REPORT/PHOTOS: Causeway Look The Real Deal In Win Over Ballyduff

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Causeway showed they are real contenders after a convincing victory over Ballyduff in Austin Stack Park yesterday. Mike O’Halloran reports…

Causeway 0-19

Ballyduff 0-08

Action from the game. Photo by Steve Baker

Causeway have qualified for the semi final of the Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry Senior Hurling Championship against St Brendan’s next weekend, with a complete demolition of Ballyduff.

Ballyduff did open the scoring through a Padraig Boyle pointed free, Colum Harty levelled for Causeway and after Brandon Barrett put Causeway ahead with free, Causeway were never to surrender that lead.

Causeway were totally dominant in all sectors of the field and exposed every weak spot in Ballyduff.

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Causeway won all the battles tactical, physical, matchups and more especially the individual battles.

All of Ballyduff’s top players were negated. Sean Sheehan was given a man marking job and he carried out that task to perfection.

Action from the game. Photo by Steve Baker

It was 31 minutes into the first half before Ballyduff were to get their second point from Eoin Ross. Jack O’Sullivan added a further point before halftime, prior to that Causeway had tacked on ten points, from Brandon Barrett 0-05, Brian Murphy 0-1, Dan Goggin 0-02, and Mark Murphy 0-02, to leave the the halftime score Causeway 0-12 Ballyduff 0-03.

Causeway carried on where they left off in the first half, where they scored six points without reply — five from the stick of Brandon Barrett and one from Colum Harty.

Ballyduff took fifteen minutes to register their first score in the second half, they scored four without reply two each from Padraig Boyle and Eoin Ross, Brandon Barrett had the final say with a pointed free to bring Causeway’s score to nineteen points.

Action from the game. Photo by Steve Baker

I had said in my preview that Causeway might have been better prepared than Ballyduff after their clash with Lixnaw and I didn’t know how Ballyduff were fixed, as they were poor against Crotta in the replay and they saw off a Ballyheigue team not at their best.

Ballyduff will be well chastened by this — the manner and extent of this defeat to their near neighbours — on the other hand Causeway will be well pleased with their performance.

Causeway did not create any real goal chances but they amassed nineteen points and they seemed not to have any weak link. Even young Mark Murphy who came on as a blood sub tapped over two pints.

Action from the game. Photo by Steve Baker

Jason Diggins was rock at centre back and even though Bryan Murphy wore number three, he played a lot of the game miles away from the full back position.

Causeway now face St Brendan’s in the semifinal and with this performance under their belt they will have their eye on returning Neilus Flynn Cup to its native parish. A rebuilding period awaits Ballyduff.

Action from the game. Photo by Steve Baker

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