City Junior A Hurling League - Round 1

City Junior A Hurling League: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 6-12 Old Christians 2-13. 

Our junior hurlers started their league campaign in fine fashion with an emphatic victory over Old Christians. This was a really tough-fought battle in the first half, as Old Christians largely had the better of the first quarter but a poacher’s goal from Dean O’Neill kept us in touch. In the first half, we mainly relied on the free-taking abilities of Dean O’Neill and Evan Considine but although we suffered a setback when Old Christians rattled the back of the net themselves, we did not allow this affect our confidence. Our hard work paid off and we got a bit of luck before the break as two fortuitous goals in the space of a couple of minutes from Liam O’Sullivan and Gerard McKeogh saw us take a 4-point advantage at the break: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 3-5 Old Christians 1-7.

We took that bit of luck and used it to build a really dominant second-half performance. Both Dean O’Neill and Ger McKeogh got another goal in the second half, both of those players would finish with 2-2 from open play. Aaron O’Donovan got our sixth goal and he also scored a fine point from play, with Darren Lane also nailing a free. Although the goalscoring caught the eye, this was a performance built upon hard work and a cohesive team display. Marc O’Shea gave an absolutely outstanding display at corner-back in his first start in a competitive adult fixture, cleaning every forward our opponents sent his way. Naoise McGarrigle was hugely prominent at right wing-back getting forward to launch numerous attacks and dominant under a high ball, while team captain Evan Considine held things together superbly at the heart of the defence. Brian Howard also seemed to be everywhere in the middle of the field, linking the defence and attack. It was great to see such numbers available for selection today, and it was a confidence-boosting display against a Junior A side. We are out again next weekend, away to Mungret.

Team: Danny O’Sullivan; Ciarán Downes, Brendan O’Shea, Marc O’Shea; Naoise McGarrigle, Evan Considine (0-2 frees), Jai Chaudri; Jack Mullane, Brian Howard; Liam O’Sullivan (1-0), Tom O’Shea, Ger McKeogh (2-2); Darragh Walsh, Adam Butler, Dean O’Neill (2-8, 0-6 frees)
Subs: Aaron O’Donovan (1-1) for Adam Butler; Eoin Sexton for Ciarán Downes; Matthew Lucey for Dean O’Neill; Darren Lane (0-1 free) for Darragh Walsh; Darren Walsh for Tom O’Shea; Darragh O’Brien for Jack Mullane
Panel: Kieran O’Brien, Martin Nunan, Bryan O’Shea