Our Senior Boys Hurling team started their campaign on the road to Schull this Tuesday, Nov 16th.
A tight squad of just 17 players travelled and hit the ground running going 2 points up early with scores from Conor L and Eoin C.
Colaiste Muire were under a lot of pressure defensively for the opening 20 minutes, with some amazing saves by goalkeeper Adam M and the strong defensive presence of Charlie O’ R and Sean O’K keeping the dangerous Schull forward line under control.
Late in the first half Colaiste Muire were awarded a free from 45 metres out, Cian T took the free and dropped it into the net from long range. Eoin C and Sean O’C both scored from play with Colaiste Muire leading 1:5 – 0:5 at half time.
The Second half started strong with some great defensive pressure applied by Alex F and Sean O’C again keeping the Schull forwards at bay. Some great play between Paul M and Charlie O’R put Charlie into space to score from play. Mid way through the second half (Third Year and youngest player on the panel) Billy M who was playing corner forward came out towards the midfield to gather the ball and turned and left all the Schull team for dead as he raced toward the corner and scored a point from long range. Paul M claimed the puck out and dropped the ball back into the box for Billy to strike on and score a goal only for it to be disallowed in an unusual call by the referee as it was brought back for a free for a foul on Paul. Eoin C took the free and buried it into the net. Cobh 2:6 – Schull 0:9. The last 20 minutes was eventful as Colaiste Muire took the foot off the pedal and Schull scored 1-3 in quick succession while frees from Cian T and 2 points from play from Eoin tied the game at 2:11 – 1:14. With seconds left on the clock Schull scored a point putting them ahead for the first time in the game. A quick puck out from Adam M R found Sean O’C at midfield who turned and had a solo run of 30+ metres, just as he was setting up to shoot to equalise the game he was dragged to the ground but no foul was called and the game was blown up.
Heart-breaking for Colaiste Muire who were by far the stronger team on the day only lose it in the closing seconds. Great team performance all round. Especially Adam M in goal and MOTM Eoin C.
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