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Darren Callanan gives Hurlers 2019 Season the best start

Hurlers v Naomh Barrog 24022019 (31)GSun 24th Feb 2019 - For the 2019 season opener, The St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, travelled to Páirc Barróg in Kilbarrack to face Naomh Barróg, who hit two late goals to win the corresponding fixture last year. The Dark Force welcomed Oisin Carley back, after he returned from a working stint in Canada.

There was no score in the opening ten minutes, with Carley and Paul Lynch hitting wides for the visitors and two wides being hit for the home side. Eventually the opening score came, thanks to Vincent O’Flynn who emerged with the slioter following a scramble. The lead was doubled thanks to Conor Browne after a pass from Darren ‘The White Feather’ Callanan.

The Brendan’s backs were busy defending with Clive Kennedy and Sean ‘The Dream Maker’ Dardis ensuring that the goalkeeper this afternoon, Rory Tynan wasn’t troubled after he batted down a Barróg score attempt. The lead became three points thanks to Shane Foley with the free in after Lynch was chopped down when passing to Ballincolligs Finest.
Another Barróg attack was thwarted by Vincent O’Flynn and cleared by debutant corner back Colm ‘The Rolling Stone’ Moss. The lead become four points after Paul Lynch intercepted a Barróg clearance and took the shot himself and placed it over the black spot. Eric Shadowens picked up a knock when defending and was replaced by Aidan Melia

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Two minutes to go in the first half and St Brendan’s made it five points to no score thanks to Foley after another turnover this time by Eanna Larkin. The home side came close to shattering Rory Tynan’s bid for a first half clean sheet when the forward had a chance to score after a missed clearance, but under heavy pressure from Tynan, he hit his shot into the side netting. Relief for Tynan and St Brendan’s in a rare first half shutout.

 

Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 0-00 Naomh Barróg

 

There was great skill on display in the second half when Vincent O’Flynn, batted down the slioter, whilst in mid-flight, to Eanna Larkin who found Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon who tapped over the bar for a six-point lead. The Home side finally managed to get their opening score from a 40 meter free in. Indeed, Naomh Barróg would hit a further three points and could have been more, with wind advantage, but Sean ‘The Dream Maker’ Dardis deflected a goal bound shot out for a 65, which subsequently went wide.

After a lull, St Brendan’s were back on the board with a Browne 65, after a shot from Muldoon was saved. 15 minutes to go and Muldoon had to settle for a point instead of a goal after two Barróg players made their presence felt in defence. Seconds later Muldoon had a shot from 30 meters, which, against the wind, which fell short.
Naomh Barróg made things interesting when a free in from 75 meters fell short and a wild swing of the hurl managed to connect and beat Tynan for a goal. Would it be a heart-breaking defeat?

Not with Shane Foley on the pitch, who responded well with a great point after a forced turnover by Clive Kennedy. After good pressure on the puckout, Larkin played the ball to Muldoon and onto Darren ‘The White Feather’ Callanan and the Galwayman pucked a low shot and into the net to stretch the lead again.

Barróg tried to respond but the forwards adrenalin got the better of him and he shot wide. Scores were at a premium with another Barróg shot going wide and Rory Tynan taking time to decide which hurl to use for the next puckout.
Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon bid to raise the green flag in Kilbarrack ended when a shot he took was half blocked down and he was injured in the process. Damien Daly came on for the final minute as St Brendan’s held onto victory.

The Dark Force get a first win in the 2019 season at the first attempt, the first opening game win for the team since the 2013 season. Tremendous victory all round but lets hope Gavin Muldoon and Eric Shadowens are okay and fit for the second game of the season against Na Gaeil Óga on March 10th.

 

Final Score from Páirc Barróg Kilbarrack: St Brendans 1-09 (12) to 1-04(07) Naomh Barróg

 

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