Junior Hurlers Start Campaign with win

St. Patricks 1-11 Ballingarry 0-8

St. Pats started their championship with a win over Ballingarry last Saturday night in Fethard. It was a reasonable enough game but maybe lacked the edge of knockout hurling, which is to be expected at this time of year. But apart from that it was important for our lads to get a win under their belts.

The game started slowly with both sides trading scores. St. Pats lost their full forward Robbie McCormack not long after the start due to injury. He was replaced by PJ Burke. Shane Gorey was unlucky not to score the first goal midday through the first half when he was through on goal and his shot came back of the crossbar. At this stage J Hayes and L Brett were hurling well in the half back line and S Gorey was industrious at wing forward.

The second have saw both teams have chances but it was whoever got the goal was always going to be the deciding factor as to which way the tie was going to go. Thankfully from a St. Pats perspective, Conor Barry latched onto a long ball and whiped it in giving the Ballingarry goalie no real chance. Our lads kicked on and picked up another point or two which sealed the victory. Points in the bag and move on as its early in the year with many hurdles ahead.

St. Patricks

J. Moroney, K. Clancy, E. McCormack, P. Moroney, J. Hayes, L. Brett, R. Needham, D. Gleeson, P. Horan, S. Gorey, B. McCormack, C. Barry, T. Hayes, R. McCormack, N. Gleeson. Subs PJ. Burke for R. McCormack, T. O’Brien for T. Hayes

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