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Trumera edge Mountmellick in thrilling shootout to reach IHC semi finals

Mountmellick 3-14 Trumera 3-19
Intermediate Hurling Championship Group B Round 2

Trumera had five points to spare over Mountmellick in an enthralling encounter which went down to the wire in Mountmellick this afternoon.

The game totalled an incredible 39 scores and 16 scorers with Trumera having 11 of those scorers.

It was a victory that qualified the 2020 defeated finalists for the semi finals with a game to spare.

While Mountmellick are now out and will have to defeat Mountrath in two weeks to avoid the relegation playoff.

Mountmellick had the aid of a wind in the first half but it was Cathal Brophy who pointed a trademark score on the loop after a mere 15 seconds.

Donnchadha Hartnett replied with a free for the home side but Trumera gathered some momentum as they hit the next three points, the pick of the bunch was an outrageous Conor Madden sideline.

Mountmellick began to dominate midfield and Redmond McEvoy pointed two superb points from distance in a row.

Trumera got the next two scores from Kirwan and Madden but just before the water break and the scores were level through a James Hillard goal.

He caught a long clearance from his defence and rounded his man. Cuddy denied him at first but he pulled on the rebound to leave the scores 1-3 to 0-6 at the water break.

Adam Kirwan hit two quick points at the resumption of play but the Trumera could not pull away and Mountmellick kept responding this time through the dangerous Barry Mangan.

Hartnett hit two frees in a row a while after to level the game but Trumera regained the lead in the 25th minute through a Paddy Hosey goal. He was out in front to collect a low ball in and finished calmly into the back of the net.

Mountmellick stayed plugging away and another Hartnett free had the scores at 1-7 to 1-9 at half-time.

The teams continued to go score for score in the second half before Trumera’s half back line and particularly midfield got on top of the breaks and they hit three in a row from Hosey, Kirwan and Madden.

This had Trumera in front by 1-10 to 1-15 but Mountmellick found their second goal after 39 minutes to reel Trumera back in again.

Mick Birmingham’s long ball in was controlled by substitute Chris Hartnett who controlled the ball on the hurl before slotting the ball past Finnian Cuddy.

A minute later and Chris nearly had another goal for Mountmellick but Cuddy was out to superbly deny him.

The goal mount action continued but this time it was down the other end as on the 44th minute Shane Murphy’s half hooked effort managed to find the back of the net.

After the water break Mountmellick moved Donnacha Hartnett from wing back to centre forward. Adam Kirwan followed him which resulted in a sweeper being in play for the last 15 minutes.

Jooey Coogan pointed arguably the score of the match either side of two Donnacha Hartnett frees as there were five between the sides with 10 minutes to go.

Trumera then managed to properly pull away for the first time on the 52nd minute as a long free in from Finnian Cuddy was pulled on by Daniel O’Connor into the back of the net but Hillard and Hartnett hit a point each in response.

It seemed maybe there would be a late late comeback on the cards after Donnchadha Hartnett manged to flick the sliotar into the net whilst falling over.

However, Adam Kirwan hit the last point of the day in injury time to assure Trumera a five point victory.

SCORERS – Mountmellick: Donnchadha Hartnett 1-9 (8 frees), Redmond McEvoy 0-3, James Hillard 1-1, Barry Mangan 0-1, Chris Hartnett 1-0 Trumera: Adam Kirwan 0-5 (three frees), Paddy Hosey 1-2, Conor Madden 0-4 (one sideline, one free), Cathal Brophy 0-3, Bryan Bredin, Niall Sinnott (free), Finnian Cuddy (free), Dylan Lalor, Joey Coogan, Daniel O’Connor 0-1 each

MOUNTMELLICK: Laurence Kenny; Ian Fennelly, Peter Dunne, David Fennelly; Eddie Melia, Michael Birmingham, Donnchadha Hartnett; Redmond McEvoy, Nigel Murphy; John Connolly, Barry Mangan, Jarlath Connolly; Karl Donoher, Sean Mangan, James Hillard. Subs: Chris Hartnett for Donoher (HT), Cathal Flynn for Sean Mangan (44)

TRUMERA: Finnian Cuddy; James Kerwin, Gearoid O’Neill, Conor Mason; Niall Sinnott, Paddy Callaghan, Bryan Bredin; Adam Kirwan, Dylan Lalor; Daniel O’Connor, Conor Madden, Jooey Coogan; Cathal Brophy, Shane Murphy, Paddy Hosey 

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