A youthful Clough-Ballacolla side put themselves in the driving seat of group B in this year’s junior championship last Friday evening with a very impressive win over Castletown-Slieve Bloom.
Junior Hurling Championship
A three point margin at the finish suggests a close battle but, in reality, Clough-Ballacolla enjoyed a level of superiority for long stages which should never have left them facing a single score’s difference.
They led 0-7 to 0-1 after just 19 minutes of play at the Hawthorns, but their tendency to leak soft goals made sure Castletown-Slieve Bloom were never dead and buried in this contest, even managing to go in half time with a one point lead.
Despite Castletown Slieve Bloom playing with the elements in their favour at the change of ends, it was the home side who again took the initiative. Shane Hyland and Ken Phelan began to find their range from open play and steadily built a lead.
Castletown Slieve Bloom centre forward Paul Cuddy doubled on a long range free in the 57th minute to raise the green flag and set up nervy finish for the home side but they held on for the win.
See this week’s Leinster Express for full report on this game and all the Junior Hurling action from the first round