Kinsale 2-13, Shamrocks 1-12
Shamrocks took to the Brinny pitch on a dry sunny Saturday evening to take on Kinsale in the minor hurling championship.
This was our first hurling game of the season as for one reason or another, we were unable to field a team for the league. The team settled down well and opened the scoring when Tony O Mahony pointed after some lovely team work from the full back line up through the field. Kinsale responded and the teams were level again at 2 points a piece after Sean O Brien pointed after a great run from mid field. The hard working Aonghus Boland got his just reward when he found the back of the Kinsale net after a neat move to put us back in the lead. Roy Twomey then pointed two long distant frees in between two Kinsale points. Kinsale then got a break away goal after a mix up in the Shamrock defence to leave the sides level again. Two more Kinsale points was followed by a Roy Twomey point to leave just the bare minimum between the two teams at half time with Kinsale leading on a scoreline of 1-06 to 1-05.
We started the second half in great spirits and got four unanswered points from Cal O Mahony, Roy Twomey, the outstanding Conor Walter and Tony O Mahony to put us back in a three point lead. Kinsale then hit a purple patch and scored a point from a close in free and soon followed what proved to be the turning point of the game when they scored a rather soft goal to put them back into the lead that they never lost again. Four unanswered Kinsale points had us chasing the game and try as we did we couldn’t score the vital goal that we needed. We finished the game with another two points but the final whistle sounded and after a very spirited effort, we exited the championship on a final score line of 2-13 to 1-12.
The injured James Raleigh in goal had a very solid game through out and the very young full back line of Coby O Grady and Sean Kidney gave their usual 110%. The half back line was led by man of the match Conor Walter, Rory Horgan and David Raleigh. Sean O Brien ran himself in to the ground at midfield. The half forward line of Roy Twomey, Tony O Mahony and Cal O Mahony were always dangerous when they found possession.
The inside forward line of Aonghus Boland and Brian Coffan gave their opponents plenty to think about through out the game. Luke Garvan and Tom Murphy contributed to the cause when they were introduced early in the second half. We would like to thank Liam Shanahan and Kieran Lynam for the time and effort they have put into this team.
Next up is the football versus Nemo in the championship in two weeks time.