Leinster League Game V Navan O’Mahonys

12 April, 2008

The senior hurlers completed their final group match in the Leinster League on Saturday last. Needing to beat Navan O'Mahonys, by at least 4 points, to be in with a chance of qualifying for the quarter finals of the competition we came up short, drawing 7 points each on a day that was inclement, to say the least.

Shorn of the full forward line that accounted for 2:07 in our last game against Knockbridge, the 4 point winning margin was going to be a big ask against a team that plays with speed, and interlinks well, creating numerous chances for their pacey forwards. However conditions mitigated against any fluid hurling and, with the game delayed by 40 minutes due to the weather, and the non appearance of an official referee, a draw was a fair result in the end. In a biting cold wind, with hail and rain sweeping in from Cathy Gallagher, it was difficult to hold a hurl, never mind strike a ball cleanly. The score of 0:02 - 0:01 after 20 minutes reflected this and at 3 each at half time it was all to play for. It was point for point early in the second half, and Bray went 2 ahead through Eoin Mason & Adrian Shanahan, but Navan pegged it back with a couple of frees. In the end it was a relief to get out of the elements and to have survived the conditions without any injury of note