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Quarter final defeat for Glenstal in U16.5 hurling

img_6238-copyFriday 23rd September

Glenstal’s first GAA competitive action of the 2016/2017 year saw them play Coláiste Chiaráin (Croom) in Murroe GAA grounds. Tight opening exchanges saw very little scoring opportunities being created for either side. After both teams got some initial ‘rusty’ hurling out of their system, Glenstal, aided by a breeze, got the first of ten goals in this encounter. Some excellent work by Tim Murphy, Muiris Bulaeir, Aidan Booth & Will Twomey put Cormac Frawley through the middle. From 25 metres, Frawley blasted the sliotar into the net. Glenstal had much of the better play in the first half but Coláiste Chiaráin were beginning to create many chances at the other end. Very good defending by Adam White, Niall Queally and Denis Hayes ensured Glenstal remained on top. That was until a weaving run allowed Coláiste Chiaráin to shoot into the corner of the net to tie the game.

 

Ruáirí Woodcock denied Coláiste Chiaráin many more times in the first half with some brave goalkeeping and this allowed Glenstal to take the lead again. A long range free from Cian O’Farrell was diverted to the net and Glenstal led, 2-0 to 1-0. Tim Murphy added two points to Glenstal’s tally before Will Twomey added one of his own. Coláiste Chiaráin hit the Glenstal net again to keep only a score between the teams. Cian O’Farrell rounded off the half’s scoring with a fine point off his left side to leave Glenstal four points to the good. Half time: 2-4 to 2-0.

 

Glenstal’s attitude and effort had to be commended but in the second half, now playing with the breeze, Coláiste Chiaráin assumed control. Two early goals quickly turned Glenstal’s lead into a two point deficit. Further points for Coláiste Chiaráin saw their confidence and their lead soar. Cian O’Farrell was working industriously and scored a point to stop the onslaught. Donagh Hyland, Darragh Hanly and Ruáirí Woodcock, now playing out the field, were all impressive for Glenstal in an attempt to turn the tide as time drew near the end. Aidan Booth rattled the net with a few minutes to go but it wasn’t enough to dent the lead built up by Coláiste Chiaráin. Glenstal played well in this encounter it must be said. Conor Clancy plucked a sliotar from the clouds but a dogged Coláiste Chiaráin defence forced him away from goals. Matthew Lynch, on the ball, was driving Coláiste Chiaráin players out of the Glenstal goal area. Glenstal will be back another day but for this competition this year, it’s curtains. Final score: 7-7 to 3-5.

 

 

Panel: Harry Benner, Matthew Lynch, Conor Clancy, Niall Queally, Marcus Esmonde, Muiris Bulaeir, Timothy Murphy, Seán Carey, Robert McAleese, Denis Hayes, Cian O’Farrell, Darragh Hanly, Donagh Hyland, Ruairí Woodcock, Aidan Booth, Cormac Frawley, William Twomey, Adam White, Patrick Johnson
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