Our Intermediate hurlers made the long trip to Horeswood on Friday evening last for our Division 3 encounter a successful one with a facile 15 point win. On top from the outset we led at half-time by 2-12 to 0-3, the goals coming from Peter Mernagh and Niall O Loughlin with 2 points each from Larry Murphy, James Gahan
and Brian O Loughlin helped to build a commanding half time lead. Second half goals followed from the unstoppable Niall O Loughlin and James Gahan to finish the game early in the second half. Best on the day were Chris Daly, Niall O Reilly and Tommy Breen in defence and up front, Niall O Loughlin and Peter Mernagh excelled. Team; Seam Murphy, Niall O Reilly, Chris Daly, Paul Gahan, Dean fenlon, Tommy Breen (0-1), Mick Sweeney,Damien Fenlon (0-1), Larry Murphy (0-2), Mark Gahan (0-1), Brian O Loughlin (0-3), Colm O Loughlin, James Gahan (1-2), Niall O Loughlin (2-6, 0-2 frees) Peter Mernagh(1-4, 0-2 frees) Subs; Sean McCabe for M Sweeney, Diarmuid Fenlon for C O Loughlin, Adam Dunne for S Murphy.
Our Junior hurlers travelled to Rosslare for the 12.00 throw in on Saturday and came home with a well deserved share of the spoils after a great comeback. Rosslare raced in front and led 1-2 to 0-0 after only 4 minutes play. Monageer battled back and with Liam Gahan and Chris Daly getting a grip in the half back line we battled back well to be only 2-7 to 1-6 behind at half time. James Gahan scored 1-1 and tormented the Rosslare full back line winning a succession of frees which the ever reliable Ed Rowesome repeatedly punished. Rosslare forged ahead again and led by 7 points with 15 minutes left. Colm O Loughlin came on to the edge of the square, immediately he caused panic in the Rosslare full back line and scored two brilliantly taken goals. Two long range points from the increasingly influential David Breen and another from the now rampant Sean McCabe whose solo and finish from the right sideline was sheer class, brought us to within a point of our hosts. Monageer were now completely on top and eventually got a well deserved equaliser when Ed Rowesome from the left touchline shot a brilliant point. The team showed great battling qualities and looked the much fitter team at the finish on what is a very big pitch. Best on the day were Ray O Brien, Chris Daly and Liam (Monageer)Gahan who was outstanding at wing back. Foster Lacey worked tirelessly in midfield while Sean McCabe was brilliant in the second half. Up front David Breen battled really well while Colm O Loughlin when introduced and James Gahan were particularly impressive. Team; Peter Mernagh, Keith Swaine, Conal Nolan, Ray O Brien, Sean Doran, Chris Daly, Liam Gahan, Foster Lacey, Sean McCabe(0-1), Larry Murphy(0-1), David Breen(0-2), Ed Rowesome(0-7, 6 frees), James Gahan(1-1), Damien Fenlon(0-1), Garry Ennett. Subs; Adrian Flynn for K Swaine, Colm O Loughlin(2-0) for A Flynn.
Our Intermediate hurlers had an easy win over our neighbours Buffers Alley in Ballinastraw on saturday evening last to maintain their impressive start to the league campaign. They set about the task with real conviction and Bertie Gahan shot two excellent early points before retiring with a recurring hamstring injury. Excellent foward play was rewarded with a steady flow of scores with Niall O Loughlin from frees and play showing great accuracy. Padraig Flynn who had moved to full foward raced through to net two well worked goals, both with excellent finishes to give Monageer a half time lead of 2-11 to 0-4. The Alley came into the game for a spell after half time and shot a few scores but their rally was short lived as further points from Flynn and Dean and Damien Fenlon and a late goal from Mark Gahan finished the job in some style. Overall it was a good team performance with Dean Fenlon and Chris Daly excelling in defence. Larry Murphy was outstanding in midfield while up front Niall O Loughlin, Podge Flynn and Mark Gahan were best. Team; Sean Murphy, Liam Gahan(B), Stephen Murphy, Niall O Reilly, Dean Fenlon(0-1), Mick Sweeney, Damien Fenlon(0-1), Larry Murphy, Colm O Loughlin, Niall O Loughlin(0-9,6 frees), Podge Flynn(2-2), Peter Mernagh(0-1), Bertie Gahan(0-2), Mark Gahan(1-1). Subs; Mark Walsh for B Gahan, Matty Dunne for D Fenlon, Shane Kehoe(0-1) for C O Loughlin, Brian O Loughlin for N O Loughlin, Sean McCabe for C Daly.
A hard earned win for our third team completed a great opening round weekend of hurling action with all teams securing maximum points. Conditions were excellent in Farmleigh as our lads won with the help of a late wonder goal from William Murphy as he stole in behind the home sides defence to send a left hand rocket of a shot to the top right hand corner of the net. The goal was crucial as it changed the course of this game as Marshalstown looked the likely winners at that time in the game. Late points from Robbie Donnelly and his uncles Ed and Morgan Rowesome eventually put daylight between the teams. Best on the day were Adam Dunne in goal, Dec Kelly and Barry Miller in the backs, James Donohoe at midfield with Ed Rowesome, Tomas O Leary and Robbie Donnelly the pick of the fowards. Team; Adam Dunne, Murt Sweeney, Barry Miller, Keith Swaine, Podge Stafford, Dec Kelly, Colin Hawkins,Micheal Stafford, James Donohoe, Ed Rowesome(0-7), Tomas O Leary(0-1), Robbie Donnelly(0-1), Morgan Rowesome(0-1), Micheal Somers, Ciaran Fenlon(0-1). Sub; William Murphy(1-0) for M Somers.
Our Junior hurlers made a winning start to their All County League campaign on Sunday last with a hard earned win over a highly rated Gusserane team. Playing with wind advantage in the first half we turned over leading by a single point 0-5 to 0-4 with most of the scores from placed balls in what was a rather poor 30 minutes of hurling. Our boys improved considerably in the second half and when James Gahan flashed home the first goal we proceeded to dominate right to the finish. Bryan Dwyer grabbed another 1-2 and a fine goal by Patrick Walsh after a great James Gahan pass wrapped up the points. Best on the day were Chris Daly and James Donohoe who had a fine game at wing back, Damien Fenlon had an excellent game in midfield while up front James Gahan and Bryan Dwyer were best. Laurence Murphy when introduced also excelled. Team; Morgan Gahan, Denis Walsh, Ray O Brien, Sean Doran, James Donohoe, Chris Daly, Sean McCabe, Damien Fenlon, Patrick Walsh(1-0), Colm O Loughlin(0-1), David Breen, Ed Rowesome(0-3 frees), Adrian O Dowd(0-1), Bryan Dwyer(1-3), JamesGahan(1-0). Subs; Conal Nolan for R O Brien, Larry Murphy(0-1) for Ed Rowesome and Diarmuid Fenlon for Adrian O Dowd.
Our intermediate hurlers began their league campaign with a comprehensive 11 point win on Saturday last in Monageer. Scoring was slow for the first quarter but the home side finish the half strongly to lead by 1-9 to 0-5 at half time, with Bertie Gahan scoring the goal. The second half was all one way traffic as Monageer/Boolavogue pulled clear with further goals from Podge Flynn, Peter Mernagh and Larry Murphy in what was a decent display all round. Best on the day were Mick Sweeney and the excellent Chris Daly in defence, Larry Murphy in midfield and up front Peter Mernagh and Bertie Gahan and Niall O Loughlin were impressive. Team; Sean Murphy, Liam Gahan(Monageer), Stephen Murphy, Sean McCabe, Dean Fenlon, Chris Daly, Mick Sweeney, Damien Fenlon(0-1), Larry Murphy(1-1), Podge Flynn(1-0), Niall O Loughlin(0-6,4 frees), Colm O Loughlin, James Gahan(0-1), Bertie Gahan(1-2), Peter Mernagh(1-4) Subs; Liam Gahan(Boolavogue) for L Gahan, Mark Gahan for C O Loughlin, Matty Dunne(0-1) for Damien Fenlon, David Breen for J Gahan, Ray O Brien for S McCabe.
Our Intermediate hurlers gave a fine display in dreadful conditions in Camolin on Saturday evening last to guarantee a place in the last eight of the championship. Leading at half time by 1-8 to 0-8 having played with the strong wind in the first half with Padraig Flynn scoring 0-3 and Bertie Gahan scoring the goal. The second half was all one way traffic as our lads upped their game to clinically pull away with James Gahan and John Ivory netting the goals and Bertie Gahan adding to his tally to finish with 1-7. With several players still to return from injury, honeymoon etc, competition for places will be healthy and training matches should be lively. Best on the day were Sean Murphy in goal, who kept another clean sheet and Mick Sweeney, Patrick Breen and the outstanding Niall O Reilly in defence with Padraig Flynn and Shane Kehoe dominant in midfield, while up front Bertie Gahan and John Ivory and the hard working Brian O Loughlin were best. Team; Sean Murphy, Ray O Brien, Chris Daly, Mick Sweeney, Niall O Reilly Patrick Breen, Dean Fenlon, Padraig Flynn(0-3,1 free), Shane Kehoe(0-1), Colm O Loughlin(0-1), Brian O Loughlin, Bryan Dwyer(0-1), James Gahan(1-0), Bertie Gahan(1-7,3 frees), John Ivory(1-2).
Our Junior hurlers produced their best display of the championship in defeating Bannow/Ballymitty in St Patricks Park on Friday evening last to keep their hopes of a quarter final place alive. Defeat would have ended their championship hopes and a relegation battle was on the horizon. We showed great spirit all over the field and with led at half time by 1-5 to 0-4 with John O Loughlin getting a superb goal and Ed Rowesome and Mark Gahan accounting for the points. Bannow scored a goal at the start of the second half but our men scored the next 6 points to pull away and were never likely to be caught and were not flattered by their 5 point winning margin. A win in the final group game against Davidstown should ensure a place in the last 8. Morgan Gahan was very sound in goal, while in a strong defence, Denis Walsh and Dean Fenlon and team captain Sean Doran excelled, Larry Murphy and Foster Lacey bossed midfield with great help from James Sweeney who caused endless problems for Bannow in a third midfielder role. Up front John O Loughlin and in particular Mark Gahan tormented Bannow throughout. Team, Morgan Gahan, Sean Doran, Daire Turner, Declan Kelly, Denis Walsh, Dean Fenlon, Sean McCabe, Larry Murphy, Foster Lacey, Ed Rowesome(0-8 frees), David Breen, Patrick Walsh, Mark Gahan(0-3), John O Loughlin(1-1), James Sweeney. Subs; James Donohoe for P Walsh, Shane Gahan for J Sweeney, Niall Finn for J O Loughlin.
Our junior hurlers made the trip to Parc Charman on Sunday and were unlucky to suffer defeat in a well contested game. With wind advantage in the opening half we led at half time by 1-8 to 1-3 having dominated proceedings, with David Breen getting the goal. Our fowards also created another three clear goal chances but they were all missed and it left the Harriers in a game that should have been wrapped up. The second half proved more difficult against the strong wind and the Harriers eventually went ahead with 10 minutes left. Niall O’Loughlin then scored a great goal, but the Harriers went ahead again with time running out. David Breen won a free in with time up, but unfortunately Ed Rowesome’s could not find the range with the last puck of the game from 70 metres, for what would have been a deserved draw. Best on the day were Conal Nolan, Sean McCabe, Paddy Walsh in defence, Foster Lacey and Larry Murphy held sway in midfield and up front David Breen and Niall O’Loughlin were best. Team; Morgan Gahan, Sean Doran, Daire Turner, Declan Kelly, Patrick Walsh, Conal Nolan, Sean McCabe, Larry Murphy(0-2), Foster Lacey(0-1), Ed Rowesome(0-5 frees), Brian O’Loughlin(0-1), Niall O’Loughlin(1-1), James Sweeney, David Breen(1-0), Niall Finn. Subs; Denis Walsh for C Nolan, Sean Roche for J Sweeney, James Donohoe for N Finn, Niall finn for B O’Loughlin.
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.