St.Pats into Junior A Hurling Semi

St. Patricks 0-13   Loughmore/Castleainey 0-12

The County Junior A hurling quarter final was played on Saturday in Littleon in blustery conditions. It was a very enjoyable game for spectators as the lead ebbed and flowed between both teams throughout the hour, there was very little between both sides.

Loughmore played with the wind in the first half, which was considerable enough, possibly even with 4 points. The mid side started well and converted any frees which they got and lead 0-03 to 0-01 after 10 minutes. Pats came back into it, with Robbie McCormack hitting some very good free into the wind. The Pats half back line was standing firm under the long puck outs throughout the first half, this was a major factor. Pats had a few scares around the goal mouth before half time, but managed to keep a clean sheet and went in one point down at the interval, which they would have been very happy with.

The Drangan and Clonnen lads upped the pace at the start of the second. Neil Gleeson leveled the game after a few minutes with a very good score from the left wing. They then tagged on another score from Robbie McCormack to push them ahead. Our lads then went two up, the game was very competitive at this stage with both side totally committed. Loughmore dug in and brought it back to level with 10 minutes left. Then we got two goal chances, one of which was blazed wide, unfortunately. The game was nearing and end and L.Brett had a free from the half back line; he delivered it and Aron Cronin made a great catch and turned to slot it over. Loughmore fought back strongly but our lads matched it and held out for a deserved win. Best for Pats  on the day was P.Horan, both midfielders C.Barry and S.Gorey who between them got 3 points from play and A.Cronin who hurled a lot of ball and got the insurance score. A good day for our club that progresses us to the next day which will be the county semi final against Rockwell Rovers in Clonmel next Sunday, at 12:00.

Team: J.Moroney, R.Needham, C.Dunne, D.Meagher, P.Horan, L.Brett(Capt), E.McCormack, S.Gorey, C.Barry, T.O’Brien, A.Cronin, N.Gleeson, D.Barry, R.McCormack, N.Kearney; Subs D. Molloy for D.Barry, R.Maher, M.Slattery, J.Hayes, P.Moroney, E.Needham

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