New York take Kevin Boland’s Dublin at Gaelic Park
New York 4-19 Kevin Boland’s, Dublin 3-18
At the midpoint of the half the visitors made a valiant effort to get back on level terms. It could have been worse, however, for New York.
A Tracey point and a goal from Liam Cahill narrowed the gap amid intense pressure. Points were swapped by Pa Ryan and Liam Cahill before Iarlaith Nolan was fouled for a penalty. Liam Cahill’s low shot to the Eddie Hogan’s left was expertly stopped by the young Irish American.
The save inspired New York as Hehir with two and Loughnane pushed their advantage out again to 4-14 to 1-16.
There was one last hurrah in the Dubs, and it came in a 2-2 flourish. Points from Andrew Grattan and Ronan Devery, who had both pushed forward to help the attack, preceded goals from Devery and Martin Kenny.
The sides were now level with time ticking down. Broderick and Hehir capitalized on great work at the back by Kyne and Butler to add four closing points in quick succession to again grab the lead for New York, and time ran out on the valiant Kevin’s.
The visitors had excellent displays from Ronan Devery, Brian Flannery, young James Tracey (first half) and Sean Cahill. Liam Cahill impressed in open play, but the New York defense knew that they had to double and triple team him on the ball. This curtailed his impact in the second half.
For New York both goalies did well. Brian McNaughton used his towering puck outs to put the opposition back on its heels, while Hogan’s penalty stop was just one of three important saves by the youngster.
Matt Cashman was very strong in the full back line while Liam Butler, Eoghan Kyne when introduced and Connor Costigan all had valuable inputs. Butler enjoyed the challenge, and his charges out the middle were inspiring. McNaughton also helped out the back line when the chips were down.
Robbie Jackson was a big loss to the side when he went off with a nasty injury -- we wish him well. Donie Broderick stepped up as a sub and was a tremendous force.
Manager Eddie Gowran introduced a host of effective subs over the 75 minutes including Richie Hartnett and Dermot Hehir, who had 2-9 between them. Pa Ryan also had a good contribution off the bench.
With the Cavan seven a side in two weeks, the year is under way. The New York side included hurlers from both the junior and senior circuits, and the new season in both divisions promises to be an exciting and enjoyable one.
Kevin’s: Mike Conlon, Ronan Devery (1-1), Andrew Grattan (0-1), Graham Dunphy, Aaron McManus, Brian Flannery, Martin Kenny, (1-0), Steve Harrington, Liam Cahill (1-5), James Tracey (0-3), Conor McGovern (0-1), John Flannery (0-1), John Whelan (0-1), Iarlaith Nolan, Sean Cahill (0-5) Sub: Eamon Cahill.
New York: Brian McNaughton, Matt Cashman, Gary Donoghue, Alan Sherlock, Conor Costigan, Liam Butler, Aaron Farrell, Robbie Jackson (0-1), John Power, Sean Brennan, Paul Loughnane, (0-3), Eddie Hogan, Paudie Kyne, 14 Pat Egan (1-0), 15 Jason Daly. Subs: Richie Hartnett (1-2), Donie Broderick (0-4), Kieran O’Keefe, Dermot Hehir (1-7), Eoghan Kyne, Pa Ryan (1-1), Liam Walsh. Eoghan Hogan.
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