County Senior Hurling League Toomevara v Drom-Inch Match Report

November 7, 2018





Toomevara 2-14 Drom-Inch 1-14


On a beautiful sunny evening in Toomevara, there was a repeat of last year’s county semi final in the latest round of league games. Both sides were short a few of their so-called “first teamers” but this did not spoil the standard of hurling. The greyhounds were first out of the traps with points through Denis Kelly and Ken Dunne before Drom –Inch responded through a point through following a great cross field pass from Michael Everard. Toomevara hit several wides in the next 10 minutes before Ken Dunne capitalized on some poor goal keeping to raise the green flag. Drom-Inch responded with a point from Michael Long following some nice short hurley passing from John Lillis and Shane Delaney. Toomevara upped the ante and stretched their lead before the break with points from Ken Dunne (2), Brian McCormack, Francis Devanney and Willie Ryan in contrast to a solitary pointed 65” from Drom’s Micheal Butler. This left the scores at half time Toomevara 1-7 to Drom-Inch 0-3. Toomevara will feel that they should have went in leading by a lot more at the break had it not been for their erratic shooting.


H-T Toomevara 1-7 Drom-Inch 0-3


Toome started the brightest playing with a strong breeze in the second half with 2 points inside the first 5 minutes from former county star Willie Ryan. David Butler responded with a nicely taken point following a pass from John Lillis. Ken Dunne replied with another point from play but this was to be their last for 10 minutes as Drom went through a purple patch hitting 4 points without reply through Johnny Ryan (2), Seamus Butler (1f) and David Butler (1). Ken Dunne stopped the Drom scoring spree with a pointed free followed by another from sub Jim Duignan. Two more nice individual points from the impressive Seamus Butler followed before Francis Devanney registered 1-1 in the space of 5 mins. The goal coming following a long clearance and Devanney got goal side of the Drom full back to fire home leaving the keeper with no chance. The game seemed to be all but over now but Drom-Inch upped the ante and hit 4 points without reply from David Butler (2), Paddy Kennedy (1) and David Collins (1). Drom-Inch were now playing with their tails up but time was not on their side and another pointed free from Ken Dunne put Toomevara 6 points up with 3 minutes left. A long delivery from the busy John Lillis was superbly caught by full forward Paddy Kennedy who finished to the net.


Drom Inch will be happy with their second half performance after the introduction of several subs at half time who registered 10 points between them. Eamonn Buckley played very well from centre back clearing a lot of ball and winning a lot of aerial tussles. He was ablely assisted by his wing back Shane Delaney who impressed throughout the hour. John Lillis controlled the midfield well and provided several assists for scores. The Butler brothers – David and Seamus who were introduced at half time registered 7 points in the second half between them.


Scorers: David Butler 0-4, Seamus Butler 0-3 (0-1f), Paddy Kennedy 1-1, Johnny Ryan 0-2 (0-1f), Micheal Butler (0-1 65”), Michael Long 0-1, David Collins 0-1, Declan Ryan 0-1



Damien Young, Martin Butler, Eddie Costello, Paul Stapleton, Donncha Kennedy, Eamonn Buckley, Shane Delaney, Micheal Butler, John Lillis, James Ryan, Michael Long, John Kennedy, Declan Ryan, Paddy Kennedy, Michael Everard.


Subs Seamus Butler for Declan Ryan (H-T), David Butler for Michael Long (H-T), Johnny Ryan for Eddie Costello (45)



Ken Dunne 1-6 (0-4f), Francis Devanney 1-2, Willie Ryan 0-3, Brian McCormack 0-1, Denis Kelly 0-1, Jim Duignan 0-1.



Brian Delaney, Paddy Tuohy, Barry Dunne, Andrew Ryan, Darren Delaney, Terry Dunne, Joey McLoughney, Brian McCormack, David Kennedy, Willie Ryan, Francis Devanney, John Delaney, Denis Kelly, Ken Dunne, Paddy Grace