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All is not yet lost for St Brendan’s Hurlers

Thurs 30th July 2020 – After the loss against Round Towers Clondalkin 11 days ago, the St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, went into the Round 2 of the Junior D Championship against St Brigid’s in a good frame of mind with 20 togged out and raring to go.

It was the home side, already with a win in the Championship under their belts against St Patrick’s Donabate, with the opening score after 5 minutes. The Dark Force responded will when an Oisin Carley turnover found Sean ‘The Pretty Boy’ Whyte, who played a very clever flick pass to Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon for the equalising score.

St Brigid’s opened a two-point lead with a brace, the second of which came from a free in. Ciaran Ludden from 40 meters after a foul on Muldoon after winning Richie Barry’s puck out. Another brace from Brigid’s followed, another Muldoon catch from a Barry puckout followed and after great encouragement from Aidan Melia, The Goal Getter had to settle for a point. Ludden had a chance to put one between the sides after Paul Lynch was pushed in the back after winning a Brigid’s puck out, but the pickup went awry, and the shot went wide.

Richie Barry played a short puck out to Padraig Pratt who went on a solo run and played the sliotar to Paul Lynch and continued his run, Lynch played the ball to Muldoon, there was a loose ball which Pratt won back, and passed to Eric Shadowens, who saw his shot saved for a 65, which Oisin Carley converted to make it 0-7 to 0-4 going into the first half water break.

Brigid’s started the play after the water break quite well when winning a Barry puckout, was worked up and Barry was beaten for goal 1-8 to 0-4. But St Brendan’s responded well with a Ciaran Ludden point from play after Sean Martyn won a turnover.

The Wexican Carley played a diagonal ball to Shane Muldoon who then found Whyte and the Pretty Boy made it a brace for Brendan’s with a good point. Indeed, Whyte would make it a personal brace with another point from play following good work from Trevor Purtill. You could say that St Brendan’s have fully recovered when Eanna Larkin won a turnover, played the ball to Purtill and onto Gavin Muldoon who drew the foul. Up stepped Carley with the free in pointed and the referee blew for half time as soon the sliotar sailed between the points and a three point lead for the home side, 1-8 to 0-8.

In the second half, it looks like the game was drifting away from The Dark Force with an injury to Trevor Purtill, replaced by Dave Lowry, and Sean Martyn was giving a red card for what looked like “mouthing” and St Brigid’s hit a brace of points inside 5 minutes. However, Ciaran Ludden pointed a free in after Eric Shadowens dragged back when in a good position.

But it turned out to be a good substitution because Lowry was in a good place to collect the blocked shot of Muldoon, and elegantly tap the ball over the bar, but St Brigid’s lead by six points (2-13 to 1-10) going into the second half water break.

Last Sunday at Wanderers, there was five unused bottles of Lucozade Sport after the second half water break in the Football 2nd XV match. Aidan Melia decided to bring these bottles home and bring them to Tom Russell Park this Thursday night for the second half water break. Gavin Muldoon consumed whole bottle of Lucozade Sport in one full swoop and it had the desired effect on the Goal Getter after a Turnover from Oisin Carley to Muldoon who put all his might into his shot and scored the goal he craved, 1-13 to 1-10, Game On!

Unfortunately, not for long! A long shot was about to be caught by Richie Barry, I will give Barry the benefit of the doubt because the sliotar was lost in the sun, but the sliotar bounced off the palm of his hand and falling to a Brigid’s player who was gifted the easiest of goals to settle the outcome.

The goal deflated St Brendan’s big time as St Brigid’s scored six points on the spin. Richie Barry did redeem himself by keeping his goal line intact with a string of saves and clearances by Noel Lane and Alan Walsh. But a twelve-point loss was the result at the end of the evening.

Despite two Championship defeats, St Brendan’s Hurlers still have an outside chance of making it to the Championship Quarter Finals with 8 of the 12 teams to qualify. Victory over St Patricks’ Donabate on August 9th is a must, then we will wait and see about the other results in the other two groups, so all is not lost yet.

Final Score from Tom Russell Park, St Brigid’s 2-19  to  1-10 St Brendan’s

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