IHC Round 3
24th July @ Celbridge
Ardclough 4-06 Celbridge 1-12
Ardclough earned an important victory over near neighbours Celbridge in the Intermediate ‘A’ Hurling Championship. Goals from Mark Lynam, late in the game, proved vital in a hectic second half.
Ardclough used the breeze to their advantage in the first half to get the scoring underway. Despite only scoring six points throughout the game, Ardclough’s timing of their goals was as vital as the scores themselves.
Leading up to the break Ardclough got two goals. Padraic O’Malley’s ground strike was the first before Declan Higgins set out on a run that ended with another green flag. – With Mark Lynam being unlucky not to get a third also, his shot saved by keeper Dave Kirwan.
Celbridge were consistently on the attack during the second period and kept getting scores on the board. And when Danny Glennon got their goal midway through the half it looked as though they would scrape out a win.
Ardclough though stuck to the task and put in a real championship performance in the closing ten minutes. Ardclough’s defence stood strong and quick direct ball was sent into the ‘Clough’s forwards, and they were to cause damage. Mark Lynam got onto two balls in quick succession, finding the net with them both which was enough to give the visitors a three point win.
Mike Hogan; Derek McNamara, Ambrose Finnerty, John Burke; Darragh Walsh, Colm Maguire, Tadhg McCarthy; Niall Devane; Tristan McGarr; Declan Higgins 1-04 (3 f’s), Tomas Ryan, Dermot Coulston; Mark Lynam 2-00, Padraic O’Malley 1-00, Ray Lynam 0-02
John Coulston for McGarr, Piaras Ó Mídheach for McNamara
Dave Kirwan; Justin Mann, Simon Holmes, Gavin Barry; Paul Kelly, Denis Kenny, Conor Daly; Niall Donnelly, Paddy Moore 0-05 (3fs, 1’65); Danny Glennon 1-02, Peter Beirne 0-02, Ronan Byrne 0-03; Stephen Noctor, James Sullivan, Lee Van Haeften
Referee: John McLoughlin (Clane)