County Final - Junior B Hurling Championship

posted 18 Nov 2013, 09:10 by Unknown user

Sincere commiserations to our Junior B team who lost by a single point to Templeglantine in last Sunday afternoon’s County Final. With a final score of Templeglantine 4-7 Doon 2-12, this was an intense, tough and thoroughly entertaining game and undoubtedly one of the best performances our lads produced all year. Both sides set out their intent from the throw-in and after just 90 seconds, there had been a goal at either end – ours courtesy of full-forward Seamie Ryan. Though the conditions and surface were good, there were lots of great scoring opportunities missed in the first half by both sides, all of which both teams would regret coming close to the final whistle!

With 3, 4 and 5 goals scored in many of their games to this point, Templeglantine carried on that form and pushed for goals all through this contest. We conceded another 2 before halftime, but because we had kept up with them in terms of points, we were a mere 4 points down at half time (3-3 to 1-5).

The second half saw a huge burst of energy from Doon and spectators were treated 30 minutes of great hurling with the lead swinging over and back.

An own goal by Templeglantine 9 minutes into that second half saw the sides level. Immediately after that, a pointed free from Templeglantine was responded to in spades with 3 Doon points from Rob McLoughlin, a Tadhg Hayes free and Cathal Maher. The clock was hitting 50 minutes. We were to concede 2 points next, but Ger Beary who had been earlier introduced as a sub was firmly on target to get two back for us and we were 2 ahead with 5 minutes to play (2-12 to 3-7). A minute after Beary’s second of those points though, an unfortunate goal by Templeglantine set us back and then the dismissal of Paddy Coleman just seconds later was yet another blow. The final minutes ticked down and even with two injury time minutes played, another score eluded us. We were very unfortunate to be on the losing end of the 4-7 to 2-12 scoreline.

This team did have a very successful 2013, winning both the East League & East Championship. Well done to all the lads for their hard work during the year and some great entertainment – to the entire panel of John Murphy, Eamon Duggan, James Fox, James Nolan, Trevor Duggan, Tadhg Hayes, Eddie Ryan, Cathal Maher, Shane Whelan, Padhric Ryan, Paddy Coleman, Shane Brennan, Shane McKenna, Seamus Ryan, Rob McLoughlin, Kevin Lenihan, Luke Treacy, Brian Fenton, Brian Sheehy, John Lukeman, Fionn Carew, Cian McNamara, Derek Ryan, Pat Crowe, Ger Beary, David Landers, James Power; to manager - Mike Ryan, selectors - Jason Ryan, Adrian O’Donovan, Pat Crowe, and Con Barry for first aid.