Shamrocks 4-11, Lee Gaels 3-7
A second win in a row for the u14 hurlers as they beat Lee Gaels in Dripsey by 7 points. The teams were fairly well matched but on this occasion Shamrocks had that bit more hurling than the home team and were able to get scores at the vital times.
Lee Gales scored a goal from the throw-in but Shamrocks tapped over a few points from Harry Andrews and Mark Sisk. Things were fairly even up until midway through the first half when Seán Andrews burst through for two well taken goals. Harry Andrews also got in on the act and at half time Shamrocks were reasonably comfortable, leading 3-6 to 1-4 and playing well all over the field.
Lee Gaels rejigged their team for the second half and came right back at Shamrocks. Having seen a 9 point lead reduced to a 3 point lead mid way through the second half, the lads were in trouble but this was as close as Gaels got. Michael Foy in goal got some vital touches to dangerous shots and the full backline of Cian O’Flaherty and Fionn Herlihy put their bodies on the line on a few occasions. Mark Sisk will wake up sore once again in the morning after having a great battle with their excellent and physically strong centre forward.
Harry Andrews was on form from frees, Adam McSweeney who was simply everywhere scored two great points from midfield and Seán Andrews burst through with 7 minutes left to goal for his hatrick to give Shamrocks the cushion they needed to see out the game.
Once again, it was a great team effort from all over the field. The half backs of Philip Dorney and Eoin O’Flynn cleared some ball in the second half. The half forwards of Adam Maye and Tim Sheehan won good ball and drew fouls at times which resulted in pointed frees. And Derry Howard from the u12’s played his first full u14 match and kept the ball moving and is improving with every outing. Shamrocks were short players tonight so every belt could have been costly but the players just got up and got on with it. Well done. Thanks also to the great travelling support as well.