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Butler stars as Drom hang on for victory

November 7, 2018

On Tuesday evening last Drom-Inch travelled to Clonoulty for the penultimate round of the County Senior hurling league Premier division. On a dull overcast evening, there was nothing dull about the game that unfolded. Those who braved the elements got full value for their admission fee and this was helped by the free flowing game which was allowed by the brilliant refereeing of Fergal Horgan. The fact that only 6 scores out of a total of 35 came from frees reiterates this performance.    
 
Drom opened the scoring through David Butler with a sweetly struck point before Clonoulty replied with 2 points from play, one each from Tom Butler and Paidi White. Drom-Inch playing with a strong wind in the first half went on a scoring spree in the next 20 minutes. Michael Everard hit 2 brilliant points from play either side of a fantastic David Butler goal which he caught over his marker’s head and finished to the net following a long delivery from Johnny Ryan. Enda Walsh scored a well worked point after Seamus Butler had done a lot of the hard work in creating the opportunity. David Butler was on hand again to score another point from play before the Butler brothers combined superbly as David scored his second goal. Seamus Butler was central to nearly all of the scores during this purple patch and he got in on the scoring act with the first of his points. David Butler was causing havoc operating at corner forward and he completed his hat trick just before half time with another great catch above his marker’s head and raced through on goal before finishing past keeper Declan O Dwyer.  This was a superb passage of play from the men in green notching up 3-5 in 20 minutes. Michael Everard scored his 3rd point just before half time following 1 point each from John Devane and Tom Butler.
 
Half Time Drom-Inch 3-7 Clonoulty Rossmore 0-4
 
Both teams appeared for the second half with some new faces the most encouraging one from a Premier hurling supporter been the introduction of  the talented John O’ Neill. Both sets of supporters will have been delighted to see the Clonoulty talisman back in action following his serious knee injury. Clonoulty got off the mark first with 2 pointed frees coming from Tom Butler before a long delivery from Tom Butler was snapped in the air above the Drom full back by Thomas Butler who crashed the ball to the net. John O Neill followed up with a good point from play. This whirlwind start knocked Drom-Inch back some what but they responded through points from centre forward Enda Walsh and the industrious Seamus Butler. The hurling was tough and fast as it went from end to end with some hard hits coming from both sides. Another high ball into the Drom half back line was not dealt with and Fiachra O Keefe finished to the net. Seamus Butler and Tom Butler traded points before Thomas Butler was dragged down inside the small parallelogram and the referee gave a penalty to Clonoulty which John O Neill duly converted to leave only 3 points between the teams. Sub Jamie Maloney replied with a point before David Butler pointed a free to stretch the lead to 3 points again. A wonderfully executed cross field pass from Paddy Kennedy resulted in a Seamus Butler point. Clonoulty had moved John Devane into full forward now and started to pump high ball in on top of him. He caught one of these turned and finished to the net to leave the scores level with little under 3 minutes left in the contest. Drom-Inch won a free on the 21 out by the side line which David Butler converted and also followed up with a point from play, before points from Thomas Butler and Tom Butler both scored points the latter coming from a long range free. The game looked set to end in stalemate until Seamus Butler won a ball at midfield and played it into the corner where sub Paul Collins ran onto it and put it over the bar.
 
 
Final Score Drom-Inch 3-15 Clonoulty Rossmore 4-11
 
This was a fantastic hard fought contest which could of went either way right up to the end. Both teams will be a little worried about the number of wides which they hit Drom-Inch registering 11 to Clonoulty’s 18 wides. However both sides will know that they still have some county players to come back into their sides.
Drom-Inch will be happy with this performance coming 2 days after their championship game against Thurles Sarsfields. The Butler brother David and Seamus were most impressive scoring 3-9 between them and setting up numerous other scores. Michael Everard and Enda Walsh took their scores well while at the back Eamonn Buckley continued his current impressive form and was ably assisted by Johnny Ryan and Michael Costello.
 
Scorers: David Butler 3-5 (0-2 frees), Seamus Butler 0-4, Michael Everard 0-3, Enda Walsh 0-2, Paul Collins 0-1.
 
Drom-Inch
Damien Young, Paul Stapleton, Martin Butler, Michael Costello, Johnny Ryan, Eamonn Buckley, Donncha Kennedy, John Lillis, Declan Ryan, Johnny Kennedy, Enda Walsh, Seamus Butler, David Butler, Paddy Kennedy, Michael Everard.
Subs:
Matthew Ryan for Declan Ryan, Liam Ryan for John Lillis, Kevin Butler for Paul Stapleton, Cathal Flynn for Donncha Kennedy, Paul Collins for Johnny Kennedy
 
 
Scorers: Tom Butler 0-6 (0-4f), Thomas Butler 1-1, John O’ Neill 1-1 (1-0 Pen), John Devane 1-1, Jamie Maloney 0-1, Paidi White 0-1
 
Clonoulty Rossmore
Declan O Dwyer, Ciaran Ryan, James Heffernan, Kevin Horan, Anthony Kearney, Padraig Heffernan, Liam Devane, Tom Butler, Sean O’Connor, Paidi White, John Heffernan, John Devane, Patrick Ryan, Thomas Butler, Fiachra O’Keefe.
 
Subs used
John O’Neill
Jason Forrestial
Jamie Maloney

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