On Thursday evening all roads led to Caherconlish where Murroe Boher took on the current county champions Kilmallock and on what was a very windy evening and when the final whistle blew the Balbec came out on top on a scoreline of 4-13 to 0-17. The windy conditions played a vital part in this match and Kilmallock had the advantage of the elements in the first half where the unusual sight of Kilmallock goalkeeper Barry Hennessy hitting two wides from puckouts kept the sizable crowd amused. The Murroe Boher defence were playing heroically under great pressure with Kilmallock hitting a lot of wides Seamus Hickey, the Byrnes brothers and Dylan Ryan were putting their bodies on the line time and again and up front despite the wind Seanie Tobin hit three scores followed by a peach from Paudie Mc Namara out on the sideline to leave the half time score 1-10 to 0-4, the Kilmallock goal coming from a debatable penalty from Gavin O Mahony. The advantage of the wind in the second half would be a big plus for our lads and there was a lot optimism that the halftime deficit could be brought back and the lads could pull off a big shock. The lads started the half well with Seanie and Kevin Tobin hitting points from distance but then Kilmallock struck for a goal that was a setback, the lads stuck to their task despite the goal and kept the scoreboard ticking over with further points from Seanie and Kevin followed by scores from John O Connor and Seamus Hickey. As our lads pushed forward in search of scores it left a few gaps at the back and Kilmallock struck for further goals which must be said were against the run of play as our lads were well on top, Cillian Byrnes and Darren Dunlea hit points in the closing stages but it was not enough on this occasion to alter the result where Kilmallock ran out winners on a scoreline of 4-13 to 0-17. The Murroe Boher boys put in a fine performance and with a bit of luck who knows what the result would have been, they are going in the right direction and will take loads of confidence from this performance going into their next crucial fixture against Ahane.
Scores : Seanie Tobin (0-8),Kevin Tobin (0-3) Seamus Hickey (0-2), Cillian Byrnes , Darren Dunlea, Paudie Mc Namara, John O Connor (0-1 each)