An eleven county compilation of aspiring First and Second year Glenstal hurlers set off to Na Piarsaigh GAA grounds in Limerick last Tuesday to play Gaelcholáiste in a hurling challenge game. The participation of twenty-five players in the fixture was an achievement in itself with the standard of the team’s play not being affected at any time.
Glenstal settled into the game quickly, establishing themselves in the Gaelcholáiste half regularly in the opening minutes. Captain fantastic, Marcus Esmonde, was leading by example with ferocious defending and relieving clearances. The good work of the back seven provided some opportunities up front. A few early misses were accounted for when a long range effort from Cian O’Farrell found its way to the net after, full forward, Tiernan Ryan placed pressure on the goalkeeper. Two goals for Gaelcholáiste took the sting out of the Glenstal attack somewhat but a goal from the dangerously quick Aidan Booth kept the game a tight affair. At half time, Gaelcholáiste were ahead by the minimum margin. The score line read 3-0 to 2-2. An excellent 65 yard effort pointed by Cian O’Farrell and a point from open play by Jack Rooney making up Glenstal’s score line.
In the second half, Glenstal kept their good attitude and hard work going. An early Gaelcholáiste goal was responded to by a superb Tim Murphy point. Tim Murphy added another point to his tally before netting a goal for Glenstal shortly after. Further scores were needed as Gaelcholáiste were proving very capable of scoring goals. Eoghan Fitzgerald in goals was kept busy making numerous saves including a fine stop from a 21 yard rasper. Darragh Hanly scored a point before William Twomey scored a goal with a ground strike of the ball. Three white flags were raised by the efforts of Cian O’Farrell, another fine 65, a free and one from play brought his personal tally to 1-4, but crucially, put Glenstal into a safer lead. Referee, Eamonn Phelan, blew the full time whistle with victory going to the red and grey men of Glenstal.
All the panel members contributed excellently in what became a historic and thoroughly enjoyable win for Glenstal Abbey School hurling. Many thanks are extended to the school for facilitating our participation in this event.
Glenstal Abbey School 4-8 (20) – Gaelcholáiste 5-2 (17)
Panel: Aidan Booth, Andrew Breslin, Daragh Butler, Seán Carey, Darragh Hanly, Denis Hayes, Donagh Hyland, Art Keane, Mark Kelly, Robert McAleese, Tim Murphy, Cian O’Farrell, William Twomey, Conor Kennedy, Conor Butler, Caolan Dooley, Marcus Esmonde, Charlie Farrell, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Jack Rooney, J.D O’Dea, Tiernan Ryan, Matthew Lynch, Scott MacKeown, Bill Fitzgerald