Semi Final defeat for St. Pats hurlers

St. Patricks 0-10 Rockwell Rovers 2-10

The county Junior A hurling semi final as played yesterday in Clonmel, in glorious sunshine actually! Conditions were perfect for hurling especially for this time of year.

The game started with Rockwell picking up an early point and looking threatening around the Pats goal mouth. The South sides backs were struggling to clear their lines efficiently and this lead to the Rockwell midfield and half backs picking up lot of uncontested ball, from half hit clearences. A Rockwell goal came soon after, with Rockwell well on top after 10 mins. Then Tony O’Brien picked off a good point to get Pats off the mark. Rockwell responded with another point, and this was to be the pattern all day, when Pats tried to get close Rockwell done the necessary and tagged on another score. Rockwell got their second green flag after a number of mistakes in the Pats defense. Things were going from bad to worse at this stage, Pats after 20 mins had left themselves a significant hill to climb to get back into contention. Both teams traded scores over the next period. In the last 10 mins of the half the Drangan/Cloneen side got on top and it was possibly this period they will rue most!! Possibly 3 to 4 very, very good goal chances went a begging. The Rockwell inside backs looked frail and unfortunately our forwards didn’t captalise when the chances arose. The score finished 2-05 to 0-06 at half time.

The second half was mostly even, as far as scores were concerned, but not on the wides front, Pats won that one unfortunately! Not goal chances but point taking opportunities, from play and from placed balls, our lads failed to convert their chances. Rockwell on the other hand were very economical, when they came up the field, and when opportunities arose they took the majority of them. Pats battled throughout but as mentioned earlier, whenever they got a score of two, Rockwell came back with a point and also unfortunately the goal that we craved never came. In that sense the Rockwell rear guard held up well after a good deal of pressure throughout the second half.

So the year finishes up,  unfortunately without silverware. All the players must be thanked for the effort they gave over the year and the enjoyment they provided to all their supporters. Also a big thanks to the management for their time and effort throughout the year.

Team: J.Moroney, R.Needham, C.Dunne, D.Meagher, P.Horan, L.Brett, E.McCormack(Capt), C.Barry, S.Goery, T.O’Brien, A.Cronin, N.Gleeson, N.Kearney, R.McCormack, D.Molloy; Subs; J.Hayes for D.Molloy(HT), D.Barry for N.Kearney (45).

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