O’Loughlin Gaels GAA 5-17 to 2-14 St. Martins GAA
Venue: St. Johns Park, Saturday April 4th, 6pm Referee: Peter Burke.
St. Johns Park was the venue for this first round encounter between O’Loughlin Gaels GAA & St. Martins in the Junior Hurling League. A bright spring evening provided the backdrop for an entertaining game of hurling between these two sides. O’Loughlins got on the score sheet early via a Paddy Cantwell point from play after some good work by midfielder Shane Parsons. That was quickly trumped by an excellent goal from St. Martins half back Adrien Farrell. The game certainly started brightly and St. Martins full forwarded Robert Shore, who caused many headaches for the O’Loughlins defence all evening, drew and excellent save from goal keeper Billy Leydon on the 6th minute parrying over the line for a 65 which was converted by Shane Kinsella. Brian Dowling who had an excellent game for O’Loughlins, pointed a free soon after to be followed up by another point from St. Martin full forward Robbie Shore. O’Loughlin Gaels gathered a bit of momentum now as midfielder Shane Parsons along with Martin Gibbons and Brian Dowling took hold of the game for a period allowing O’Loughlins to hit a purple patch and scored 1-5 without reply including a well worked goal from Danny Lenihan. O’Loughlins looked like they were in the driving seat now with Rick Leydon and Huw Lawlor dominating things throughout this period but St. Martins upped the pace in the full forward line with Robbie Shore and Shane Kinsella creating the chances to add another 5 points before half time along with an excellent score form centre forward Pauric Haughney who was battling hard. However good work from Gary Bryan (O’Loughlins) at mid-field to feed Paddy Cantwell, dissecting the St. Martin defence before offloading to centre forward Martin Gibbons and finished the move to the net, keeping a healthy four point advantage for O’Loughlins at half time (2-10 to 1-9)
The second half started well for St. Martins as Shane Kinsella pointed twice (one free) before full forward won a penalty after being pulled down in the square. Jason Shore took responsibility for this one and rifled it to the net to put St. Martin one point ahead within 4 minutes of the restart. O’Loughlin’s wing forward Paddy Cantwell was finding form now and made two more defence splitting runs hitting the crossbar on his first but making no mistake on his second finding the net again. Brian Dowling (O’Loughlins) pointed either side of that goal with the latter point arguable the score of the match with a beauty from 70 yards. Two more points from St. Martins’ Robbie shore and Shane Kinsella kept the game alive. Danny Bolger fetched a ball from a Gary Bryan worked clearance and engineered a one handed strike to the net to ease the nerves of the St. Johns supporters. From here on in O’Loughlins drove for home. O’Loughlins corner back Alan O’Brien was dogged in defence and with some heroic blocking, launched an attack on the St. Martins goal resulting in Danny Lenihan splitting the defence and striking for goal. A few more points from Brian Dowling, Martin Gibbons and one from substitute Ross Butler put the game out of sight, with the final score coming from St. Martins talisman, Shane Kinsella.
Final Score: O’Loughlin Gaels 5-17 to St. Martins 2-14.
O’Loughlin Gaels: 1. Billy Leydon,2. Alan O’Brien, 3.Brian Murphy, 4. Kevin O’Brien, 5. Andy Cantwell, 6. Ricky Leydon, 7. Huw Lawlor, 8. Shane Parsons, 9. Gary Bryan, 10. Brian Dowling (0-9, 5f), 11. Martin Gibbons (1-4), 12. Paddy Cantwell (1-1), 13. Danny Bolger (1-0), 14. John Doyle (0.1), 15. Danny Lenihan (2-1), subs, E. Croughan , Ross Butler (0-1)
1.Eugene Maher, 2. Brian Cadigan, 3. Aiden Murphy, 4. Conor Dowling, 5. Adrian Farrell (0-1), 6. Paddy Brennan, 7. David Walsh, 8. Noel Darcy, 9. Jack Dowling, 10. Damien Tynan, 11. Pauric Haughney (0-2), 12. Robert Reid, 13. Shane Kinsella (0-8, 3f,1’65), 14. Robert Shore (0-3), 15. Jason Shore (1-0 Pen).