Ardclough get the better of Clane in SHC
Senior hurling Championship Group A Ardclough: 1-18 Clane: 0-14 CLANE suffered their second Senior Hurling Championship defeat this year when Ardclough got the better of them by a comfortable seven point margin in Leixlip on Sunday evening last.
A sterling second half showing, particularly from Paul Fitzgerald, is what sealed the win for Ardclough, who got their campaign back on track having tasted defeat to Celbridge the first day out.
Paul Fitzgerald scored no less than nine points, half of his side's totally and he was lethal from dead balls, while a goal from Tony Spain after 38 minutes was the game's crucial score. The introduction of senior county football star Rob Kelly was another trump card for the Cloughs.
The opening half was nip and tuck and it was Sean O'Dea's Clane side who held a slender 0-7 to 0-8 at the interval, however they were outscored 1-10 to 0-7 after the turnaround and can have no complaints about the defeat.
That defeat could have been a lot heavier had it not been for the scoring prowress of county man David Harney. Like Paul Fitzgerald for Ardclough, Harney was a leading light and finished with a personal tally of eight points.
Ardclough began brightest and had two points, courtesy of Noel Burke and Martin Fitzgerald (free), on the board before Clane opened their account.
The team in white got off the mark seven minutes in when Kevin Fogarty split the posts and indeed they soon hit the front after bother Joe Gleeson and Stephen Lyons both raised white flags. By the 17th minute however Ardclough resumed the lead thanks to a point from 45 metres out courtesy of county man Richie Hoban but Clane responded and soon levelled proceedings (0-5 to 0-5) thanks to a converted free from Harney after Enda Hoey was penalised for pulling on the jersey of Stephen Lyons.
Clane finished out the opening half the strongest and a trio of points from Harney left them leading by the minimum (0-8 to 0-7) at the break.
After the turnaround Ardclough restored parity thanks to a superb point from Tony Spain but they had to wait a while before they really stamped their authority on this encounter. A point from Harney and another from distance from Dano Horan gave Clane a two point cushion, while they extended that lead seven minutes in to the half when Harney sent over yet another free.
However, Ard-clough were on the ascendancy and with 38 minutes on the clock they pounced for goal to tie things up. A great move saw Noel Burke picked out Martin Fitzgerald and he laid off possession to Rob Kelly. The dual man could have gone for goal himself but he intelligently passed to the unmarked Tony Spain who finished to the net to leave the scores tied at 0-11 to 1-8.
Clane might have responded with a point from Harney (free) but it wasn't long before the eventual winners assumed the lead. A superb individual effort from the aforementioned Rob Kelly gave them a slight advantage 40 minutes in and it was a lead they didn't relinquish thereafter.
Clane went 16 minutes without a score and during that period Ardclough tagged on nine points without response and ended this game as a contest.Clane could only muster up two further points and it was far from enough and Ardclough cantered home with seven to spare.
Scorers: Ardclough: Paul Fitzgerald 0-9 (7f), Tony Spain 1-1, Martin Fitzgerald 0-2 (1f), Brian Coulston 0-2, Richie Hoban 0-2, Noel Burke 0-1, Rob Kelly 0-1. Clane - David Harney 0-8 (4f, 1 '65'), Kevin Fogarty 0-2, Joe Gleeson 0-1, Stephen Lyons 0-1, Dano Horan 0-1, Chris Bonus 0-1.
Ardclough: Aidan Buggle; Enda Duane, Enda Hoey, Peter Coleman; Colm Maguire, Ronan O'Malley, Philip Fitzgerald; Richie Hoban, Paddy Duggan; Brian Coulston, Noel Burke, Martin Fitzgerald; Sean Buggy, Tony Spain, Paul Fitzgerald. Sub: Rob Kelly replaced P Duggan HT.
Clane: Mark Maloney; Ciaran Murphy, Mike Walsh, Ciaran Brady; Dano Horan, David Harney, Benny Langan; Loran Harney, Niall Doolan; Dessie Walsh, David Cafferty, Joe Gleeson; Kevin Fogarty, Stephen Lyons, Chris Bonus. Sub: Bernard Deay replaced C Murphy (inj) HT.
Referee: Fergus Deavearux.
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