Shamrocks 2-11, Ballygarvan 0-17
This was hurling as it should be, great scores, great saves, a huge will to win and courage over and beyond the call of duty. In Ballinhassig on Tuesday evening the Shamrock followers were treated to a display by our brave young under 21 hurlers that would give one great faith in the future.
After a shaky start the momentum and raw courage began to manifest itself. We defended bravely and Seán Kidney was back to his very best in front of outstanding keeper Cormac Scriven. Young Hitchmough was hurling with great authority and Dave Andrews knew no fear. At the break Ballygarvan led 0-10 to 0-6.
In the second period, when Ballygarvan seemed to be setting up a victory two great goals turned the game on its head and at full time the teams were even. Four added minutes were called by the referee with Ballygarvan going into a one point lead. Entering the fourth minute Shamrocks were awarded a free sixty metres out on the sideline. Robbie Andrews grandson, Andrew O’Grady stepped up to clinically put the slitor between the posts and get a deserved draw. Andrew was in sixth gear all night.
We salute all the players and substitutes, they wanted only one thing and that was victory for the green and white. On Wednesday evening next August 31st the two sides will contest the replay at Ballinhassig at 6.30pm.
Team: Cormac Scriven,Joe O’Keeffe, Sean Kidney, Mark Hitchmough, Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Tom Murphy, Coby O’Grady, Chris Hayes, Darragh Scriven, David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady, Brendan Crowley.