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Loughrea continue on their winning ways

posted 2 Jun 2013, 13:32 by Unknown user
Gearóid Loughnane

Loughrea continue on their winning ways

Loughrea   0:17

Kinvara       0:13


Loughrea extended their unbeaten run in this year’s championship to three after a hard fought win over a well drilled Kinvara in Gort last Saturday. The Town had started slowly in their opening two games but got off to a great start on this occasion with Neil Keary keeping up his recent good form with two points within the opening two minutes of the contest. Kinvara however got back on level terms with two well taken frees from Conor Kavanagh. In truth most of Kinvaras attacks were coming from Colm Callanans puckouts with David Huban in particular proving a handful for the Loughrea half back line under the dropping ball. Loughrea however did come to terms with the Kinvara puck outs with a reshuffle in the half back line and this allowed them to get a good foothold on proceedings. Johnny Maher, with a great side step and strike, and Johnny Coen scored next for the favourites to open a two point lead for the second time in the game. As if to prove that Loughrea’s half back line were on top Sean Sweeney scored a beauty of a point from his own half back line after good play from Paul Hoban. During this time Loughrea had a couple of goal chances and would have been further ahead were it not for Colm Callanans heroics in the Kinvara goals. The county man saved from point blank range twice in the space of a few minutes, first from Johnny Maher and then from Kenneth Colleran who badly injured himself after shooting and had to be replaced by Johnny O’Loughlin after 23 minutes. In between the two goal chances, youngster Conor Whelan got on a breaking ball to point for Kinvara but this was cancelled out with a ’65’ from Maher as a result of Callanans second save. Loughrea showed their experience and tactical nous throughout with no less than three points coming from cleverly taken sidelines with captain Gavin Keary benefiting from a well directed Hoban sideline in the first half to score a fine point. Kinvara responded with a booted point from wing forward Tom O’Donovan and another free from Kavanagh. Whelan then had a chance of a goal for Kinvara but not to be out done by his opposite number, Nigel Murray pulled off a first class save to deny the corner forward.  Johnny Coen then showed his class with an outrageous point from the right flank before another Kavanagh free left two between the teams again. Kavanagh then pointed a ‘65’ with Maher responding with a point from play for Loughrea. Kinvaras Huban then scored his first point after a couple of wides from the same player before fittingly Neil Keary finished the half’s scoring with a point to leave the half time score 0:10 to 0:08 in favour of Enda McDonnell’s charges.

Loughrea started the second half in the same vein as the first registering the first two scores both coming from the placed ball. Gavin Keary played another clever sideline to Jamie Ryan who was fouled with Maher pointing the resultant free before Sean Sweeney scored his second with a long range free. Callanan then pulled off another fine save before O’Donovan scored his second of the day. Maher then scored his first free after Coen was fouled by the Kinvara rear guard. Paul Hoban then got his name on the scoreboard with a point the umpires initially waved wide before being overruled by the referee John Keane. Incidentally Hoban had a similarly contentious point ruled wide in the opening half despite the player himself being convinced the ball had gone between the posts. Kinvara needed to get back in the game and they had a major chance of a goal when the referee awarded them a penalty after a Kavanagh run. Colm Callanan made the trek up field to take it but it was in vain as his effort was repelled by a combination of Damien McClearn and Nigel Murray. Undeterred Kinvara drove on and were rewarded with a fine score from wing back Colm Burke to set up a tense finish. Johnny Coen then scored his third point for the Town before Conor Kavanagh scored his first from play after his ground pull flew over Murray’s crossbar. David Huban then scored direct from a sideline cut to further reduce the deficit. Kinvara were pushing hard now with Loughrea retreating into a more defensive mode but it was Loughrea who, vitally scored next. Hoban showed his battling skills to win the ball and a free despite being in a ruck with three Kinvara players. Sean Sweeney sent the free over the bar to edge Loughrea four clear with time running out. David Huban then scored a free for Kinvara to bring the 5/2 outsiders within a goal but Loughrea held on with Maher wrapping up the scoring after winning and pointing a close in free. Loughrea can be happy with this victory as Kinvara had been in good form recently and this win will give the team and management confidence as they go through the rest of the group. Next up for Loughrea is John McIntyre’s Castlegar, who themselves had a four point win over Craughwell this weekend. Loughrea had strong performances from Murray in goals, McClearn, Brian Mahony, Sweeney, the two Kearys, Hoban, Coen and scorer in chief Maher. Kinvara were best served by Callanan, Shane Kavanagh, Tom 0’Donovan, Huban and Kavanagh but it must be said the use of two of their better backs Ger Mahon and Alan Leech did not work out on the day. Plenty to ponder so, for these two teams, but its Loughrea who take the spoils and vitally, the two points.


Loughrea scorers: J Maher 0:06 (3frees, 1 ‘65’), N Keary 0:03, J Coen 0:03, S Sweeney 0:03 ( 2 frees), G Keary 0:01, P Hoban 0:01

Kinvara scorers: C Kavanagh 0:06 (4 frees, 1 ‘65’), D Huban 0:03 (1 free, 1 s/l), T O’Donovan 0:02, C Whelan 0:01, C Burke 0:01.


Nigel Murray, Tom Regan, Damien McClearn, Eoin Mahony, Peter Quinn, Brian Mahony, Sean Sweeney, Gavin Keary, Alan Cormican (Emmet Mahony), Paul Hoban, Johnny Coen, Neil Keary, Jamie Ryan, Johnny Maher, Kenneth Colleran (Johnny O’Loughlin).


Colm Callanan, Aidan Moylan, Shane Kavanagh, Tadgh Reynolds, Brian Carroll (Eanna Linnane), Shane Quinn, Colm Burke, Steve Moylan, Niall Bermingham, Conor Kavanagh, Tom O’Donovan, David Huban, Conor Whelan, Ger Mahon, Alan Leech(Mark Kavanagh).

Referee J Keane