Southern Gaels hurling club notes 9/6/2014

posted 9 Jun 2014, 02:46 by Kieran McCarthy
Intermediate Championship
Clonkill 2-18   Southern Gaels  2-12
Played in Cusack Park last Sunday this was very much a game of two halves with the wind influencing proceedings throughout. Clonkill raced into the lead with an impressive 1-6  without reply. Fionn Dowd's accuracy from frees kept Gaels in the game as he slotted over four in the opening half. Jamie Anders added a point from play but with Clonkill hitting 1-13 it seemed all over at half-time. Luke Folan tormented the Athlone side's defence as he accounted for 1-4. Philip Dowdell and Ian Farrell also turned in impressive performances.
However, Southern Gaels were a transformed outfit in the second half with wind advantage. Two pointed frees from Fionn Dowd and goals from play from Dermot Carey and the superb Sean Kilgarriff had them right back in the game within ten minutes. The sides swapped a few scores but with five minutes Gaels had cut the deficit to two points. Duncan, Hurley, Keogh and Cronin were excellent in defence and the forwards would score a total of 2-7 for the half. Certainly they had Clonkill worried and only a last minute goal from Enda Morrison made them secure. The Athlone side if they can kick on from this display, on their return to Intermediate hurling after five years, will have a big say in the championship. 
Southern Gaels: Paddy Grace, Jonathan Keogh, Kieran Duncan (Capt), Donal Hurley, Patrick Flynn, Eoghan Cronin, Sean Carey, Jason Ryan, Sean Kilgarriff (1-1), Dermot Carey (1-1), Tony O'Keeffe, Fionn Dowd (0-8, 7f, 1'65), Ronan Farrell, MJ Kelly (0-1) and Jamie Anders (0-1).
Subs: AlanKennedy (Ryan), Trevor Farrell (S Carey) and Colin Larkin (Anders)

Under 12 v Longford Slashers
Southern Gaels Under 12s travelled to play Longford Slashers on Wednesday the 4th of June and recorded their third win on trot having previously overcome Wolfe Tones and St.Brigid’s Rochfortbridge.
The Gaels played with the wind in the first half and after a couple of early wides, Niall Scully opened the scoring with a good goal. As the half progressed, the lads got more into their stride with Niall Scully and Cian McCarthy causing havoc in front of the Slasher’s goals. They were helped greatly in the forwards by Rory Kane, Joe Sweeney and Eoin McCarthy. At half time Southern Gaels led by 7.1 to 2.0.
The second half was a more evenly contested affair with Gaels outscoring Slashers by 3.4 to 2.1. The Gaels defence was under more pressure against the breeze but Sean Murphy, Cian O’Suilleabhain, Peter Mulvihill and Evan Farrell all played great stuff. They were helped greatly by Sean Fox in goals and Eamon Martin, Chulainn Dowd and Rory Kilgarrif who dominated the midfield area. In the second half there was a much better spread of scores with Rory Kilgarrif, Eamon Martin, Niall Scully, Peter Mulvihill and Chulainn Dowd all picking off some nice scores with the final score 10.5 to 4.1.
Many thanks to all the parents who travelled and referee Pat Flynn.

Under 8 Blitz, Robinstown.
With the thunder roaring in the background, Southern Gael Under 8’s roared onto the pitch and flung into action against Clonkill.
Cormac Bradley eagerly commanded the backline, ably assisted by TJ Turley who fronted up well to anyone challenging the goal.
Up front Liam O’Flaherty was attacking the ball well, while Eoghan West was getting involved and chasing down the ball which ensured we won the game.
 
Next up was Fr. Daltons, which was a sterner test. Gearoid McCarthy did some great ground hurling while Stephen O’Connor had his best spell of tackling.
Daithí O Leochain showed how to play in the full back line, marking up well and coming out to attack and clear the ball.
Lee Turley really got involved in this game and cleared some great ball around the middle of the field.
Up front, it was Sean O’Neill’s day for sure and he bagged a fabulous hatrick, against a tough defence, to see us take the victory.
 
For the final game, we squared up to Raherney, who were the toughest team of the day. Nathan Corcoran was outstanding in midfield and tirelessly put himself everywhere possible to keep Southern Gaels in the match.
Cillian Geary displayed his experience and composure at this grade to clean-up anything that came near our goal to ensure we kept a clean sheet. Unfortunately we were not able to break them down up front and it ended all square.
 
We had 11 great Hurlers on the Day, who got soaked on occasion, but the Ice-Creams after made it all worthwhile.
The hurlers were: Liam O’Flaherty, Eoghan West, Cormac Bradley, Lee and TJ Turley, Gearóid McCarthy, Nathan Corcoran, Cillian Geary, Daithí O’Leochain, Stephen O’Connor and Seán O’Neill
 

Fixtures
Under 12, Wednesday  18th June 2014, 7:00 PM Pairc Ciarán, Athlone: Southern Gaels v Crookedwood
Under 12 Wednesday 02nd July 2014 18:30 Brownstown vs Southern Gaels Fr O' Reilly Memorial Park
JHC B Tuesday 10/06/2014 19:30 Delvin vs Southern Gaels Delvin
ACHL Division 4, Delvin vs Southern Gaels Delvin
ACHL Division 5,  Southern Gaels vs Brownstown Pairc Ciarain

Best wishes
The club would like to wish a speedy recovery to coach Enda dowd.
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