Aherlow put an end to St. Pats Gaels year

Aherlow put a stop to St. Pats Gaels attempt to reaching a county U21 final in Cahir last Sunday. Four points was the difference in the end after an entertaining hours hurling despite the dreadful underfoot conditions.

The first half was all St. Pats with then heading for the dressing rooms three ahead. They hurled well and at least 4 of their six forwad had taken scores from play at this stage. But in hindsight, there was probably goals chances that went a-begging during this period which unfortunately came back to haunt our lads.

The second half started with another point for the Gaels, putting them four up and things looked promising. For the next 10 minutes Pats had the ball around the Aherlow goal but again failed to capatilise. Then Aherlow struck the goal the craved from a21 yard free and this was the catalyst which triggered them into action. They had the momentum and in fairness to them they capatilised, going from four down to four up.

St. Pats traded points with Aherlow but eventually were six down going into the last few minutes. The Gaels kept up the effort and got a late goal but could not close out the remaining gap.

All in all the Drangan, Cloneen, Ballyneale lads put in huge effort but came up a bit short in the end.

Hurling in these conditions at this time of year is degrading of the U21 championship(A and B) in general. The county board should really investigate whether they can play it off during the summer months. St. Pats Gaels had their first championship game on St. Patricks Day and finished last Sunday the 6th of December, having played just 4 games with one walkover. Really impressive planning/scheduling isn’t it!!!

A full match report will be posted later in the week from the ‘Nationalist’.

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