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Noel Lane can’t stop The Setanta Clause

Hurlers v Setanta 10082017 (4)Thursday 10 August 2017 – Following the summer break, The St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by the Luas Cross City, continued their fight to keep their AHL7 status for 2018 with the rearranged fixture away to Setanta in Ballymun.

Noel Lane had the opening effort for The Dark Force but the shot went narrowly wid. Eric Shadowens took a side-line cut found Oisin Carley who slotted over the opening score. However Setanta equalised in their first attack. Lane made it 0-02 to 0-01 with the first free in after a foul on Shadowens, Lane pointed to the sky after the point dedicating it to the late Tony Keady.

Setanta grabbed the game by the neck and scored two quickfire goals in succession, the second of which saw the big Setanta Number 22 puck an ostentatious shot into the square and despite the best efforts of Aonghus Ó Conaire, the slioter was loose and ground stroked into the net. 2-01 to 0-02.

But St Brendans still kept in touch and a long ball by Carley found Declan Kearney and with a marker close, passed to Lane for a goal. The Longford Slasher hit a second free in of the first half after Rory Tynan was dragged back when going for goal.

Setanta woke up in the last eight minutes and despite a shot going wide and into the housing estate behind the goal, hit four points on the spin to lead at half time.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-03(06) to 2-05(11) Setanta

 

Any hope of a comeback were dashed in the opening two minutes of the second half when Setanta beat Stephen Brophy for goal for a third time in an attack which started with a sideline cut. The Setanta goal scorer just stood on the spot where he struck for goal to admire the appreciation from the supporters.

But Noel Lane pegged a point back from a free-in following a push in the back of Declan Kearney after collecting a Ronan Costello pass. Another Lane free-in was scored, this time from a closer range than the previous free after a foul on Trevor Purtill. The third unanswered point came from Rory Tynan after Eric Shadowens emerged with the slioter after a scramble. 3-05(14) to 1-06(09).

After two Setanta wides, Brophy’s was won by Ronan Costello and onto Ger Power whose high ball into the square was connected by the hurl of Noel Lane and one handed scored St Brendan’s second goal of the evening. Purtill had a chance to put Brendans in front but the goalkeeper saved for a 65. Oisin Carley took the 65 which dropped short, came off a Setanta hurl and out for a second 65. Carley again dropped the 65 short but this time it was cleared with Tynan fouling the full back in the process.

Football 2nd team player Padraig Pratt came on as a sub for his first taste of the small ball game in over 10 years and still showed he had the skills by winning a turnover. The turnover ended up with a Trevor Purtill wide.

Like in the 1st half, Setanta woke up from their mid half slumber by hitting six points on the spin to close out the game. Another disappointment for St Brendans who have three matches to go in AHL7.

 

Full Time Score: St Brendans 2-06(12) to 3-11(20) Setanta

 

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