St Vincents 8-6, Shamrocks 3-7
St Vincents got the better of Shamrocks in the quarter final of the championship on Thursday evening last in Shanbally. The teams had met in the league earlier on where Vincents were easy winners but Shamrocks had done some preparation in the meantime and really put it up to the winners this time around. However, they ran out of gas in the last 10 minutes when St Vincents scored 3 goals to put a better look on the scorline from there point of view – from a Shamrocks point of view there was no way Vincents were 5 goals a better team on the night after a truly battling display from the Shamrocks lads.
The early exchanges were tight but Vincents, playing with the strong wind, started to get on top from the 15th minute until halftime and scored 3 goals and a couple of points to open up a commanding 3-5 to 0-2 lead. Shamrocks managed to give themselves hope when Daniel O’Brien scrambled in a high ball to the Vincents net to leave the score at HT St Vincents 3-5, Shamrocks 1-2.
Shamrocks needed an early goal to set a light under this game but Vincents got it and held Shamrocks at bay. However, Shamrocks had a purple patch from the 5th to the 20th minute and had Vincents on the rack, bringing the deficit back to 6 points after goals from Seán Andrews (who was brilliant throughout and caused endless problems for Vincents) and Eoin O’Flynn who had moved out from goal. Harry Andrews and Philip Dorney were also on the scoresheet for Shamrocks. With 8 minutes to go, it was St Vincents 5-6, Shamrocks 3-6 but unfortunately from a Shamrocks point of view, their attacking all-in line up at this point was caught for 3 goals right before the final whistle.
It was a great game of hurling from both sides with real championship intensity to it. For most Shamrocks players, they are so young that this was their first ever taste of championship action and they will learn lots from it. They improved immeasurably over the last month and left everything on the field against Vincents. They can be proud of their efforts.
Panel: Adan McSweeney, Adam Maye, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Tim Sheehan, Mark Sisk, Philip Dorney, Daniel O’Brien, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Robert Barrett, John Coleman.