Mount Leinster Rangers 1-13
Naomh Eoin 0-12
By Kieran Murphy
THE old Bolger Cup which had not seen daylight for many years, made its return to Carlow senior club hurling at the Training Centre last Tuesday where these teams played out an exciting decider.
It was also an opportunity for the two new managers, Conor Phelan of Rangers and Christy Walsh in Naomh Eoin, to have a look at their players in a competitive environment.
The new look Bolger Cup is confined to non-intercounty and U20 players so teenager Jon Nolan was allowed to line out for Rangers.
The Borris-based side may have taken the silverware but Naomh Eoin will feel they left it behind them. They completely dominated the second half but never pulled the trigger when chances presented themselves. On the other hand, Rangers knew exactly where the posts were in the first half.
Early frees for Naomh Eoin scored by Pauric Nolan were cancelled out by points from Jon Nolan and John Coady in the first quarter. Derek Byrne gave Rangers the lead they were never to lose and going into the second quarter, Rory Joyce found the net for Rangers. This was followed by three further points from Coady, Joyce and Bernard Quinn. In that second quarter, Rangers keeper James Kavanagh was hooked while trying to get in a clearance. The sliotar could have gone anywhere but the eventual winners kept their line intact.
Pauric Nolan did brilliantly at one stage to keep the ball in play, gain possession and with the defence limiting his options he still managed to score a point.
By half-time Rangers led 1-8 to 0-5 and looked in control. The second half didn’t quite follow the script. Rangers went further in front with another Quinn point but from the moment Dwain Kavanagh cancelled that one out Naomh Eoin looked dangerous.
Perhaps Rangers felt they had done enough and played a containment game. As Naomh Eoin came at them David Phelan, Tony Lawler and Derek Byrne managed to find the posts for Rangers.
Late on Cathal Treacy and Nolan pointed for the Myshall side. At that stage they must have been lamenting the chances they didn’t take. A goal didn’t look beyond their capabilities. All they needed was a break. On another night they might have got one. At the end Rangers were a little troubled but not enough for them to lose this one.
Mount Leinster Rangers: James Kavanagh; Seamus Kelly, Dara Tobin, Shane O’Neill; Willie Hickey, Tony Lawler (0-1), Padraig Nolan; Derek Byrne (0-3), David Phelan (0-1); Jon Nolan (0-1), James Quinn (0-2), Luke Roche; Rory Joyce (1-2), John Coady (0-2), David Grennan (0-1). Subs: Bernard Scully for Kelly (37 mins), Seamus O’Brien for Quinn (45 mins).
Naomh Eoin: Ciaran Abbey; Philip Smithers, James O’Hara, Michael Kavanagh; Tommy Nolan, Eoin Doyle, Tadgh Daly; Keith Hogan, Donal Smithers; Micheál Mullins, Martin Clowry, Eanna Kavanagh; Cillian McCabe (0-1), Padraic Nolan (0-8, 0-7 frees), Cathal Treacy (0-1). Subs: Dwain Kavanagh (0-2) for E Kavanagh (21 mins), Eoin Redmond for Doyle (40 mins), Shiam Harmon for Hogan, Gavin Ruschitzko for Clowry (44 mins), Donal Jordan for Smithers (51 mins).
Referee: David Hickey (Fenagh)