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Senior hurlers bow out

14 October, 2012

The senior hurlers made their way to Aughrim last Sunday, for the semi final of the championship against Carnew and were quietly confident of causing an upset, however it wasn't to be. From the start we gifted them two easy frees followed by another from play, as we got settled we played some lovely hurling and scored some great points; Daire Lohan with one, Paul Cunningham with two, Mikey Lee two and Arran Murphy with one. We were now well in the game at six points each, then came the first of two quick goals by Carnew which really hit us for six, but such is the spirit and never say die attitude of this group of players we hit back with a great goal of our own, Mikey drilling the ball to the net giving Ted Kennedy no chance. Carnew added one more point before half time to leave the score at 2.7 to 1.6.

We had lost Christy Moorehouse through a sending off after ten minutes, and Liam Kenny having to come off with an injury. With Ronan O'Brien and Eoin Mason badly wounded, things could not have been worse. On the other hand we had Paulie Cunningham dominating centre forward, Henderson mid-field and Kiely holding tough at centre back.

We began the second half with a well taken point from play by Mikey Lee and it was game on, three points in it and all to play for. The referee gave a harsh free against John Henderson, which Don Hyland, who never missed a free all day, slotted over the bar

Immediately after, a weak puck out went straight to the same man and he put it back over the bar. There was now a five points gap and real pressure was back on our lads, we reduced the lead again two points by Gearoid O'Murchu but Carnew were firing over points at the other end and stretched out the lead again to nine.  Mason and Kiely pointed from frees late on and Luke Maloney scored a great point. Paddy Lee came on for Daire Lohan and fired home a goal with minutes to go, but it just wasn't enough. Carnew kept scoring points on the counter attack and the game finished 2.17 to 2.12. Great effort by all concerned but not to be this year. Well done lads, our future looks very bright, and keep up the progress. Many thanks to Siobhan Egan, our physio and all the back room team for all their hard work.