Opening day of the hurling championship for the boys in green ended with a resounding win and 2pts in the bag. On a warm afternoon at the Tank Field, St. Patrick's took on Gaelscoil Mhachain (Mahon) in what turnout to be a fairly one sided game. Credit to the young Gaelscoil side who's players ranged from 2nd class up, which makes it very hard for them to compete with schools who can field teams from 5th and 6th class only, they never gave up and indeed in the 2nd half gave a fine account of themselves.
The opening half saw St. Patrick's field a strong selection who dutifully went about their business. In defence, James Quinn dealt well with whatever was thrown at him, along side Anthony McGuiken and Paul Long at fullback. While in the forwards, with scores aplenty, players played a lot of ball with Jake O' Donoghue and Kelvin O' Reilly picking off some good points. In midfield, Ryan Long and Kieran Mills were too strong for Mahon and won primary ball time after time. The half finished with St. Pa's well on top.
As with all home matches at the Tank, it allows Mr. O' Brien and Mr. Horgan to bring up a large squad and so at halftime changes were made to allow many of the 4th class boys amongst others a chance to play for their school team. The second half was much more competitive and the boys got a challenge that's hard to create in training. David Garvin and Colin O'Brien gave a wonderful display at midfield. In defence Adam, Tom O'Mahony and Paul Cambridge played very well while in the forwards Dawid Talaga, Darren Thompson and Joe Garvin put in good performances. Goalkeeper Seán Barrett was called upon a few times and made fantastic saves and blocks each time. Goals and points at both ends gave an exciting and enjoyable end to a good start of the hurling competition for St. Patrick's.
(1st half) Adam Lawlor, Paul Long, Cian O' Mahony, Tadhg O' Connell, Anthony McGuiken, James Quinn, Ryan Long, Kieran Mills, Jake O' Donoghue, Emil Turczyn, Kelvin O' Reilly, Dean Twomey, Jamie Hegarty.
(2nd Half) Sean Barrett, Tom O' Mahony, Paul Cambridge, John Fitzgerald, Adam Lawlor, Colin O' Brien, David Garvin, Zachary Porter, Olivier Naiker, John Mckeone, Fionnan O' Riordan, Kian Higgins, Adam Gardiner, Joe Garvin, Darren Thompson, Dawid Talaga.
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