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Young Hurlers Success, as Adults see Heartbreak in Grangegorman Return

Hurlers v Naomh Barrog 25022018 (7)Sun 25 Feb 2018 Last Sunday, The St Brendan’s Football 1st team played in their home ground of Grangegorman for the first time since October 2013. This Sunday it was the turn of the St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, the Luas operators, to face Naomh Barrog in the opening match of 2018 AHL7 season.

On Sat 24th, history was made when the St Brendan’s Juveniles, sponsored by Centra Stoneybatter, fielded an Under 8 Hurling team for the first time, with Setanta the first opposition. A momentous occasion witnessed by Juvenile Officer Malachi Doyle to secure the long-term future of the small ball game within the club.

As for the Hurlers of today, it was a slow start to the game with both teams opening efforts going wide with Oisin Carley missing a free in for The Dark Force, Also Lorcan O’Toole had a shot that went wide. It was the men from Kilbarrack that got the opening score. Naomh Barrog also hit a point from their next attack despite the best efforts from Damien Daly and Vincent O’Flynn.

St Brendan’s got back into the game thanks to a goal from Paul Lynch when a long range free out from Trevor Purtill was caught by O’Toole and passed onto Paul Lynch whose low shot went into the net. With the next attack, Eddie Hearne saw his shot go wide.

Another Barrog point followed to make it 0-03 to 1-00. The Dark Force were inches away from a second goal when Ger Power saw his goal bound shot cleared if the line, the slioter was turned-over and a resulted in a third point for Naomh Barrog on the other side.

A free-in from Noel Lane, after Carley was fouled fell short and was cleared. Ritchie Barry produced a super save to keep his side in the game while on the other side Carley had a shot that was parried by the goalkeeper only to be rebounded to Paul Lynch and passed to Shane Muldoon whose shot was saved for a 65, which Carley duly converted to put one between the sides.

St Brendan’s kept Naomh Barrog scoreless for the remainder of the first half despite the away side getting two 65’s and but not convert those opportunities.  A long ball from Purtill found Eric Shadowens who had his jersey tugged, up stepped Carley with the free over the bar, which was the last action of an end to end first half and the home side leading.

 

Half-Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-02 to 0-04 Naomh Barrog

 

Naomh Barrog opened the scoring in the second half with a point from a 65. St Brendan’s increased the lead when a free-in from Carley was dropped short, there was a bit of a scramble but Eric Shadowens used his great Michigan strength to emerge with the slioter and tap it into the net to make it 2-02 to 0-04.

Barrog closed the lead again with a brace of points, the first was a 65 and the second from a free-in. Paul Lynch was involved in a tussle with his marker where Lynch’s headguard was ripped off by his marker, both men were yellow carded. The hop ball was won by Barrog was well worked in for a point 2-02 to 0-07.

St Brendan’s increased the lead again when a shot from Shadowens was hooked but the slioter landed in the feet of Eddie Hearne who made no mistake with a third goal to make it 3-02 to 0-07.

Barrog rallied well and replied with a score of their own. That three point lead became four, when Damien Daly, whose stickwork was improved significantly over the winter, won a turnover and passed the slioter to Aidan Melia and onto Oisin Carley. The Wexican made no mistake from 40 meters out with a point. Carley could have made a five point game but saw another shot go wide.

Instead it was Barrog who chipped away and reduced the deficit with two points from play. Scores were at a premium as the game went into the final couple of minutes with Brendan’s hanging on to the slightest of leads. Barrog were awarded a free-in from 68 meters out which dropped short into the hand of Ritchie Barry who was then bungled into the net resulting in a small shemozzle.

After calming things down, the referee displayed a red card to Ritchie Barry for what he called retaliation, reducing Brendan’s to 14 men and awarded the goal.

Noel Lane stepped into goal for the final two plays but could only watch as Barrog scored an insurance point and then hit a cheeky flick over Lanes head and into the goal to see a 5 point victory for Naomh Barrog.

Understandable dejection for The Dark Force who had the game in their grasp yet let it slip in injury time. Despite the result, some excellent hurling was played and a lot of positives can be built on as the team gear up for the next fixture away to Round Towers Lusk on Sunday 11th March.

 

Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendan’s 3-03 (12) to 2-11 (17) Naomh Barrog

 

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