2019 - J A Hurling Championship - Jamesy Kelleher Cup

St Itas (2 - 19) VS Erins Own (0 - 22)
Date Saturday 17 August 2019
Time 15.00
Venue Páirc Chluain Uamha
Referee Willie Wallis
Competition J A Hurling Championship Hurling Championship
Round 5
  Jamesy Kelleher Cup

Kieran Murphy Match Report

1-15 from Seamus Harnedy fires St Itas into the semis of the JAHC. 

Kieran Murphy

St Itas have progressed to the semi finals of the Jamesy Kelleher Cup, fighting back from 0-12-0-6 down at half time to defeat Erin’s Own on a score of 2-19-0-22. A late goal from Centre back Dara O Brien brought the game to extra time however the performance of Cork skipper Seamus Harnedy was head and shoulders above the rest, scoring a quiet stunning 1-15. While for Erin’s Own, centre forward and captain William Fenton scored 0-17, fourteen of which from placed balls.

The first ten minutes of play was even with both sides scoring two points each. Erin’s Own goalkeeper Shay Bowen opened the scoring with a free just outside the 65. St Itas responded immediately with two scores in a minute from Seamus Harnedy. With nine minutes of the play gone William Fenton opened his account for the day to level the match. 

Erin’s Own took control over the next ten minutes of play, outscoring last years finalists four scores to one, William Fenton the main contributor scoring two out of the four scores. Just a taster of what was yet to come from the captain. Full forward Tomas O Leary and Tom Foley scored the other two points as Erin’s Own raced into a three point lead. 

The story of the final ten minutes of the first half was very similar to the twenty before it. Fenton scored all of Erin’s Owns six scores in the final ten. While two points from Daniel Hickey and one from Harnedy kept Itas in the game. At half time Erin’s Own led 0-12-0-6.

St Itas emerged for the second half a different team to the one we saw in the first. Five scores, including a goal, in the opening ten minutes of the half brought it back to a point game. Seamus Harnedy was unplayable scoring 1-3 while Paudie O Brien scored the other. Fenton scored Erin’s Owns one and only point in the opening phase of play. The goal came from a brilliant run along the end line from Harnedy before it was finished beautifully into the roof of the net.

Erin’s Own regained control as they put over six out of the next seven scores, four of which coming from William Fenton. Tom Foley added his second score of the game while Andrew O Sullivan opened his account. 

However the game was far from over. A superb score from his own 65 from Centre Back Dara O Brien kick started a late surge for the boys in green and white. Harnedy put over two quick points on the bounce before a free from Fenton brought it back to a three point game. Seven minutes into added time, St Itas floated a ball in, with the hope of finding someone. The ball broke down and eventually found its way along the ground to Dara O Brien who made no mistakes, scoring St Itas second goal of the match to bring the fixture to extra time.

Extra time belonged to last years runners up and in particular to main man Seamus Harnedy as he scored all of St Itas’ five extra time scores as they ran out 2-19-0-22 winners. Two placed balls from Fenton is all Erin’s Own could manage in extra time, while wing back Rian O Regan was sent off with nine minutes gone in the first half. Having led by three with six minutes played of second half injury time, Erin’s Own are now out of the 2019 Jamesy Kelleher Cup. 

It will be a repeat of the 2018 Junior A Hurling Championship as Russell Rovers await St Itas in the semis. It finished in the JAHC Quarter Final St Itas 2-19-0-22 Erin’s Own after extra time.

St Itas scorers; Seamus Harnedy 1-15(0-7f), Dara O Brien 1-1, Daniel Hickey 0-2, Paudie O Brien 0-1(0-1f).

Erins Own scorers; William Fenton 0-17(0-13f 0-165), Tom Foley 0-2, Shay Bowen 0-1(0-1f), Tomas O Leary 0-1, Andrew O’Sullivan 0-1.