNamara and Hennelly left it 1-6 to 0-9 at half-time.  Three Hennelly frees gave Kilbeacanty a 0-12 to 1-7 lead on 35 minutes before Turloughmore seized the initiative.

Francis Forde was the catalyst with two points inside a minute before frees for Shane Morris and Francis Forde (2) gave Turloughmore a 1-12 to 0-12 cushion entering the final 10 minutes.  When Francis Forde registered on 50 minutes, it looked curtains for Kilbeacanty but they came back.

Kilbeacanty vs Turloughmore Junior C Hurling
Kilbeacanty midfielder Cathal Fahey makes a vital late break through the Turloughmore to set up a vital score despite the challenge of Turloughmore defender Ronan O’Shaughnessy. Also in the photo are Kilbeacanty’s Noel Glynn and Turloughmore’s Joe Hession. (Photo: Joe Keane)

Scorers – Kilbeacanty: Conor Hennelly 0-11 (eight frees, two ‘65s), Mike McNamara 0-1, Noel Glynn 0-1, Oisin O’Donnell 0-1, Thomas Broderick 0-1, Kenneth Corless 0-1. 

Scorers – Turloughmore: Francis Forde 0-5 (two frees), Joe Hession 1-0, Donnacha Hughes 0-3 (all frees), Robert Dunleavey 0-2, Shane Morris 0-1, Mark McGrath 0-1, John O’Brien 0-1. 

Kilbeacanty: Jordan Mullins; Pat Mulkerins, Thomas O’Donnell, Gerry Lally; Patrick Fahey, John Fordham, Frank Gillane; Justin Fahey, Conor Hennelly; Mike McNamara, Noel Glynn, Stephen Carey; Oisin O’Donnell, Shane Moylette, Thomas Broderick.

Subs used: Mike Coen for Broderick (HT), Aaron Gilchrist for Fahey (47 mins), Kenneth Corless for Coen (53 mins).

Turloughmore: Keith Hession; Tom Caulfield, Tom Costello, Shane Dunleavy; Keith Fahy, Shane Morris, Ronan O’Shaughnessy; Mark McGrath, Robert Dunleavy; John O’Brien, Joe Hession, Conor Feeney; Denis Forde, Donnacha Hughes, Francis Forde.

Subs used: Tom Murphy for Hughes (HT), Christy Kearney for D Forde (48 mins), Sean Hughes for O’Brien (53 mins).

Referee: Vincent Burke (Ballygar)