Courcey Rovers 0-18, Shamrocks 0-8
The visitors to Shanbally took all 2 league points on offer on a beautiful evening for hurling at Shanbally Wednesday evening. Courcey Rovers had a strong panel on duty and looked sharp in everything they did and looked to be ahead of Shamrocks in terms of hurling done.
Courcey Rovers were first to settle and went into an early 2 points to nil lead before Seanán Collins drove over 2 Shamrocks frees. Courcey Rovers really upped it in the next 10 minutes and scored 5 unanswered points. Goalkeeper Michael O’Neill pulled off one fabulous save in this time as well.
Barry Mulqueen then registered Shamrocks first point from play in 2012 with a neat finish. Shamrocks seemed to take a bit of inspiration from this and finished the half stronger. Half time score Courcey Rovers 0-8, Shamrocks 0-4.
Shamrocks made 3 changes at the break and started the second half like they were going to make a real fight of it. Some lovely scores from Michael Prout, Seanán Collins and Darragh Collins saw them close the gap to 0-11 to 0-8 at its closest point. However, Courcies reasserted themselves and closed out the game with a flurry of points.
Considering where Shamrocks have been coming from already this year and the poor start, this was much better in general from the home side, the obvious problem is the inability to trouble the scoreboard unlike the teams around us. With more hurling training and the right attitude, it is hoped to remedy this problem. Training Sunday morning at 11.30am
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, C. Brady, B. Sweeney, D. O’Neill, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, B. Cusack, S. Collins, M. Prout, P. Andrews, S. KEane, D. Collins. Subs used – S. O’NEill, C. Kidney, J. O’Driscoll, R. Murphy.