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Improved Performance for Hurlers

Hurlers v Round Towers Clondalkin 25062017 (3)Sun 25 Jun 2017 - Things got a little bit better on Sunday for St Brendan’s Hurlers sponsored by the Luas Cross City, as the team debuted their new jerseys for an AHL7 clash away to Round Towers Clondalkin.

However due to injuries, only 14 players were available for this match. One of which was football player Christopher Hand who would bring much steel into the defence. The game was played as a 13 a side match with Ronan Costello making up the substitutes bench.

The game was 8 minutes old when this writer arrived late and was told by one of the umpires that the home side were leading by 1-04 to 0-01. Ritchie Barry attempt for a point fell short but the goalkeeper missed the catch and the slioter went over the end line for a 65 which Shane Foley converted.

Conor Browne played a long ball into Ritchie Barry and he was tackled after delivering the pass. Foley converted the ensuing free. The home side slotted over a brace of points the second of which was played in following a side line cut.

Cian Walsh made a clearance to Conor Browne, Foley received, made a darting solo-run and despite having Ritchie Barry to his right, Ballincollig’s finest took a low shot pass the goalkeeper and into the net. Towers hit three more points but Foley had the final say of the half with another 20 meter free following a foul on Christopher Hand.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-04 to 1-09 Round Towers

 

Towers hit the ground running in the second half by scoring four points in six minutes, the second of which was a 65. Johnny Walsh took a free out to Christopher Hand who found Foley to shoot over the bar 1-13 to 1-05. Ritchie Barry had a chance for a goal following an Eric Shadowens pass, but with has back to goal, Barry could not make the right connection with the hurl and the effort went wide.

Round Towers Clondalkin settled the match with a goal forcing The Dark Force to play catch-up again. Ronan Costello came on as a substitute in place of Jack McCabe/O’Connor and collected Trevor Purtill’s pass to sweep the slioter over the bar. 2-13 to 1-06.

Another Foley free followed after a foul on Hand. That would turn out to be the last score for St Brendan’s as Round Towers Clondalkin emptied their bench and finished strongly, with a number of their subs having roles in the team’s final eight points.

So, another defeat for the St Brendan’s Hurlers, despite a number of good performances.  A very important July awaits The Dark Force with winnable matches coming up in both League & Championship.

 

Full Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-07 to 2-20 Round Towers Clondalkin

 

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