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U-12 Hurling League Group 1 "C" Final: Ballinkillen v Naomh Brid

posted 22 Sep 2013, 03:42 by Unknown user   [ updated 25 Sep 2013, 13:26 ]
21st September 2013

Ballinillen 4-12 Naomh Brid 4-1

Ballinkillen got off to an impressive start in this game with Jack Treacy and Jack McLoughlin going well in mid-field and Eoin Whelan and Louis Brennan making hay on the full forward line. Louis Brennan claimed 1-1 in the first 4 minutes, followed by a sweet goal for Ballinkillen from the stick of Patrick Kavanagh on 6 minutes. Eoin Whelan pointed 3 in a row before Naomh Brid's tall midfielder, Luke Kelly, got his team off the mark with a fine point from a placed ball. Another Louis Brennan point was followed by Eoin Whelan's goal to leave the half-time score 3-5 to 0-1.

Naomh Brid put in a determined effort in the second half and outscored Ballinkillen 4-0 to 1-7. Louis Brennan and Jack Treacy pointed in the first minute. Louis goaled again on 5 minutes, but was held scoreless for the rest of the game, Ballinkillen's remaining points coming from Eoin Whelan (0-3), Jack Treacy (0-1) and Mark Foley (0-1).
But the story of the second half was Jack O'Brien's 4 goals from play for Naomh Brid who started to gain more posession at mid-field with Jason Daly and Luke Kelly coming more into the game and feeding the hungry O'Brien. Ballinkillen struggled to contain the strong running O'Brien who was a goal threat whenever he had the sliotar in his hand. Had the half-time score been closer Ballinkillen would have been in trouble, despite continuing to play well up front themselves.

Colin Byrne was outstanding again in the Ballinkillen defence - always a safe bet under the dropping ball. Sean Smithers put in great work on the Ballinkillen half-forward line as did Aaron Lennon Corcoran on the half-back line before he was forced off with injury.

Best for a brave and tenacious Naomh Brid team were Jack O'Brien, Jason Daly and Luke Kelly.

Ballinkillen: Conor Tracey, Thomas O'Donoghue, Colin Byrne, Aaron Lennon Corcoran, James Cummins, Jack McLoughlin, Jack Treacy(0-2), Patrick Kavanagh(1-0), Sean Smithers, Eoin Whelan(1-6), Louis Brennan(2-3), Mark Foley(0-1), Cian Delaney, Jack Ryan, Eric English

Naomh Brid: Jamie Doyle, Sean Nolan, David Watkins, Jason Daly, Luke Kelly(0-1), Fiach O'Byrne, Ben McDonald, Geoffrey Doran,Tommy Cummins, Fiach O'Toole, Kieran Collins, Lorcan Galvin, Dylan Delaney, Donal Dundon, Jack O'Leary, Daniel Barron, Sean Raftery, Charlie Ashmore, Angus Wenman, Jack O'Brien(4-0)