Kilmaley 0-13 Corofin 0-10
KILMALEY booked their place in the last eight of the senior hurling championship when they overcame Corofin on Saturday at Cusack Park but they will be the first to admit that they will have to show a huge improvement if they are to challenge for the crown.
This was one of the poorest games in the campaign for quite a while and the winners will be particularly concerned with the fact that they shot 21 wides during the course of the game. In the previous round they had 19 wides.
The standard of play was particularly poor and only one forward from each side managed to score from play over the hour.
Corofin had marginally the better of matters in the opening half and led at half time on a 0-6 to 0-4 scoreline.
Kilmaley came close to scoring a goal in the ninth minute when Alan Markham saw his goal attempt from a 20m free saved.
With Darragh Shannon and Dara Clancy getting through a lot of work, Corofin were 0-4 to 0-2 in front at the end of the first quarter and they held on to this advantage to the end of the half.
Kilmaley returned with county minor Dara Keane in their attack but the first score of the second half came to Corofin when Martin Tierney pointed from another free.
The winners showed a bit more urgency in the second half and points from Colin Lynch, Ken Kennedy (free) and Pádraig Talty had the teams level 10 minutes after the resumption.
Corofin were back in front at the three-quarter stage thanks to a Martin Tierney point but Kilmaley, with substitute Stephen McNamara doing well, were on top in the vital areas at this stage and five points in six minutes put them four clear with the game inside the final 10 minutes.
Corofin refused to give up and points from Gerry Quinn (free) who was now operating in attack and Darragh Shannon reduced the margin to two by the 60th minute.
Try as they did, Corofin failed to get any closer and Kilmaley sealed victory when substitute Stephen McNamara had his second point.
Anthony Cahill, Seán and Pádraig Talty and substitute Stephen McNamara got through some good work for the winners while Corofin had good performances from Luke O’Loughlin, Damian Ryan and Darragh Shannon.
Kilmaley: Seamus Hurley; Seán Talty, Anthony Cahill, Conor McMahon; Eoin Burke, Alan Markham, John Clohessy; Colin McGuane, Colin Lynch; Diarmuid McMahon, Dermot Neylon, Kenneth Kennedy; Pádraig Talty, Brian McMahon, Conor Neylon.
Subs: Dara Keane for D. Neylon (half time); Stephen McNamara for McGuane (38 minutes); Michael O’Neill for C Neylon (50 minutes).
Scorers: Kenneth Kennedy (0-4), all frees; Alan Markham (0-3), 2 frees, 1 ’65; Colin Lynch, Pádraig Talty, Stephen McNamara (0-2) each
Frees for: 17; Wides: 21; 65s: 1
“We are in serious trouble with our accuracy – 21 wides is a disgraceful number to have at this level of championship.” Eugene McMahon, Kilmaley
Corofin: John Williams; Shane Nylon, Luke O’Loughlin, Paudie Barry; Damian Ryan, Gerry Quinn, Darragh Shannon; Darragh Clancy, Neil Killeen; Ollie O’Loughlin, Declan Lee, Donnacda Kelleher; Martin Tierney, Kevin Heagney, Eamonn Dunne.
Subs: Shane Egan for Dunne (50 minutes) Kieran Carkill for Killeen (inj 57 minutes).
Scorers: Martin Tierney (all frees), Gerry Quinn (0-3) each, all frees; Darragh Shannon (0-2) Kevin Heagney, Darragh Clancy (0-1) each.
Frees: 12; Wides: 7
“The lads played with great heart and I suppose we could have won the game. I can’t fault the lads in any way.” John Malone, Corofin
Referee: Kevin Walsh, Wolfe Tones