Shamrocks 2-13, Grenagh 2-7
A quite incredible second half performance from Shamrocks got them their first win at under 12 this season. After playing so well in many games and improving without much success on the scoreboard, its nice for the lads who are putting in the effort to get a moral boosting win.
It was a game of 2 halves, dominated by the strong wind. Grenagh played with it to their backs in the first half and went in at halftime leading 2-6 to 1-1, Evan Seymour with the Shamrocks goal. It was a battling first half from Shamrocks who enjoyed plenty of possession and attacks considering the wind but shooting from 25 yards out was proving difficult. A few switches seemed to keep Grenagh from adding to their total; despite the 8 point gap and some silly mistakes which cost the lads 2-1, there was enough to suggest that maybe a comeback in the second half was on – it all depended on Shamrocks getting some early scores.
And did they what. Shamrocks owned the ball from the throw in and scored a cracking 1-7 in the first 7 minutes of the second half. Seán Andrews scored the all important Shamrocks goal that put them ahead for the first time, following a flurry of points from Dylan O’Flaherty, his brother Cian (moved out from goal) and Harry Andrews. Shamrocks were further boosted by some outstanding defending from Evan Seymour, Mark Sisks blockdowns and young but tigerish Fionn Herlihy. Robert Van Pelt showed safe hands in goal, while Jody Sisk was busy throughout, getting stuck in wherever needed.
Grenagh, after being stung by that blitz, realised that they were behind and came right back into it but further good work from Luke O’Driscoll, Keith O’Donoghue Howe who won good ball in the corner forward position and Shane Donegana who was always willing kept Grenagh to only a point. Shamrocks broke up the pitch and tagged on a few points, mainly from frees to close out the game. Sam Geary at corner forward also had a great second half.
This was the lads first win and hopefully they can kick on from it. They play Whitescross next Wednesday in a hurling league game, away at 7.30pm. Therefore, they will train on Monday at 7pm. With numbers tight, it was great to see practically everyone available ready for action and rearing to go in a Shamrocks jersey. Two players are currently on the injured list with hand injuries, namely Sean Browne and Dylan Gregson and the club wish them a speedy recovery and hope to see them back soon.