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"Tipperary Water" County Hurling League, Division (2) (Group 1) - Moycarkey Borris 2-21 Carrick Swans 1-17

posted 17 Jul 2017, 15:01 by Michelle Donnelly
By Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris produced a dominant second half performance to secure a seven-point victory over Carrick Swan in the County Senior Hurling League played at a sunny Littleton field on Sunday afternoon.

Carrick Swan started the game well and raced in to a 0-5 to 0-3 lead after 10 minutes. Moycarkey’s chances were disrupted by two enforced substitutions in the opening stages as Matty Ryan and Niall O’Sullivan were forced off through injury to be replaced by Daniel Kirby and Kieran Cummins respectively. It didn’t take long for Kirby to get in to the action and he was fouled for a penalty in the 11th minute with Kieran Morris dispatching the resultant placed ball to the back of the net to give Moycarkey the lead, 1-4 to 0-5. Moycarkey stretched their lead to three points entering the second quarter but Carrick Swan took over the game for most of the remainder of the opening half, outscoring Moycarkey by 0-7 to 0-1 before a late Pat Carey point put the Carrick side in front at the interval by 0-13 to 1-8.

Carrick scored two of the first three points of the second half to go in to a three-point lead. However, Moycarkey would totally take over the game at this point, scoring an unanswered 1-7 over an 18-minute period to race in a seven-point lead. Kieran Morris was in accurate form throughout this purple patch while Anthony McKelvey scored the Moycarkey goal. During this period of play, Kevin Moran and the Carrick Swan wing-back received straight red cards following a fracas involving several players. The scores kept coming for Moycarkey as the home side took an 11-point lead heading in to the final stages. Carrick Swan to their credit kept pushing for goals to get back in to the game and they were duly rewarded with a green flag in the 59th minute. It was too little, too late however as Moycarkey were seven points in front at the final whistle.

Moycarkey-Borris: Bill McCormack; Niall O’Sullivan, Phil Kelly, Kevin Moran; Conor Hayes, James Power, Chris McCullagh; Niall Heffernan, Tom Hayes (0-1); Pat Carey (0-3), David Morris, Brian Moran (0-1); Matty Ryan, Anthony McKelvey (1-1), Kieran Morris (1-15, 0-12 frees, 1-0 penalty)
Subs: Daniel Kirby for Ryan (7m, injured), Kieran Cummins for O’Sullivan (8m, injured), Anthony Healy for Brian Moran (57m), Ailbe Power for McKelvey (59m)