Clonad 0-14 Trumera 3-8
Laois Shopping Centre Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 1
Second half goals from Conor Madden, Paddy Coogan and Cathal Brophy saw Trumera turn in six point half time deficit into a three point win in a sodden Shanahoe this evening.
In woeful conditions, Trumera rattled the back of the Clonad net three times in the second period to advance to Round 2 Winners Section alongside Clough-Ballacolla, Camross and Borris-Kilcotton.
Clonad looked to have the game wrapped up after 42 minutes when they led 0-13 to 1-4 but they only managed one more point in the time that remained and they now join Mountmellick, Rathdowney-Errill and Ballypickas in the losers section.
Clonad played with the breeze in the first half and they took full advantage of it with teenagers Fionn Holland and PJ Daly landing early points.
Trumera got off the mark via Niall Sinnott but they would not score again for 15 minutes as Clonad took over.
Ray Killeen, Daly and four more Fionn Holland points pushed Clonad 0-8 to 0-1 ahead after 20 minutes.
Trumera dropped Niall Sinnott into a sweeper role for the remainder of the half and that had the effect of nullifying Clonad attacks for a period.
Conor Madden scores three points in a row for Trumera in this period – including a wonderful sideline cut from 40 meters – as they cut the deficit to four points.
They almost had a goal too in that period as Dylan Lalor raced clear but he was brilliantly hooked by James Ging. The sliotar fell to Shane Murphy but his shot was saved brilliantly saved by Colin Delaney.
Clonad ended the half with points from Ray Killeen and Holland to take a 0-10 to 0-4 lead at half time.
Trumera needed a fast start to the second half and they got it when Dylan Lalor fed the ball to Conor Madden who batted it past the advancing Delaney to cut the deficit to three after a minute.
Clonad dropped Fionn Holland back as a sweeper in the second half and he fired over three more frees to wipe out that goal and leave Clonad 0-13 to 1-4 ahead after 40 minutes.
Joey Coogan and Conor Madden cut the gap to four at the midpoint of the half and that was one with ten to play.
Cathal Brophy forced a loose ball across the square and Paddy Coogan, up from corner back, latched onto it and buried it in the top corner of the net.
Clonad needed a score to regain composure and teenagers Fionn Holland and PJ Daly combined for the latter to increase the lead to two.
But that was short lived as Trumera soon had their third goal. Niall Sinnott’s long range free caused pandemonium and the ball fell to Cathal Brophy who drilled it to the net.
Brophy added a point and Trumera led by two with four minutes to play.
Niall Sinnott added a long range free and Trumera now led by three points as we entered injury time.
Clonad needed a goal but it didn’t come as Trumera held on to win.
SCORERS – TRUMERA: Niall Sinnott 0-2 (one free) Conor Madden 1-4 (two frees), Joey Coogan 0-1, Cathal Brophy 1-1, Paddy Coogan 1-0 CLONAD: PJ Daly 0-3, Fionn Holland 0-9 (seven frees), Ray Killeen 0-1, Paul Ging 0-1
TRUMERA: Ronan Kavanagh; Paddy Coogan, John O’Connor, Gearoid O’Neill; Caolan Murphy, Donnacha Dowling, Paul McSpadden; Niall Sinnott, Conor Mason; Joey Coogan, Conor Madden, Rhys Murphy; Dylan Lalor, Shane Murphy, Cathal Brophy. Subs: Colm Seale for Mason (35)
CLONAD: Colin Delaney; Dinny Sheeran, Gary Hogan, Emmett Ging; Dean Delaney, James Ging, John Burke; Paul Ging, John Noonan; Fionn Holland, Ray Killeen, PJ Daly; Adam Dunne, Shane Cahill, Gareth O’Brien
Referee: Eoin Scully (Camross)