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More Late Heartbreak for Hurlers in Championship

Hurlers v Naomh Olaf 08042018 (2)Sun 08 Apr 2018 - The St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, went into their first Junior C Championship game, having been inactive for the whole of March, with the League encounter against Round Towers Lusk called off on March 11th. Naomh Olaf were the visitors who were informed, after leaving Sandyford after 9.30am that the game was switched from Grangegorman to Longmeadows.

This writer arrived 10 minutes into the first half with St Brendan’s leading 0-03 to 0-01, and witnessed Shane Foley drive a low shot into the net for a 1-03 to 0-01 lead. Olaf’s got their second and Oisin Carley turned over a stray Olaf’s pass to hit a point to make it 1-04 to 0-02. Another point followed, scored by Darren Callanan and Olaf’s notched up their third point from a free in.

Olaf’s were penalised for picking the ball of the ground and Oisin Carley cheekily tried to gain a few meters, the referee told Carley to go back four meters and take the free which fell short but deflected over for a 65, which the Wexican converted.

The score become 1-07 to 0-03, when Vincent O’Flynn passed to Oisin Carley who flicked the ball to Trevor Purtill whose 55 meter shot went over the bar. The lead increased to 8 points when a great catch from Carley and a flick the slioter to Paul Lynch who passed to Lorcan Allen for the score.

Ritchie Barry ensured the 8 point half time lead with a tremendous save, Mark Kinsella emerged with the slioter from a scramble and pucked it out but over the side-line. Olaf’s side-line cut went wide.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-08 to 0-03 Naomh Olaf


The Sandyford side hit the ground running in the second half with a brace of points. Eric Shadowens made it a 7 point game when his intended pass to Lorcan Allen. Another Olaf’s brace was struck to make it 1-09 to 0-07. Mark Kinsella broke through a challenge but took a heavy shoulder as he was making his clearance, the slioter loosened from his grasp and Olaf’s produced a rasping shot over the bar 1-09 to 0-08.

The Dark Force were back on the board after Purtill won an Olaf’s puckout passed to Carley and onto Foley, and Ballincollig’s finest made a good solo run and shot over the bar. Another brace followed by the away side, the second of which was a free in. 1-10 to 0-10.

However Olaf’s threw the ball instead of hand passing and this gave St Brendan’s some breathing space, Shane Foley stepped up and converted the free in to make it a four point game with seven regular minutes to go.

Olaf’s tails were up as St Brendan’s began to run out of gas and this showed when Olaf’s hit another brace to put two between the sides, 1-11 to 0-12. Conor Browne did his best to hook his marker and the shot was saved by Ritchie Barry, only for the slioter to come back to the Olaf’s forward who made no mistake the second time round with a goal and the lead for Naomh Olaf.

Oisin Carley now had a chance to equalise the game in injury time, but his shot went wide. Then the inevitable happened. Naomh Olaf scored a second goal to settle the outcome as Cian Walsh threw his notebook to the ground in utter dejection.

The game petered out and it was Naomh Olaf with two Championship points to bring back to Sandyford. Bitter disappointment for St Brendan’s who must dust themselves down ahead of the next Championship game away to The Civil Service in two weeks time.


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 1-11 to 2-12 Naomh Olaf.

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