Shamrocks 5-10, Grenagh 5-15
Grenagh under 15 hurlers were the visitors to Shanbally on a lovely Thursday evening for hurling and they left with the points after a thoroughly entertaining hours hurling. Both teams are to be commended for serving up 35 scores between them and some of the Shamrocks players simply ran themselves to a standstill throughout. Unfortunately, Grenagh had only the 12 players so it was 12 a side. This certainly leads to plenty of scores and tired bodies at the end.
Its a bit hard to map out a report for the pattern of this game as so much was happening. Shamrocks started bright and Mark Hitchmough and Rory Horgan from midfield scored early goals. However, it wasnt long before Grenagh showed that they were a cut above the Dripsey team that Shamrocks beat the previous week. They had 2 excellent half forwards and one in particular, who is on the Cork under 15 team, gave Shamrocks all sorts of problems for the whole hour. The game plan revolved around stopping this player; Joe O’Brien did as good a job as anyone could expect and in fact was on top of him for long spells of the second half. It was a great tussle. So as the goals and points were flying in at either end, the scoreboard was kept busy. After a great first half, Grenagh led 2-10 to 2-5 at half time.
The second half was tight all through and again, the scores kept coming. Shamrocks played their best hurling in this period with each player contributing throughout the hour. This bunch of players have been putting it in on the training pitch and one can see an improvement from game to game. Cormac Scriven in goals had a great outing and dealt with the numerous high balls that came in. Rory Horgan and Andrew O’Grady added second half goals along with points from O’ Brien (65), Aonghus Boland (who ran himself to a standstill) and Darragh Scriven who got 3 points from play from wing forward. It was also good to see Daniel O’Reilly making a comeback and playing well at centre back.
So overall, eventhough they became one of the few Shamrocks teams to score 5-10 in a hurling match but still lose, things look bright for this bunch of players and it is hoped to keep them together for a while yet as they can do some damage over the next few years. They improve with every game. Next game is supposed to be against Clondrohid next Wednesday but that game looks unlikely as the Minors are playing the same night. We’ll let you know whats happening.
Team: C. Scriven, B. Crowley, C. O’ Grady, S. Kelleher, J. O’Brien, S. Kidney, R. Horgan, B. Coffin, A. Boland, D. Scriven, A. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough. Subs used – D. O’Reilly, D. Andrews, T. Murphy.