Glenstal Beaten in Under 14 Hurling Final

U14 Hurling Final

It looked ominous for Glenstal when the team gathered at the refectory for the pre-game snack. Some players were sick, some were injured, some didn’t have their gear and, somewhat of a positive, some allocated their priorities to the upcoming exams rather than Glenstal’s first hurling final. Nonetheless, a panel of 16 players set off for Bruff where Glenstal and Scoil Pól of Kilfinane would contest the Limerick County C Schools competition.

The opening exchanges were tight and it looked like a close encounter was in store. However, to Glenstal’s demise, Scoil Pól began to assert their dominance when the game settled down. They converted four points from as many attacks while Glenstal didn’t manage a score from their attacks in the same period. A crushing blow was dealt when Scoil Pól scored a goal to lead now by seven points. Darragh Butler was initiating many of the Glenstal attacks and Tim Murphy capitalised by scoring a point. That would be Glenstal’s only score of the half as Scoil Pól would show the crowd eaxcatly why they were reigning champions. Scoil Pól scored a massive seven goals and seven points before the referee would sound the half time whistle. Glenstal were down-hearted and dejected at half time as their efforts and desires to make history for Glenstal Abbey School were dissembled by a strong Scoil Pól team.

Renewed enthusiasm from Glenstal saw them open the second half scoring. After an equal reply from Scoil Pól, the impressive Darragh Butler kicked the sliotar past the Scoil Pól keeper and into the net. From the puck out, Glenstal won possession and Darragh Butler launched another effort towards the goal. The keeper prevented his effort but the follow up from Robert McAleese crossed the line for a second Glenstal goal. Scoil Pól composed themselves once more and ensured that no miraculous revival was in the making. Scoil Pól saw to it that they would have the last word as they scored two points to finish the game’s scoring. The final whistle blew and, unfortunately, it will be down to another group of young aspiring hurlers / footballers to bring a Gaelic Games trophy back to Glenstal for the first time. Limerick Schools Games Coordinator, Eoin Ryan, congratulated Glenstal’s efforts and presented the fine piece of silverware to Scoil Pól’s captain.

Final Score: Scoil Pól, Kilfinane 8 – 14 (38)

Glenstal Abbey School 2 – 2 (8)

All the GAA folk among us thank the school for their unquestioned support and investment in helping launch a successful campaign in its own right. Many thanks are extended to the parents who made trips to any of the games in support of their son’s efforts. And finally, huge praise must be given to the Glenstal boys involved in the GAA this year. They conducted themselves excellently both on and off the field and it was thoroughly enjoyable to be associated with them. The school can be proud of these boys.

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, Ruáirí Woodcock and Marcus Esmonde.