Glenealy have made a perfect start to the defence of their senior hurling crown with a victory against Carnew Emmets, with Bray Emmets and St. Pat’s both picking up wins as the championship kicked off.
The Dacia Cars Senior Hurling Championship began on Monday night with Bray Emmets taking on Kiltegan in Aughrim, and St. Pat’s playing Éire Óg.
Bray, who were stopped from winning their fourth consecutive title in 2017 by Glenealy, came out on top by eight points in a thriller against Kiltegan by a score of 3-17 to 2-12. The win means that, at the end of the opening round, Bray hold a point difference advantage of two ahead of the chasing pack.
This pack includes St. Pat’s, who defeated Éire Óg 1-13 to 0-10.
This all led to Tuesday night, when Glenealy and Carnew converged on Joule Park to begin their respective campaigns.
A Jonathan O’Neill penalty proved the difference for the champions in a high-energy affair in Aughrim. Glenealy were dominant throughout, and netted their goal in the 20th minute through O’Neill’s penalty.
Glenealy went into the break five points in front and stretched that lead to end up winning the game by six — 1-13 to 0-10.
Next up for the champions is another trip to Aughrim to take on St. Pat’s on the 31st of July. Meanwhile, Bray Emmets will meet Éire Óg on the 28th in Arklow, while Kiltegan face Carnew on the 29th in Joule Park.