NEIther Coill Dubh or Ard-clough are the hurling power houses they once were but one thing is for sure when these boys meet in a SHC clash you can be assured you will get a game with lots of endeavour; plenty of commitment and few if any holds barred, writes Tommy Callaghan.
Coill Dubh: 3-11
On Friday evening last at Naas while we were more or less treated to what we would have expected, neverthless, the game may not have lived up to the high standards of former clashes when these teams were dominating hurling.
It’s an old saying that goals win games and that was the case once again with this one, Coill Dubh finding the net on three occasions while Ardclough never really threatened the ‘green flag’ umpire throughout.
At the end of the day the honours went where they belonged with the final score giving a true reflection of how the game panned out.
It was Tom Byrne who opened the scoring for Dubh and Ruari Casey adding another before Martin Fitzgerald levelled up with two points after eleven.
Tom Carew and Mark Delaney edged the boys in red ahead by two but again Ardclough responded with points from Peter Fitzgerald and Tony Spain.
Coill Dubh seemed to be getting their scores somewhat easier with Ardclough having to work harder for their white flags as Dubh again went two clear, this time with points from Tom Byrne and the impressive Eanna O’Neill.
Ardclough had a great chance of a goal (one of very few) when Tony Spain gained possession with only Chris Byrne to beat but his weak shot failed to trouble the net minder.
Coill Dubh’s half back line was hurling with strength and confidence at this stage and two further points from Ross Carew emphasised that as they opened a three point lead.
Sean Buggy hit a delightful point from wide on the left before Colm Buggy left two between them.
A long ball in by Tom Byrne was gathered by Mark Delaney who made no mistake from close range.
Ardclough however re-sponded well hitting three points on the trot to leave them trailing at the break by just two, 1-8 to 0-9.
On the resumption and Ardclough kept up the momentum with a further two points to level up matters after 35 minutes.
Eanna O’Neill finally ended Dubh’s barren spell with a fine point, but Martin Fitzgerald had them level again after 38.
Tom Carew and Cathal Fenton exchanged points before Damien Behan set up Declan Flaherty to edge them in front but Ardclough with two points from Peter Fitzgerland and Colm Buggy, regained the lead after fifty.
That lead was short lived as Damian Behan found the net (a replica of his side’s first goal) and minutes later substitute Adrian Sullivan put the final nail in the Ardclough coffin with his side’s third goal.
Good honest game with the winners deserving of their victory and were full value and took advantage of a somewhat leaky Ardclough defence.
Coill Dubh may not win this season’s SHC but any side that takes these boys lightly will do so at their peril.
Coill Dubh, Mark Delaney 1-1, Damien Behan 1-0, Adrian Sullivan 1-0, Eanna O’Neill 0-2, Tom Byrne 0-2 (65), Ross Carew 0-2, Tom Carew 0-2 (1 free), Declan Flaherty 0-1, Ryan Casey 0-1
Ardclough, Martin Fitzgerald 0-4 (6il5, 1 free), Paul Fitzgerald 0-3, Colm Buggy 0-2, Tony Spain 0-2, Sean Buggy 0-2, Enda Duane 0-1, Cathal Fenton 0-1.
Chris Byrne; David Brooder, Niall Casey, Darren Fox; Barry Cahill, Mark Grace, Ross Carew; Damian Behan, Eanna O’Neill; Declan Flaherty, Tom Byrne, Tom Carew; Ryan Casey, Mark Delaney, Ruari Hayden. Subs: Anton Carew for Ryan Casey (52 minute); Adrian Sullivan for Damian Behan (57 minute).
Aidan Buggle; Niall Coulston, Sean Buggle, Robbie Spain; Enda Hoey, Richie Hoban, Peter Coleman; Martin Fitzgeald, Paul Fitzgeald; Sean Buggy, Enda Duane, Ronan O’Malley; Colm Buggy, Cathal Fenton, Tony Spain. Subs: Johnny Reeves for Sean Buggy (43 minute); Kaylin Domican for Cathal Fenton (53 minute).