Match 3 in the Sciath Na Scol hurling 2013 took place at the Tank Field, Tuesday April 30th. We welcomed Togher NS to our home pitch on a warm, pleasent afternoon. The match was arranged for 3pm to allow boys and teachers to chance to attend and support. And support they did with a great turnout of boys and staff at the game.
The starting line-up saw two personnel changes, forced upon na bainisteoirí through injury, Emil Turczyn came in for Jamie Hegarty at centre forward while Joe Garvin replaced Kelvin O'Reilly also in the forwards. The wise Mr.O'Brien and Mr. Horgan also tinkered with some positional changes which they feel worked well. Cian O'Mahony moved to midfield, swapping with David Garvin who had a fantastic game at cornerback, and Cian, while at little unsure about midfield beforehand put in a storming performance.
St. Patrick's started brightly, Emil scoring a goal early on and put us out in front. Togher, though, would not go quietly and replied with two goals of their own. Togher followed up with some sustained pressure but, like Bandon before them, found Adam Lawler in exceptional form. One point blank save in particular had all spectators and players searching for superlatives. The schools exchanged points, leaving the halftime score at 2-1 to 1-1.
As the game progressed, a few positional changes were tinkered with. Ryan Long went to the wing forward position to allow to run with the ball as he is great at. James Quinn went into the fullback position and excelled, with Paul Long coming out to midfield, where he played some great hurling. wing forward Kieran Millls moved to wingback and looked far more comfortable and commanding, along side Anthony McGuikin who was exceptional at centre back. On the other wing Tadhg O'Connell again showed why he has been ever present this year in hurling and football. Behind them Tom O'Mahony was in a mean mood, giving away very little time after time.
In the forwards, 4th class boys Jake O'Donoghue and Colin O'Brien hustled and harried and battled for sliotar all throughout the game. Emil complimented his goal with a performance of a very high work rate and endeavour. And Joe Garvin showed plenty of guts and no shortage of skill, doing very well in the corner with whatever ball came his way. Dean Twomey searched and sniffed out ball at full forward. But to be honest Togher had the upper hand throughout the game and didn't allow a whole lot of ball into our forwards. They deserved their victory and we wish them all the best in this year's Sciath na Scol
P.S Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash- Watch Out, Adam Lawler is coming for your jersey!!! Star Player again today
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