Cityjet Senior Hurling Championship Rnd 5
Kiburn Gaels 3-19
Fr Murphys 0-08
By Damian Dolan
Kilburn Gaels will take a 100 per cent record into the Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals after a comfortable win over Fr Murphys at Greenford.
Kilburn, who will be looking to reach the final for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 2014, were just too good for a plucky but outclassed Fr Murphys side, and effectively wrapped the game up in the 19th minute when Sean Conlon scored their first goal.
Conlon’s strike made it 1-4 to 0-1, with Stephen Lambert having already found his range by that point.
It would be a frustrating first half for Murphys, who delivered plenty of ball into their opponent’s square, but couldn’t win a ball or a break, as the Kilburn Gaels defence dominated.
Not that they had a monopoly on defensive grit, with Patrick O’Donovan having a storming game for Murphys at the other end.
Points scoring was Murphys’ problem, though, and they managed just two from play throughout, with the ever-reliable Conor Kerr once again showing his threat from placed balls.
Conlon’s goal was a killer blow for Murphys, not just because of its impact on the scoreboard, but because of the manner of it, as his low shot skidded off the Greenford pitch, and the lack of bounce deceived the otherwise excellent Michael Casey.
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KILBURN GAELS: Seamus McFerran; Kevin Campion, Niall Cohen, Justin Kelly; Willie Campion, Brian Regan, Keith Kennedy (0-1); Chris McAlinden, Aidan O’Leary; Sean Conlon (1-1), Seamus Carey (0-2), Jodie Troy (1-3); Stephen Lambert (1-9, 4f, 1×65), Ciaran Lambert, Donie Reale (0-2). SUBS: Martin Duggan for Ciaran Lambert, Adam Murphy for Carey, Ciaran Lambert for McAlinden.
FR MURPHYS: Michael Casey; Daniel McGuigan, Darren Howlin, Patrick O’Donovan; Alan Griffiths, Conor Kerr (0-6, 5f, 1×65), Ryan Myler; Conor Hallissey, Kenneth Watchorn; Graham Power (0-1), Henry Ward, Sean Howlin; Sean Cullen (0-1), Niall Madden, Christopher Weller. SUBS: Dave Kelly for Madden, Chris O’Brien for Weller, Fintan Curley for Myler.
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