It was time for the U14 school’s hurling championship and the first group game was contested in the Na Piarsaigh GAA grounds between Glenstal Abbey School and Ard Scoil Rís ‘C’.
Glenstal settled into the game well with some early pressure placed on the Ard Scoil Rís backs. Darragh Hanly opened the scoring with a strike from play which was followed by a Darragh Butler double. First, a free and then a long range effort from play. The wind was across the field and didn’t necessarily favour either side. Glenstal hit some wides and it was now Ard Scoil Rís’ turn to apply the pressure. Fortunately for Glenstal, the two goal mouth scrambles ended fruitless for Ard Scoil Rís. Aidan Booth tacked on a score for Glenstal to make the score 0-4 to 0-0. It looked for a moment that Glenstal had a goal bagged but referee, Martin O’Doherty, awarded a free out following the long range strike by Darragh Hanly. A square ball was deemed to be the offense. The radar was back on track for Glenstal, Darragh Butler and Tim Murphy finished the half’s scoring with Glenstal six points up.
The second half saw Glenstal begin strongly with scores from Aidan Booth and Tim Murphy stretching the lead. It looked inevitable that Glenstal would rattle the Ard Scoil Rís net, but the Ard Scoil Rís keeper was equal to any efforts made to beat him. When Ard Scoil Rís were awarded a free on the 21 metre line, they saw an opportunity to begin a come back. The free, which had to be pulled on when risen incorrectly, found its way to another Ard Scoil Rís player who finished sweetly to the top corner of the net leaving net minder, Ruáirí Woodcock, with no chance. Another goal mouth scramble followed and it looked like Ard Scoil Rís could come back into the game. This time, Ruáirí Woodcock, with the help of his defenders, emerged with the sliotar and relieved the pressure with a fine clearance.
Darragh Butler, Darragh Hanly, William Twomey and Aidan Booth were dominating proceedings around the middle of the park. Seán Carey and Donagh Hyland, either side of Darragh Butler, repelled any Ard Scoil Rís attacks with solid defending. A fine long range strike from Darragh Butler sailed between the posts before Tim Murphy completed the game’s scoring with his third point. The final whistle followed shortly after and both teams congratulated one another on their performances.
Final Score: Glenstal Abbey School 0-10 (10)
Ard Scoil Rís ‘C’ 1-0 (3)
Panel: Aidan Booth, Andrew Breslin, Daragh Butler, Seán Carey, Jonathan Doocey, David G. Troncoso, Darragh Hanly, Denis Hayes, Tim Hyde, Donagh Hyland, Art Keane, Mark Kelly, Robert McAleese, Tim Murphy, Cian O’Farrell, Harry Swan, William Twomey, Ruáirí Woodcock, Marcus Esmonde and J.D O’Dea