Ballymartle 3-18, Shamrocks 0-9
An expected lopsided win for Ballymartle in the Track on Saturday evening in the JAHL. Shamrocks were outplayed by a far better hurling side who mainly did their scoring in bursts when they wanted to.
Ballymartle led by 2-10 to 0-6 at HT; the opening 10 minutes had been competitive enough but Bally took over coming up to halftime. Shamrocks had played with the aid of the strong breeze in the first half but Ballymartle were always comfortable.
Again, the opening exchanges of the second half were even enough before Ballymartle decided enough was enough and they stretched away again to win comfortably. Some Shamrocks players were able to compete well with the Ballymartle lads but ultimetly, it was totally one sided for the 5th or 6th year in a row. In fact, Shamrocks didn’t score one single point from play in the entire game – minor player Andrew O’Grady did all the scoring from frees, some of which were excellent. But there is a mountain to climb before the championship – Shamrocks are relying almost entirely on their young minor players to field at junior level – its just not fair on them and they trying to win their own championship. Where are all the adult junior players gone?
Team: C. Scriven, S. Kelleher, C. Kidney, S. Kidney, R. Murphy, S. Andrews, J. Browne, B. Mulqueen, J. Tuohy, A. O’Grady, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, D. Andrews, D. O’Sullivan, R. Twomey. Subs – C. O’Grady, D. O’Neill, M. Hitchmough.