The first round of fixtures in any division always throws up a few interesting results. With the cobwebs barely dusted off and after a long break, the Division 2 hurlers got underway over the weekend and there was plenty of action to get th ball rolling for the 2012 season.
You can never read too much into an opening league game, but certainly the likes of Camross, Clonaslee and The Harps won’t have been best pleased with the efforts of their respective sides. Those three in particular fared poorly in their opening game and will be looking for vast improvements next time around.
Camross welcomed Borris-Kilcotton to their home patch on Saturday evening, and whilst neither side set the world alight, the visitors won at a canter. The hosts managed to rack up a paltry three points, all from the dead ball expertise of Seamus Kennedy, and Borris-Kilcotton took the points on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-3. Rory Moore got the game’s only goal against a side hit harder than any in the county by emigration.
Trumera put on a second-half goal fest to see off The Harps in Durrow. With the sides even at the break at 2-4 to 1-7, the away side hit The Harps with three more after the restart to chalk up an impressive opening win. Brian Hosey and James Kirwan bagged two apiece with Cathal Brophy adding the fifth to guide Trumera to a 5-12 to 1-12 victory. Brian Clancy got the solitary Harps goal in the first half but they missed a couple of good goal chances themselves after the break and Trumera punished those misses severely.
Clonad opened their league campaign with a home tie against Clonaslee and they were handy enough victors thanks chiefly to a hat-trick from Enda Norton. Clonaslee fielded a very inexperienced team, with a lot of debutants at the adult grades and a powerful Clonad side exposed that fact. Ray Kileen added another goal as Clonad eased to the 4-12 to 0-7 win, with Sean Larkin and Conor Hyland doing the majority of the Clonaslee scoring.
Another home side to see opening day success was St Fintans Mountrath. They entertained Shanahoe at O’Keeffe Park and ended up with six points to spare in a 2-12 to 1-9 win. Matty Rice and Dan Russell provided the hosts with their goals and although a plucky Shanahoe clawed back after the break to within two points, the hosts held on for a hard-fought yet deserved victory.
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