Parish League07 May 2009 by Gilbert Williams
Parish League Round 1
The opening rounds of the parish League were played in glorious sunshine in MacDonagh Park last Saturday.
Kyle 4-3 De Wets 3-2
In the first game De Wets just edged out Kyle with four points to spare. The game took a while to come to life but the second half in particular witnessed some tremendous competitive hurling. Captain Jack Farrell was a tower of strength for the winners at full back. James Cleary improved as the game progressed and finished as top score with 2-3. Paul Guidera was a late arrival but his introduction tilted the balance in favour of Kyle. Paul notched two vital goals and also raised a white flag. Jerome Cahill worked like a beaver in a variety of positions while Sean Quinlan was very solid in defence. Mark O Neill looked an accomplished goalkeeper and made one point blank save in the first half. Diminutive Sean McAdams was always in the thick of the action at corner forward and he had a great tussle with Laurence Day. Luke Dervan, Adam Flaherty, Michael O Brien and Ethan Hayes all had their moments and made important contributions to the victory
Captain Caoilainn Conroy was outstanding at full back for De Wets and he beefed up the attack in the second half. Willie Ryan was as solid as a rock in defence while Cian Darcy hurled an amount of ball in midfield. Niall Shinners started in the attack but had a great game when moved back into goals for the second half. Roisin Cahill gave a very energetic performance and must have impressed the watching u-12 selectors. Declan Elderfield continued to show improvement and Ben Healy was very steady in goals. These got great support from Sean Clarke, Karl Williams Daniel Heffernan, Kevin Oakley and Laurence Day.
Kyle: James Cleary (2-2) and Paul Guidera (2-1)
De Wets: Roisin Cahill (2-0), Karl Williams (1-0), Declan Elderfield and Caolainn Conroy (0-1)
Knocknacree 2-8 Gory Rangers 4-2
This game was played with championship fervour all through. Knocknacree opened brightly and with Darragh Peters very prominent dominated the early exchanges. Knocknacree were playing with the breeze and Darragh sent over some delightful points. Kieran Brereton scored two vital goals and against the run of play Gory Rangers were ahead at the interval. In the second half the sides swopped the lead on several occasions and a draw was a fair result. Darragh Peters was the outstanding player on view and finished with a tally of 2-7. Captain Conor Doheny was absent and Willie Ryan deputised. Willie gave his usual wholehearted display on the full back line. Brendan McAdams and Arran Conroy also gave little away in the defence. Martin Grace hurled a lot of ball at midfield and Cormac Mannion showed some deft touches. Roisin Cahill also lined out in this game and gave a very committed performance. Oisin O Meara, Thomas Blessing, Luke Carroll, Patrick Hayes and Owen Usman gave of their best.
Craig Morgan was the star of the Gorry Rangers side. Keelan Troy and Kieran Brereton used their strength to good effect. Kevin Shinners didn’t let his side down and Emma Cleary held her own among the boys. Alan Spain, Pearse Cahalan, Christopher Moyles and John Blagdon were always close to the action.
Darragh Peters (2-7) and Roisin Cahill (0-1)
Kieran Brereton (2-1), Craig Morgan (2-0) and Keelan Troy (0-1)