Shamrocks 3-5, Grenagh 3-2
Shamrocks recorded their first win of the season with a merited victory over a strong Grenagh side.
We started well but failed to trouble the scoreboard whilst on top. Harry Andrews scored a “bullet” from a free and this seemed to settle us down. It was nip and tuck up to half-time but a Grenagh goal just before the break left the score level – 1- 2 a piece.
The second half started with us under pressure but our opponents failed to register a score during this period. Again we settled and led by 5 points following another superb Harry Andrews goal from a close in free. Unfortunately, at this stage one of our heroes on the night, John Coleman, suffered a very serious knee injury.
This set us back and Grenagh went on to score 2 goals in less than a minute to leave us trailing by 1 point with 5 miniutes to go. The spirit of this squad was then tested to the full.
Led by Mark Sisk, Fionn Herlihy and Adam McSweeney, who were magnificient all night, Shamrocks attacked in droves. With 2 minutes to go, Eoin O’Flynn latched onto a breaking ball to finish well to the net and followed this up a minute later to give us a goal lead which we held to the end.
This was our best performance of the season and all the lads played their part. The victory was soured by John’s injury and we wish him all the best in his rehab which may take some time.
It was great to hear the huge shout out for John by his fellow players in the dressing room later.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Kieran & Catherine Sisk, Anna Barrett and Niamh O’Brien for their wonderful support and assistance – we surely have special people associated with this age group. Thanks to all the other grand-parents, parents and siblings who travelled and supported us on the night.
Panel – Adam Maye, Fionn Herlihy, Daniel O’Brien, Robert Barrett, Mark Sisk, Adam McSweeney, Harry Andrews, Derry Hurley, John Coleman, Josh Bartlett, Eoin O’Flynn, James O’Keeffe, Marc Galland.