St. Jude’s vs Kilmacud Croke’s Hurling : Match Report

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Kilmacud Crokes 2-17 St Judes 2-12

Kilmacud Crokes overcame a calamitous start to earn an impressive victory over St Jude’s on Thursday evening. The Tymon North men got off to a dream start as they went 2-2 to 0-1 up in the opening ten minutes.

After clever interplay between Colm O’Callaghan and Paul Maguire led to Maguire scoring the opening goal of the match, O’Callaghan was the benefactor of some criminal defensive play by Crokes. A delayed puck out to a corner back, who then hesitated in possession, was pounced upon by the Judes’ forwards who turned over possession, leading to the easiest of finishes for O’Callaghan.

From the tenth minute on, however, Crokes controlled the game to the finish. With Judes’ Donie Fox operating as a sweeper, (albeit sitting higher up the field than a sweeper usually would), Croke’s systematically played the ball out of their defence to the wings and then delivered diagonal balls in front of their forwards, who were well on top of their men as the game progressed.

Oisín O’Rorke’s personal tally of 1-7 was a testament to the constant threat he was to the Judes’ defence. With Oisín and brother Barry to the fore, Kilmacud had brought it back to a one point game by half time with the score-line at 2-4 to 0-9.

After their flying start, Jude’s failed to keep the momentum going. On top of their defence’s struggle to contain the O’Rourke brothers, their forwards failed to create scoring chances.

Within 11 minutes of the restart, the contest was effectively over. Oisin O’Rorke and Seán McGrath both finished what were fine examples of determination and an eye for goal. O’Rorke, in particular, seemed to be running up a blind alley, but somehow managed to break through the Judes’ line to finish well. McGrath’s goal was a simple case of winning the ball in front of his man, creating just enough space to get a strike off, and delivering a devastating shot into the corner.

As the half wore on, and with the result looking less and less in doubt, Jude’s began to have success running at the Croke’s defence. Whether it was a conscious decision to avoid conceding goal chances which Jude’s would have needed, or a possible chink in Kilmacud’s armour, the Crokes’ defence seemed to struggle stopping direct runners, leading to frees that Paul Maguire and Colm O’Callaghan were happy to convert.

As the clock wound down, however, there was a sense that Kilmacud had another gear in them if needed be. Two McGrath points in the closing 10 minutes were enough to secure the result for the Stillorgan outfit.

St Judes: M Hartnett, T Devlin, G McManus, E McLaughlin (0-1), T Divilly, D Fox (0-1), M Malone, N Mangan, F O’Rian Broin, R Joyce, P Maguire (1-4 1sl 2f), C Maher (0-1), C O’Callaghan (0-2 2f), M Maguire (0-1), J McManus (1-2) Subs D McLaughlin ( Mangan 39)

Kilmacud Crokes: M Collins, N Corcoran, R O’Loughlin, C McGeehan (0-1), B O’Carroll, R Murphy, M McCallion, L McMullan (0-1), D Kelly (0-1), N Ó’Ríordáin (0-1), C Conway (0-2), R O’Dwyer (0-1), F Whitely, B O’Rourke (0-1), O O’Rourke (1-7 4f) Subs  S McGrath (1-2) (O’Loughlin 29) R Hayes ( Ó’Ríordáin 46) A Considine (B O’Rourke 59)

By Conor Dunne