30th April @Celbridge
Senior Hurling League
Division 1 Rd. 5
Ardclough lost out in controversial circumstances away to Celbridge in Division 1 of the SHL on Tuesday night (30th April).
There was fierce confusion at the final whistle, with the match initially being called a draw, and the scoreboard being incorrect. But Celbridge were awarded the points after referee Killian Jones consulted his notes.
Ardclough started the first half very well, dominating most of the play and going four points up within ten minutes – using Martin Fitzgerald at centre-back as their launching pad.
Celbridge began to tag-on scores through Sam White, and White had the sides level when he crashed the ball to the net from the penalty spot.
Paul Fitzgerald and Tony Spain were Ardclough’s leading attacking threats on the night and they increased the ‘Clough’s tally approaching half-time.
But not to be outdone Celbridge were given a boost approaching the break when Ronan Byrne’s low drive found the net and then White added two further frees to give Celbridge a 2-09 to 0-09 half-time lead.
Ardclough again scored four quick points on the resumption only for White to hit back with some more fine scores.
The game was played at a hectic pace at times, with plenty of hearty challenges coming in as possession swapped from one half to the other.
Ardclough were dealt a blow with ten minutes to go when Colm Buggy was sent off for a second yellow but entering the final five minutes Ardclough were three points up, thanks to a Martin Fitzgerald point, only for a Marcus Kinsella goal to level matters, bundling in his rebounded effort.
Two late Celbridge points edged them into the lead in reality, but due to the scoreboard confusion Paul Fitzgerald thought he had secured a draw – only for Celbridge to be awarded the win.
Ardclough: Paul Fitzgerald 0-08 (3f’s), Martin Fitzgerald 0-04 (1f, 1’65), Tony Spain 0-03, Seán Buggy 0-02, Colm Buggy 0-01
Celbridge: Sam White 1-09 (7f’s), Seán Cotter 1-00, Marcus Kinsella 1-00, Seán O’Carroll 0-01
Mark Lynam; Niall Coulston, Séan Buggle, Darragh Walsh; Peter Coleman, Martin Fitzgerald, Robbie Spain; Tony Spain, David Collins; Seán Buggy, Colm Buggy, Johnny Reeves; Paul Fitzgerald, Dermot Coulston, Declan Higgins
Subs: Tomas Ryan for D. Coulston
Niall Lanigan; Simon Holmes, Tom Finnerty, Conor Ryan; Kevin Bracken, Donal Moloney, Paddy Moore; Sam White, Kevin Murphy; Danny Glennon, Seán Cotter, Ronan Byrne; Paul Kelly, Marcus Kinsella, Seán O’Carroll
Subs: Stephen Maher for K.Bracken
Referee: Killian Jones (Kilcock)