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Borris-Ileigh V Borrisokane match report

Borris-Ileigh took on Borrisokane in the first round of the North Championship on Saturday evening(6th April) in Cloughjordan. It was the first game of the group of 4 with Templederry and Lorrha playing the following day. The game threw in at 6:30 pm in front of a poor attendance and it was Borris-Ileigh who were quickest out of the blocks with pointed frees from Jody Harkin. By the 13th minute Borris-Ileigh saw a 4 point advantage increase when a long ball in to debutant Conor Kenny was batted down to the oncoming Brendan Maher who scooped up the ball and drove it to the back of the net. Borris-Ileigh were now in the driving seat with Borrisokane only able to change the scoreboard with 3 more pointed frees and pushed on with further points leaving the score at 1-11 to 0-05. It was a scoreline that could had been more if it was not for the 9 first half wides attributed to Borris-Ileigh. If the slight wind advantage was benefit to Borris-Ileigh in the first half it did no such favours for Borrisokane who found it very difficult to deal with the unending Borris-Ileigh attacks in the opening of the second half. The game was all out over early in the second half when Conor Kenny, who was now causing real trouble for the Borrisokane full backline, was fouled and a penalty was awarded. Up stepped Brendan Maher and the Tipperary vice-captain duly obliged and sent the ball past the 3 men on the line. The score now stood at 2-14 to 0-06 but Borris-Ileigh did not sit on their laurels sending over another 5 points in quick succession with Conor Kenny doing the most damage. David O Connor and Vincent Stapleton were introduced with 10 minutes to go. Both worked well with O Connor added 2 points to the tally. The final score stood at 2-25 to 0-09. While the score flattered the men in maroon it must be remembered that Borrisokane were missing a number of players and this surely affected their performance. The only downside to the evening was the poor attendance. While we know there is a lot on and there are also a lot of fixtures we would hope to have a bigger attendance watching our players.

The team was as follows

Jack Bourke, Martin Treacy, Philip Maher, Sean Maher, Seamus Bourke, Paddy Stapleton, Martin Maher, Sean McCormack(0-04), Jody Harkin(0-04, 3f) William Donnelly, Brendan Maher(2-03, 1-00pen) Dan McCormack, Declan Maher, Conor Kenny(0-09,5f), Benny Harkin(0-03). Subs: Vincent Stapleton for Declan Maher(50th min), David O Connor(0-02) for Dan McCormack(50th min).