St. Pats come up short

St. Patricks 3-12 Kilrunae McDonaghs 5-09

Templemore was the venue for the St. Pats Junior Hurling A quarter final against Noth runners up Kilruane McDonaghs last Sunday. It was another glorious October day for the event.

It started poorly for our lads with them going 1-03 to 0-00 down after approx seven or eight minutes. The first goal conceded was of the soft nature to say the least and unfortunately similar events went on to haunt us throughout the game. St. Pats came back into the game well midway through the second half as they settled down and hurled reasonably well. We created a good deal of scoring chances, taking some and possibly being unlucky with others. Conor Barry blasted off the crossbar when through on goal after good inter play between himself and Brian McCormack. We also missed some very scorable point opportunities during the latter stages of the first half. A few minutes before half time we were back level at 2-03 a piece. But then we conceded a 21 yard free and teh free was miss-hit and it came off a St. Pats defender stick and ended up in the goal. It ended up with us going in four down at half time even though we hurled reasonably ok for 20 minutes.

The second half started and we fell foul to another lapse in our defense with another goal to Kilruane. We were down seven at this stage. Our lads dug in and got themselves back into it, thanks to a opportunist goal from Brian McCormack. Some good points also from Wille McCormack and Sean Horan brought us back into it. As the game entered its closing minutes, yes, another goal for Kilruane and at this stage there was no coming back from it unfortunately.  Kilruane went on to win by three points.

Funnily enough St. Pats didn’t hurl all that bad as a whole, but conceding five goals make it very hard to win any game.

Overall Paul Horan had a good game and excelled when he went back to wing back in the second half. Liam Brett also hurled solidly throughout and led the fight back well in the second half from center back. Shane Gorey had a decent hour at midfield where he moved a good deal of ball. Sean Horan did well at center forward as did Wille McCormack on the wing and both chipped in with scores. BrianMcCormack had a good battle with the Kilruane full back and Brian got another two goals for his team.

From the county championship perspective that’s it, our year is over! But there is now a playoff to see who represents Tipperary in the Munster Junior Championship. From what we are hearing, we will play Ballooby, again, next week and the winners play Emly to see who goes on to represent Tipp. So its not over, some more hurling yet to be played!!!

Team; J.Moroney, K.Clancy, E.McCormack, P.Moroney, J.Hayes, L.Brett, R.Needham, S.Gorey, P.Horan, C.Barry, S.Horan, W.McCormack, T.O’Brien,  B.McCormack, N.Gleeson. Subs; R.MCormack, R.Maher, T.O’Connor, S.Broderick, E.Needham, PJ.Burke, D.Ryan, M.OConnell, C.Dunne, M.O’Brien, D.Molloy. T. Hayes

 

 

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