Junior Hurling H Championship: Group 2
Geraldine Moran’s 4-12
Na Gaeil Óga 1-7
THE Ballyogan pitch is on excessive floor. There was a nip within the night air. “Even on the most popular day, there’s all the time a breeze up right here,” revealed one of many devoted.
The floor was arduous. The sliotar was bouncing excessive on this fulfilling Go-Forward Junior Hurling Championship H Group 2 contest.
The Luas hums by the venue. The Dublin Mountains look down. The chime of the ice-cream van known as the youngsters from the dinner desk.
The guests enhanced the surroundings. With their stunning, native tongue. The 2 nice pillars of Geraldine Moran’s had been current – Austin Hynes and Andy Gibbons.
The pitch right here is larger than Moran’s compact, cosy Cornelscourt theatre. Tommy Clinton coated each yard. It was his first sport again after damage. His nephew, Josh Bannon, is the proficient younger St Sylvester’s and Dublin footballer.
Na Gaeil Óga defeated the Garda of their first match. And so they heard consoling phrases right here on the finish of the match as the house captain, Darren Lawlor, wished them properly.
Na Gaeil Óga had Oísín McCann in the quantity 3 jersey, however he had an entry to all areas cross. He clipped in with three factors. Two of them had been elegant efforts from play.
He’s additionally on the administration staff. “The gamers left all of it on the market,” he remarked.
The hosts led by 1-8 to 0-3 on the break. There was an actual trade to their play. They used the ball properly. They stored the again door bolted and the engine working.
“This was our first sport within the Championship, and it was nice to start out off with a win,” famous Colm Kennedy. “There was some high quality hurling performed on the market.”
The Gers had been denied two extra objectives by goalkeeper Daithí Mac Suibhne, who foiled Darragh McEnery and Richie Barrett.
But not even Alan Nolan or Seán Brennan would have prevented the opening aim on 12 minutes. Geraldine Moran’s had been attacking the Carrickmines finish.
A protracted supply got here by the air. Seán Gibney watched its each spin. He waited for it to bounce up off the turf and he met it, first-time, with probably the most scrumptious volley. He additionally hit the bar.
Their second aim arrived halfway by the second interval. Ciarán Carey lower in from the proper and drilled a shot into the attic. Ciarán additionally struck one of many best factors of the hour, late on.
However Na Gaeil Óga then received a aim that their toil deserved – a agency strike from a free by Seán Quinn.
The Ger’s response was fast, producing the most effective aim of the sport. A quick, sweeping transfer that noticed Tiernan Doyle play a neat cross to McEnery. He slipped the ball throughout for Barrett to bat to the online.
And in injury-time, the good Barrett was to get his second aim. Setting himself up with a velvet first contact earlier than he received out the black and decker.
SCORERS – GERALDINE MORAN’S: S Gibney 1-5 (2 65’s, 2 f’s); R Barrett 2-1; C Carey 1-1; D McEnery 0-2; L Connery, S Hogan, T Doyle 0-1 every. NA GAEIL ÓGA: S Quinn 1-0; O McCann 0-3 (1f); P Taylor (1f) 0-2; E Ó Lordáin, T de Paor 0-1 every.
GERALDINE MORAN’S: G Nolan; S Hussey, R McMahon, F McCarthy; L Connery, D Lawlor, P Murphy; PJ Foley, C Carey; S Hogan, I Glynn, T Doyle; D McEnery, R Barrett, S Gibney. SUBS: D Hussey, Okay O’Callaghan, B Holmes, R Shakespeare.
NA GAEIL ÓGA: D Mac Suibhne; P Ó Raghallaigh, O McCann, L Leahy; E O’Hare, D Ó Ceallaigh, N Barrett; E Ó Lordáin, Okay Silkie; T de Paor, P Taylor, Okay Barry; C Ó hIrille, S Quinn, E Mannion. SUBS: R Fallon, L Ó Riada, J Magazine Fhinn.
MENTORS – GERALDINE MORAN’S: F Holland, C Kennedy. NA GAEIL ÓGA: O McCann, E Ó Loirdáin, C Crowther.
REF: T Clinton (Croi Ro Naofa).
WIDES – GERALDINE MORAN’S: 13 (7+6); NA GAEIL ÓGA: 11 (7+4).
CONDITIONS: Dry. Breezy.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Richie Barrett (Geraldine Moran’s).