Shamrocks 6-14, Cobh 4-12
A second final in two days for our young hurlers, and a second league title. The story goes on for the U16/Minors combination as a brilliant second half powered them to an 8 point victory over Cobh in Crosshaven on Sunday afternoon in the Rebel Óg East C Hurling League.
Cobh could not have asked for a better start. They caught Shamrocks cold by scoring 2 goals and a point inside the first 4 minutes, without reply. Shamrocks were on the ropes but slowly grew into the game after that early setback. Andrew O’Grady was striking the ball sweetly from frees and he started the Shamrocks fightback by landing a few scores from way out the field. Cobh were still causing problems at the other end with their strong direct running at the Shamrocks backs that opened up the defence. But some of their attacks were thwarted by some last gasp defending which kept Shamrocks in the game, 2-4 to 0-5 behind with 10 minutes to the break.
Meanwhile, Rory Horgan was becoming a huge influence on the game at the other end, using his physicality to good effect to open up scoring opportunities for both himself and others. He really set the Shamrocks comeback ball rolling with a fantastic run and ground shot to the roof of the Cobh net after 21 minutes and then Andrew O’Grady picked up a loose ball inside the Cobh full back line and drilled another bullet to the Cobh net. After the early goals conceded, Shamrocks were more then happy to go in level at HT, 2-5 apiece.
Shamrocks were the better team in the second half, one that featured 8 goals and 26 points. Shamrocks went in front after an early Andrew O’Grady goal and they were never led after that. David Andrews was growing in influence out on the right wing and he knocked over a few points. Darragh Scriven then added another goal and Shamrocks led by 7 points, 4-10 to 2-9 with 15 to go. Cobh replied with a goal and a point to close the gap to 3 points. However, Shamrocks kicked on again and Rory Horgan scored a wonderful goal off his left side from 20 yards out to leave Shamrocks 6 points ahead, 5-12 to 4-9 with 5 minutes left.
Once again, Cobh refused rto give in and scored 3 points on the trot to give themselves hope but Andrew O’Grady completded his hatrick at the other end when his 30 minute free went all the way to the net, whether he meant it or not we don’t know. Shamrocks tagged on a pair of points from O’Grady again and Aonghus Boland.
Aongus Boland accepted his 3rd trophy this season from Ronan Cogan, representing Rebel Óg East. Ronan thanked both teams for a great sporting contest. Boland thanked the mentors, the players and the supporters for their support while praising the efforts of the gallant Cobh side. The victorious panel then went to the FBI for refreshments afterwards with their families and supporters. The club wish to thank the FBI for their hospatility once again.
Shamrocks have now qualified for the knockout stages of the County League. More details to follow. Well done to all on a magnificent victory. Its easy to forget that this same minor team played and lost a Minor Football Final only the previous Monday so for them to pick themselves up and perform at such a high level is just magnificent. Not to mention the U16’s who had played another final on Saturday!
Panel on the day – C. Scriven, D. Barry, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, T. Murphy, N. Hayes, D. Scriven, A. Boland, A. O’Grady, C. O’Grady, D. Andrews, R. Horgan, M. Hitchmough, C. Hayes, B. Crowley, S. Flavin, R. Mehigan, E. Desmond.