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The Garvey's SuperValu SHC Rd1 : Lixnaw 0-17 Ballyheigue 0-15 2015-07-17 11:25:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Round 1
Lixnaw 0-17 Ballyheigue 0-15


Champions Lixnaw made the first defence of their county title a winning one at a windspept Abbeydorney venue on Friday evening. While Ballyheigue battled to the end, they were left to rue missed chances in the first half when aided by the strong wind and their one point half time lead never looked like being enough. Still it took Lixnaw a long time to wear down the seasider's challenge and indeed the champions had to pull out all the stops to put a halt to a determined late rally that reduced a five point deficit to two.

With Philip Lucid in fine form for the wind assisted challengers, the sides shared the opening four scores and Lucid and Mark Dineen gave Ballyheigue a two points lead after eight minutes. Martin Stackpoole in the Lixnaw goal also saved well from Damian Casey and as they continued to swap scores it was 5 to 4 for Ballyheigue at the end of the first quarter with James Flaherty and Shane Conway contributing a couple of delightful scores for Lixnaw.

Ballyheigue had a real chance of a goal in the 15th minute but a couple of players could not finish to the net however, Lucid continued to force the pace for Ballyheigue with some massive scores from play and frees with wind assistance. Trouble was that Lixnaw were always able to respond with James Flaherty and the two Conways very accurate against the wind. At the break it was 10 points to 9 for Ballyheigue.


Lixnaw wasted little time in levelling through Shane Conway on the resumption but both Enda Galvin and James Flaherty passed up goal chances for the winners. They did have points from Colin Sheehy and Michael Conway before Philip Lucid stopped the rot with a point for Ballyheigue to leave the score 12 points to 11 after 13 minutes of the half. Four unanswered points, including three from long range by Michael Conway, put Lixnaw in the driving seat and they led by 16 points to 11 with 10 minutes left to play. Ballyheigue were not lying down however and two points from Philip Lucid and another from Damian Casey left just two points between the sides with time running out. Michael Conway and Paudie Carroll exchanged points in the final minutes and Lixnaw progress to Round 2 with a victory they always looked like achieving but which they struggled at times to achieve.

Scorers:
Lixnaw:
Michael Conway 0-7 (5 Frees), James Flaherty 0-4, Shane Conway 0-3, John Griffin and Colin Sheehy 0-1 each.
Ballyheigue: Philip Lucid 0-10 (6 Frees), Paudie Carroll 0-2, Danny Casey, Mark Dineen, Diarmuid Walsh, and Damian Casey 0-1 each