Shamrocks 5-12, Donoughmore 2-9
Team; Shane Flavin, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Jodi Sisk, James Lynam, Daniel O Mahony, Ruairi Mehigan, Seán Andrews, Shane Downey, Luke O’Driscoll, James O Callaghan and last but certainly not least Mark Sisk.
It was a pleasure to watch. Two teams who had a good scattering of strong players and willing to play hurling as it is meant to be. Not a bad pull in the game. We started out with two early points from James Lynam from a 65 and Ruairi Mehigan from a free from about forty. Settled the nerves..
Seán Andrews scored a lovely point on the run. Ruairí added three more from frees six points before they got off the mark with one of their own from a free. Mark Sisk pulled on a bouncing ball in the square and buried it. They replied with one of their own and a point but two more goals from Shane Downey and Luke O’Driscoll left Shamrocks in a commanding lead at half time 3-8 to 1-6.
As you will know though hurling is a game where a lead like that can disappear in a flash.
Not going to happen because while we continued to score during the second half our goalkeeper Shane Flavin ( staking a claim on the position Permanently) stood tall on occasion to block and clear his line like a man with years of experience. The backs Evan, Cathal, Daniel, Jody under the marshalling of James gave nothing up easy and gave the captain Ruairí and the forwards plenty of ball to be working with.
While we had players on holiday i would like to quickly mention two players who were not on holiday but could not play – Dave O’Sullivan (injured during minor game) and Sam Geary (who offered to get out of a sick bed rather than leave us short). Get well soon to both of you. Thank you to young Mark for filling in a pair of boots at short notice and to James O’Callaghan who got his first experience of hurling last night and happily told me afterwards he enjoyed it..
Until the next one….Slán tamaill