St. Judes

4 June, 2008

On Wednesday last we played our last game in the Dublin Hurling Cup away against a strong St Judes side. We divided our squad into two teams of fairly similar skills and this report includes one of those teams. Our defenders and goalkeepers had 5 goals scored against them, some of which should have been relatively easily cleared away. Billy Ray and Michael Pirkl did some solid work in defence and tried really hard. At midfield Liam Benville and Seanie Maloney had the better of the exchanges. Liam put in some brilliant block downs and Seanie scored a beautiful point from a 45m free. Both midfielders gave good quality ball to the forwards who unfortunately did not make the best use of it. Conor Prendergast was the most effective forward and scored a great goal from a ground ball into the square from Dylan Brady. Indeed, Conor was in hard luck in not getting a second who was denied by a brilliant save from the St Judes goalkeeper. Our other goal was scored by Daniel Kennedy leaving a final score of 5-2 to 2-1.

Meanwhile on the other pitch, our U11s did better winning by 3-4 to 2-2, leaving an overall score of 7-4 to 5-5 in favour of St Judes. Overall, the team have done exceptionally well in the Dublin Cup and came second out of seven in their Group and are now in the top 10 clubs in Dublin out of approx 40. So well done to all the players. The Dublin Hurling League starts next Saturday and having done so well in the Cup we are now pitched against the best in Dublin. Many challenges lie ahead but this should help significantly in their development and in improving their skills levels.