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Ardrahan and Killimor replay for Junior B honours   05/12/2012

After a dramatic finish in the first game in Ballinasloe, when Killimor scored a free deep in injury time to secure a well earned draw against Ardrahan, the sides will meet again on Saturday in Duggan Park to see who will prevail to be Junior B Champions for 2012.  

I went to the first game and while it wasn't free flowing to look at it was dramatic and exciting for the supporters on each side. The scoreline at 0-7 to 0-7 will speak for itself as scores were indeed very hard to come by and both sides will be disappointed with their shooting, and more so Ardrahan who spurned a lot more chances than Killimor.

Ardrahan dominated the first half and in the first ten minutes could have been out of sight was it not for the poor shooting. Their defence was well on top in the first half with Tom Bond and Peter Forde being in control at the back and out the field Aonghus Fahy and Jason Kennedy were causing problems for Killimor.  I've said it already this year but Killimor's never say die attitude is something to watch - they get in your face just like another team in Black and Amber we are all to familiar with - but don't get me wrong as they can hurl as well. They know how fortunate they were to only be 3pts down at half time and were surely the happier of the teams heading to the dressing rooms.    

In the second half Killimor began to get on top, they frustrated Ardrahan with their hooking and blocking and their robust tackling. With less than eight minutes to go momentum was certainly with the men from the east, but they failed to capitalise on it. Then it looked like it was going to be Ardrahan's day as they got a free on the stroke of full time which Jason Kennedy put between the posts. However Killimor's day was not over and when Ardrahan conceeded a needless free Niall Dervan kept his nerve to drive the equaliser from a fair distance and raised a white flag to the delight of the Killimor following.

This Saturday may see a similar type of low scoring game as both defences are hard to breech. Ardrahan will need to be more clinical in front of goal and the players mentioned above will have to come to the fore again if they are to succeed, while Killimor who relied heavily on their free takers Niall Dervan and David Daly and defenders Keith O Grady, Noel Lyons and Ronan O Brien will have to create more  scoring chances from play.

This could well come down to a shootout again as conditions won't be the best. It's a pity that three important finals this weekend are being played in mid December but that's for another day.

Best of luck to both teams!

Wingback

Galway Junior Club Hurling is kindly sponsored by Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe


Junior B Final REPLAY
Ardrahan (0-7) v Killimor (0-7)
in Ballinasloe Saturday 8th December at 2pm


Junior B Semi-finals:
Ardrahan 1-9 beat Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-5
Killimor 1-12 (0-9) beat Sarsfields 0-8 (2-3) in replay

Junior B Quarter-finals:
Sarsfields 1-10 beat Beagh 1-8
Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-11 beat Oranmore-Maree 0-12
Killimor 2-7 beat Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 2-3
Ardrahan 2-6 beat Cappataggle 1-6

Junior B Preliminary Quarter-finals
Oranmore-Maree 1-12 beat Abbeyknockmoy 2-7
Ardrahan 1-19 beat Clarinbridge 2-15
Killimor 3-11 beat Castlegar 0-13
Cappataggle 1-17 beat St. Thomas 0-19


GROUP A
Qualified:
Beagh (group winners), Abbeyknockmoy and St. Thomas.

Beagh 5 3 1 1 87 82 5 7
Abbeyknockmoy 5 3 2 0 68 70 -2 6
St Thomas 5 2 2 1 89 87 2 5
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 5 2 3 0 93 89 4 4
An Spideal 5 1 2 2 78 80 -2 4
Craughwell 5 1 2 2 79 86 -7 4

Group Results:
Abbeyknockmoy 1-11 beat Beagh 2-4
St. Thomas 4-13 beat Craughwell 3-9
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 2-16 beat An Spideal 1-18
Beagh 4-11 beat St. Thomas 2-13
Craughwell 2-6 drew An Spideal 0-12
Beagh 2-10 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-11
Craughwell 3-9 beat Abbeyknockmoy 0-8
Abbeyknockmoy 3-10 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 2-11
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 3-13 beat Craughwell 0-12
Beagh 3-10 beat An Spideal 2-10
Abbeyknockmoy 1-11 beat St. Thomas 0-10
Beagh 2-13 drew Craughwell 1-16
St. Thomas 1-18 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 3-9
An Spideal 0-15 beat Abbeyknockmoy 1-10
An Spideal 2-8 drew St. Thomas 0-14


GROUP B
Qualified:
Sarsfields (group winners), Clarinbridge and Killimor

Sarsfields 5 4 0 1 84 65 19 9
Clarinbridge 5 3 2 0 99 72 27 6
Killimor 5 2 1 2 98 89 9 6
Killimordaly 5 2 2 1 59 68 -9 5
Mountbellew-Moylough 5 0 2 3 70 97 -27 3
Ballindereen 5 0 4 1 65 84 -19 1

Group Results:
Sarsfields 1-7 beat Killimordaly 1-5
Killimor 3-16 beat Clarinbridge 3-14
Killimordaly 0-12 beat Ballindereen 1-8
Sarsfields 1-17 beat Clarinbridge 1-9
Ballindereen 2-11 drew Mountbellew-Moylough 0-17
Mountbellew-Moylough 1-16 drew Killimor 2-13
Killimor 3-6 drew Killimordaly 1-12
Sarsfields 2-13 beat Killimor 1-13
Killimordaly 2-8 beat Mountbellew-Moylough 3-3
Sarsfields 2-10 drew Mountbellew-Moylough 2-10
Clarinbridge 0-13 beat Ballindereen 0-11
Killimor 2-17 beat Ballindereen 1-10
Sarsfields 2-13 beat Ballindereen 0-13
Clarinbridge 2-14 beat Killimordaly 1-7
Clarinbridge 2-25 beat Mountbellew-Moylough 0-6



GROUP C
Qualifed:
Salthill-Knocknacarra (group winners), Ardrahan and Oranmore-Maree 

Salthill/Knocknacarra 4 3 0 1 78 54 24 7
Ardrahan 3 2 0 1 55 49 6 5
Oranmore-Maree 4 2 2 0 73 52 21 4
Kilconieron 3 1 2 0 44 52 -8 2
Rahoon-Newcastle 4 0 4 0 43 86 -43 0

Group Results:
Kilconieron 2-17 beat Rahoon-Newcastle 1-10
Ardrahan 3-12 beat Oranmore-Maree 2-13
Ardrahan 0-14 beat Rahoon-Newcastle 1-7
Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-15 beat Oranmore-Maree 0-9
Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-12 beat Kilconieron 1-6
Oranmore-Maree 4-12 beat Rahoon-Newcastle 0-4
Ardrahan 1-17 drew Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-17
Oranmore-Maree 1-18 beat Kilconieron 1-9
Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-19 beat Rahoon-Newcastle 2-10


GROUP D
Qualified:
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry (group winners), Cappataggle and Castlegar

Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry take top position here but there was little to seperate the top 4 sides in this group. Gort fought valiantly in their step up from the Junior C ranks, and just lost out narrowly to Castelgar after a group play-off.

Cappataggle 3 2 0 1 58 45 13 5
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 3 2 0 1 48 41 7 5
Castlegar 3 1 1 1 44 47 -3 3
Gort 4 1 2 1 55 61 -6 3
Kinvara 3 0 3 0 36 47 -11 0


Group Results:
Gort 0-11 beat Kinvara 1-7
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 2-12 beat Castlegar 2-7
Cappataggle 3-12 beat Kinvara 1-10
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 0-14 beat Gort 0-12
Castlegar 2-9 beat Kinvara 1-10
Cappataggle 2-15 beat Gort 3-7
Castlegar 2-10 drew Gort 2-10
Cappataggle 0-16 drew Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 2-10
Group play-off
Castlegar 2-14 beat Gort 1-14




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