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2023 AIB Munster GAA Club Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – St. Catherine’s (Cork) 2-16 Ardmore (Waterford) 1-11
St. Catherine’s (Cork) defeated Ardmore (Waterford) by 2-16 to 1-11 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday November 4th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.
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Munster Club SHC: Good second-half display sees St Catherine’s through
St Catherine’s 2-16 Ardmore (Waterford) 1-11
Report by Denis Hurley for the Echo newspaper
St Catherine’s bounced back from their county Premier JHC loss to overcome Ardmore at Fraher Field in Saturday’s AIB Munster Club JHC quarter-final.
Beaten by Erin’s Own’s second team in the county final, the Ballynoe side had to face the only non-Cork Munster junior champions of the last nine years but they showed impressive battling qualities and no little skill, especially in the second half.
Having retired with a 0-10 to 0-6 lead after a strong finish to the first half, Catherine’s – without the injured Daniel Mangan – expected a stiff test in the second half, not least as they had played with the wind in the opening period.
While a Séamus Keating free for Ardmore on the resumption was followed a good point from his brother Ciaráin to reduce the lead to two, Catherine’s were able to produce a good response. When midfielder Kyle Wallace found Eoin Condon with a good pass, he turned his marker to create space but was forced wide before his low shot was saved by Jack Walsh.
Seán O’Donoghue ensured the ball stayed alive in the goalmouth though, allowing Matthew Mulcahy to send the loose ball to the net.
With goalkeeper Eoin Davis sent over his third free, a free from halfway, they were six to the good, the biggest lead of the game up to then. They were also helped by the fact that the wind had weakened considerably.
Ardmore kept plugging away and rewarded with a goal. Wing-forward John O’Brien was the architect with a powerful run up the right flank and his handpass allowed James Flavin to fire home on 42, leaving it 1-12 to 1-9.
Once again, Catherine’s stayed composed and Brian Mulcahy’s superb point was followed by another Davis free from distance. Séamus Keating, Ardmore’s scorer-in-chief, did end 12 scoreless minutes with a free and followed that with another to leave just a goal in it again, 1-14 to 1-11, with four minutes of normal time left.
However, Catherine’s gunned for the line as Seán O’Donoghue (free) and sub Nathan Sheehan eased them five clear before Brian Mulcahy made sure of the win with an outstanding goal. Sheehan was the creator after a good win around midfield and he found Mulcahy in the right corner. Having held possession as goalkeeper Walsh came off his line, the attacker found the net with a brilliantly placed shot.
That eradicated any doubts about the outcome of a game that had seemed finely poised in the first half. With Séamus Keating on form from frees – they didn’t have a until the 48th minute – and Declan Prendergast doing well as a sweeper, Ardmore led for a good deal of the half before Catherine’s scored six of the last seven points, with Brian Mulcahy profiting from a lovely flick by his cousin Matthew while O’Donoghue added a free and Davis sent one over from his own 65 to give them that four-point interval advantage. It proved to be exactly half of the winning margin.
Scorers for St Catherine’s: S O’Donoghue 0-7f, B Mulcahy 1-2, E Davis 0-4f, M Mulcahy 1-1, R Galvin, K Barry 0-1 each.
Ardmore: S Keating 0-9f, J Flavin 1-0, C Keating, K Murphy 0-1 each.
ST CATHERINE’S: E Davis; F O’Connell, E O’Riordan, L O’Connor; K O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, C Hegarty; K Wallace, S Cotter; S O’Donoghue, B Mulcahy, R Galvin; W Leamy, E Condon, M Mulcahy.
Subs: K Neville for O’Connell (43), N Sheehan for Leamy (47), K Barry for M Mulcahy (56), J Neville for O’Donoghue (60).
ARDMORE: J Walsh; M Coakley, E O’Shea, L Murray; M Cronin, P Foley, D Prendergast; O Dwyer, K Murphy; S Prendergast, J O’Brien, J Flavin; J Keane, S Keating, C Keating.
Subs: L Veale for O’Shea (38), H O’Leary for Coakley (44), J McNamara for Murray (60).
Referee: J Mullins (Clare).
Live Streaming Information
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