On Wednesday evening Shamrocks make the trip to Ballinaspittle to play Courcey Rovers in the Hurling League.
Shamrocks have been out of hurling competition since Aprll 7th and the long layoff had its effect in the first half of the game. The home side aided by the strong prevailing wind and evening sun got into action from the throw-in and were hitting points from all over the field. On the other hand Shamrocks were struggling to get themselves back on track.
Despite this, full back and captain Colin Brady and centre back Barry Mulqueen were competing manfully and bringing life back into the team. Courceys had a twelve point advantage at halftime.
Team Coach Declan O’Neill had some sensible advise for the lads at the break and they entered the second half like a new team. Shamrocks were now competing all over the field with some great individual efforts emerging.
David Hayes, Dave O’Neill, Alan McCarthy and Jamie Murphy were driving the team forward and Shamrocks scored 2-6 to Courceys 0-4 in that period. Shamrocks hit a lot of wide balls, whereas the home side hit very few. Michael O’Neill’s long striking from the goal proved very effective. Courceys possess some very fine and talented players and competition with these lads was most beneficial to our team on the night.
Team: Michaell O’Neill, Michael Prout, Colin Brady (Capt.), David Hayes, Senan Andrews, Barry Mulqueen, Dave O’Neill, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Jamie Murphy, Stephen Keane, Brian Cusack, Stephen O’Neill, Senan Collins, Joey Brady. Subs – Stephen Downey, Cathal Kidney, Coby O’Grady.
The next encounter for the Hurlers will be on Monday evening next May 27th at Bishopstown.
Shamrocks will play the ‘Town at 7.30pm. A full turnout is called for and no doubt further progress will be achieved.
It was great to see our esteemed Club Chairman Mr. Pat McCarthy at the game. He was recently indisposed and is making a rapid recovery. He was enthusiastically driving on the team and was so pleased with their second half performance.