County Senior Hurling League Drom-Inch v Borrisoleigh

November 7, 2018



Drom-Inch 0-16 Borrisoleigh 0-14


On Friday evening last Drom-Inch hosted neighbours Borrisoleigh for the latest round of the county senior hurling league in the Ragg. Drom-Inch were still in search of their first victory in this year’s league while Borrisoleigh had already won 2 games. The game got off to a slow start with both teams finding it hard to find their scoring range until David Butler pointed a free after David Collins was fouled. Mark Bourke was lively and very dangerous knocking over 2 points from play. Declan Ryan and Micheal Butler were starting to win a lot of ball at midfield and Ryan put David Butler through twice in 5 minutes for 2 points. Borrisoleigh responded with a pointed free from David O’Connor and another point from Mark Bourke. Drom made a positional change moving Johnny Ryan onto Bourke and this quieten the Borrisoleigh talisman. David Butler pointed a great effort from a line ball from 45 yards out before a superb passing movement involving Joe Lupton, David Butler and Michael Everard resulted in a point from the latter. Matthew Stapleton responded with a point for Borrisoleigh before another splendid point from David Butler after he soloed his way through from midfield beating 3 men on his way before pointing right on the break for half time.


H-T Drom-Inch 0-6 Borrisoleigh 0-5


The Drom-Inch men were first off the mark in the second half with a pointed free from David Butler before Paul Maher responded with a long range point for Borrisoleigh. Two further points from David Collins stretched the lead to 3 points before a pointed free from David O Connor reduced the lead again. Drom-Inch then kicked on and went 5 points ahead through points from David Collins, Seamus Butler and Joe Lupton. The Borris’ men replied again with a point from the stick of David O Connor. The score of the game came from the stick of David Butler who weaved his way through the Borrisoleigh defence and took a very heavy tackle before tapping the ball over from 20 yards. A pointed free by Johnny Ryan from his own 65 was the last Drom-Inch score for some time as Borrisoleigh hit a purple patch scoring 5 points on the trot from David O Connor (0-3f) and 1 each from two subs who had been introduced No. 27 and No.29. Johnny Ryan ended this period of stalemate for Drom –Inch by landing another long range free before another point from play by Mark Bourke reduced the gap to a single point however this score would not fall Borrisoleigh’s way and instead the man of the hour David Butler scored the game’s final score after taking a pass from Enda Walsh.


Full Time Drom-Inch 0-16 Borrisoleigh 0-14


Both teams will rue the amount of wides hit in the hour and although there was a lot of frees there were some nice passages of hurling by both sides. Best for Drom-Inch were Eamon Buckley who looked to be back to his best, commanding the half back line, while Johnny Ryan kept Mark Bourke very quiet when switched across to his side whilst also scoring some great long range frees. The midfield pairing of Micheal Butler and Declan Ryan worked tirelessly for the hour and set up several scores between them. Up front it was all about the 2 Davids-Collins and Butler, who were in flying form racking up 0-8 points between them from play. They both seem like 2 players who are just finding their form and will have a big part to play in the coming championship games.


Scorers: David Butler 0-7 (0-1 sideline, 0-2 frees), Seamus Butler 0-1, Johnny Ryan 0-2f , David Collins 0-4, Joe Lupton 0-1, Michael Everard 0-1.



Damien Young, Martin Butler, Paul Stapleton, James Ryan, Johnny Ryan, Eamonn Buckley, Shane Delaney, Micheal Butler, Declan Ryan, Enda Walsh, Joe Lupton, David Butler, David Collins, Paddy Kennedy, Michael Everard.


Subs Seamus Butler for Paddy Kennedy (H-T), Liam Ryan for Paul Stapleton (H-T), John Kennedy (50)