O'Loughlin Gaels 1-27 to 1-18 Ballyhale Shamrocks
Ballyhale were enjoying their visit to St. John's Park with their senior players recognising quality and taking the opportunity to have a light training session on our brilliantly manicured pitches, while their juniors looked content with their four point half time lead. Their contentment was short lived however as the the locals upped their performance in the second half and finished comfortable nine point winners at the final whistle. Alan Geoghegan popped over points for sport and added a well drilled penalty mid way through the second half to set up a comfortable coast to the line. The half back line of Ross Butler Alan O'Brien and Niall Bergin took stock of their line that was rewarded with two fine points from Bergin as they were allowed push forward. Brian Dowling found his scoring radar too, as had ohn Doyle in the first half helping to keep the boys in touching distance during that period when it was going so well.
Management will be satisfied that they got the opportunity to make the changes showing options going forward. It was a nice touch for the start of the year...well done all. Lovely hurling.
Team; D. McCormack, B. Murphy, G. Bryan, A. Cantwell, R. Butler, A. O'Brien, N. Bergin, M. Gibbons, J. Nolan, J. Doyle, P. Byrne, A. Geoghegan, B. Dowling, C. Bergin, B. Leydon. J. Lawlor. J. Lenihan, M. Hennebry