Shamrocks 4-10, Tracton 6-3
Shamrocks travelled to Minane Bridge on Monday evening to play our last U14 hurling match of the season, the U14 Shield Final. This game was an outstanding game which had everything from start to finish. Both teams gave an exhibition of hurling and the end to end action was a joy to watch.
Shamrocks started on the back foot and Tracton had us in all types of trouble all over the pitch. After ten minutes they had rattled our net three times and added on a few points before we got on the score sheet via the acurate free taking of Cian Lynch. Tracton cancelled out our revival by adding another goal as the half time whistle was approaching. A close in free by Josh Bartlett rattled the Tracton net just on half time to leave us trailing on a score line of 4-01 to 1-04.
Some positional switches were made at half time along with words of encouragement and also some harsh words which had to be said in the circumstances.
Shamrocks started the second half by adding on two early points from Dara McCormick and Luke Jordan. Luke then done his impression of the famous John Fenton Goal for Cork by score an identical one from 35 meters out. This gave the lads great hope and confidence. Try as we might to get the equaliser, it just wouldn’t happen. Tracton then took control again and scored another two goals to leave them in the driving seat with ten minutes to go. More frees from Cian Lynch and Josh Bartlett kept us in the hunt and they two quick fire goals from Sam Foy left us trailing by just a point as we entered injury time. A converted tight angled free from Josh Bartlett had us level two minutes into added time. Possession was won from the resulting Tracton puck, the sliothar found it’s way to Dara McCormick and from the half wsy line he pointed the winning score to leave us victorious by the slimmest of margains on a scoreline of 4-10 to 6-03.
Great scenes of delight at the final whistle were witnessed. Tracton were devastated have led the whole game except for the last puck. Captain Kieran May accepted the shield on behalf of the team and thanked Teacton, Referee, Brian Coinnery who stated it was the best game he did in along time, Parents, team mates and coaches, John Herlihy, Shane O’Donovan and John Twomey. A victory parade was held and we even got a Garda Escort as they were escorting the Windmills out of Ringaskiddy.
Team. David Herlihy in Goal, Full back line, Calum Gregson, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney and Seamus O’Mahony. Half back line, Shane O Flynn, Evan Browne and Captain, Kieran May. Mid field, Dara McCormick and Josh Bartlett, Half forward line, Cathal O Donovan, Cian Lynch and Luke Jordan. Full forward line, Barry O’Mahony, Sam Foy and Donal Herlihy. Subs, Ryan Roberts for Calum Gregson, Jack O’Sullivan-Kearney, Conor Coleman and Harry O’Leary.