Borris-Kilcotton were made to work extremely hard by Shanahoe to claim top spot in group B of the intermediate championship, and despite playing well were somewhat lucky to earn a four point victory last Saturday night in Rathdowney.
The early stages of the match saw Kilcotton-Borris ease into a six point lead, outscoring Shanahoe nine points to three in the first 25 minutes, many of these coming from open play with particularly good work coming from centre-forward Frankie Cullinane.
This dominance was largely expected, after Shanahoe succumbed to a twelve point defeat to Rathdowney-Errill ten days earlier, who themselves looked poor in their game against Kilcotton-Borris. A much improved performance was needed from Shanahoe if they were to have any hope of progressing from group B and to their credit they gave a very spirited performance and fought back. By half time they had narrowed the margin to just three points and could have been level but for a great save by Eoin Fleming from Liam Cuddy’s close range shot on goal.
Kilcotton-Borris’ two goals came in the second half and were helped in large part by mistakes from Shanahoe goalkeeper Owen Wallace, who was extremely unfortunate in both instances. The first came at the very beginning of the half, midfielder Alan Drennan was looking to point from for Kilcotton-Borris but his miss-hit effort snuck in under the crossbar from a long way out.
The second came with just two minutes left after a great Shanahoe comeback and scores level. Wallace had done brilliantly to come off his line, claim a tricky ball and beat a Borris-Kilcotton forward, but his subsequent hand-pass was intercepted by Daire Quinlan who showed great stick-work to finish the game off as a contest.
The stand out performer on the day was Martin Kirwan of Shanahoe in what was ultimately a losing cause. He started at centre-back in this match and he performed well there, but his standout contribution came when he was switched up to the forwards. Both goals came from the stick of Kirwan, the second of which tied the game with just seven minutes left.
Liam Cuddy also had a very good game for Shanahoe, and Brian Guilfoyle displayed some brilliant long range free taking ability. For Borris-Kilcotton, Stephen Finan, Frankie Cullinane, Rory Moore and John Wall stood out, while Daire Quinlan was ever-reliable from frees as well as scoring a goal.
Scorers: Borris-Kilcotton- Daire Quinlan 1-6 (0-6 f), Alan Drennan 1-1, Frankie Cullinane and John Wall 0-2 each, Emmet Jones, Rory Moore, John Tracey and Stephen Finan 0-1 each. Shanahoe: Martin Kirwan 2-1, Fintan Bowe 0-5 (0-3f), Brian Guilfoyle 0-3f, Liam Cuddy 0-2.
Teams: Borris-Kilcotton; Eoin Fleming; Eoin Drennan, Paul Drennan, Cathal O’ Donnell; Cathal Moynan, Colm Commerford, Stephen Finan Alan Drennan Rory Moore Niall; Jones, Frankie Cullinane, Daire Quinlan; John Wall, John Tracey, Emmet Jones.
Shanahoe: Owen Wallace; Jack Delaney, Padraig Lawlor, Bill Sinnott; Brian Guilfoyle Martin Kirwan, Dayle Bergin; Jimmy Carroll, Jimmy Kirwan; Pat Lawlor, Liam Cuddy Darragh Cripps; Anthony Kirwan, Shane Cuddy, Fintan Bowe.