Knockbridge's James Costelloe and Patrick Birch of Mattock Rangers. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Senior Hurling Championship
Knockbridge 2-21 Mattock Rangers 0-4
Knockbridge began their Paddy Kelly Cup tilt with a comprehensive victory over Mattock Rangers at Darver on Thursday night.
The first half sending off of Mattock ‘keeper Rory O’Reilly didn't aid the Collon side’s challenge, with just four points between the teams at that juncture.
Mattock also missed a penalty and while the ‘Bridge were unable to convert a penalty of their own later in the affair, a strong second half display earned them the victory.
Knockbridge led 0-8 to two at the break, but goals from James Costelloe and Conor Deane helped them to power clear, while corner-forwards Seán Marry and Shane Fennell chipped in with three points apiece.
In all, 11 different players got their names on the scoresheet for the Reds, 10 of whom started the match.
Knockbridge: James King; Stephen Kettle, Conor Kerrigan (0-1), Mark Wallace (0-1); Gerry McKeown (0-1), Ronan Byrne, Andrew Smyth; James Costelloe (1-2), Shane Kerrigan (0-1); David Kettle (0-3), Peter Brennan (0-1), Conor Deane (1-3); Seán Marry (0-3), Gareth Hall, Shane Fennell (0-3)
Subs: Robert Wallace (0-2) for Hall, Ronan Mulholland for Stephen Kettle, Ciarán Deane for Brennan, Seán Brennan for Fennell, Stephen Hoey for Byrne
Mattock Rangers: Rory O’Reilly; Darren Reid, Eoin McKeown, Ciarán Maguire; Declan Madden, Shane Maguire, Jonathan Matthews; Edward Condon, Jason Condon; Gary Rellis (0-2), Michael Callan, Patrick Birch; Cillian Hickey, Brian Corcoran (0-2), Finn Madden
Subs: Tony Corcoran for Birch, Peter Mullen for Hickey
Referee: Kevin Brady (Pearse Óg)