Glenstal’s hurling collaboration visited Croom on Tuesday, April 28th, to challenge Coláiste Chiaráin. The wetter and windier conditions combined with a more physical and skilled Croom side meant Glenstal finished 10 points behind in the finish but Croom didn’t have it all their own way.
In the opening minutes, it was an even battle with both teams exchanging attacks. Croom converted two points while Glenstal converted one from the strike of half back Darragh Butler. Despite playing against the wind, Croom established themselves in the Glenstal half where their radar’s seldom let them down with a rally of points leaving the score at 0-6 to 0-1. Glenstal were in need of some scores and Tim Murphy obliged. He scored two points, the first of which was the pick of the two. Good work from Jack Rooney, Darragh Hanly and Charlie Farrell turned over possession. Jack Rooney played the ball down the line where Tim Murphy gathered possession and scored on the run from the left hand side of the goals. Croom answered the Adare man’s score with a goal and point before Cian O’Farrell, from a placed ball, finished the half’s scoring leaving Glenstal trailing. The score was 1-7 to 0-4.
Having played with the wind in the first half and some chances missed, Glenstal faced an uphill battle. An early score from Croom was replied to by the stick of Aidan Booth. Croom were applying huge pressure when counter attacking and it seemed inevitable that they would rattle the Glenstal net once more. Saves from Marcus Esmonde, and Seán Carey, denied two certain goals but Croom’s number eleven stuck his next shot into the top corner with aplomb. Glenstal dominated the remainder of proceedings and had many chances to narrow the deficit. Glenstal were encouraged to go for goals in an attempt to turn the tide. A number of frees were lobbed into the square but never found their way to the net as the Croom defence repelled the Glenstal efforts. Aidan Booth was awarded a penalty when he was dragged in the square. Jack Rooney struck but it was saved well by the Croom goalkeeper. Cian O’Farrell completed the scoring with a free to leave the final score at 2-10 to 0-6.
Glenstal Abbey School 0-6 (6) – Coláíste Chiaráin 2-10 (16)
Panel: Aidan Booth, Andrew Breslin, Darragh Butler, Seán Carey, Darragh Hanly, Denis Hayes, Donagh Hyland, Art Keane, Robert McAleese, Tim Murphy, Cian O’Farrell, Henry Farrell, Tim Hyde, Jonathan Doocey, Conor Kennedy, Conor Butler, Caolan Dooley, Marcus Esmonde, Charlie Farrell, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Jack Rooney, Matthew Lynch, Scott MacKeown, Bill Fitzgerald