Our Intermediate hurlers went down to a strong Clongeen side in Saturdays Division 3 ACL game in Monageer. Fielding a depleted team due to a long injury list, our lads battled manfully and performed well in the difficult conditions. Clongeen got away to a good start and had 1-2 on the board early on but we gradually got to grips and at half time the score was 2-6 to 0-11 for the visitors. We had to face into a strong breeze in the second half and looked to be on target for victory until a defensive error handed Clongeen the points they hardly deserved. Best on the day were Liam Gahan, Niall O’Reilly and Conal Nolan in defence. Youngster James Walsh, making his debut at this level looks a real prospect at wing back. Mick Sweeney had a good outing at midfield while our fowards despite missing some guilt edged chances had impressive displays from Brian O’Loughlin John Ivory and James Gahan.
Team 1 Sean Murphy, 2 Liam Gahan, 3 Conal Nolan, 4 Ray O’Brien, 5 Niall O’Reilly(0-2), 6 Patrick Breen, 7 James Walsh, 8 Shane Kehoe(0-1), 9 Mick Sweeney, 10 Bryan Dwyer(0-1), 11 Brian O’Loughlin, 12, James Gahan(0-2), 13 John O’Loughlin(0-3), 14 David Breen(0-1), 15 John Ivory(0-6, 0-3 frees). Subs; Sean McCabe for R O’Brien, Niall Finn for D Breen.