Hartford 0-7 Sean Og’s 4-10
Sean Og’s captured the junior C hurling championship after a well contested final with Hartford. An early goal for Sean Og’s had Hartford chasing the game, and three more in the second half put the result beyond doubt. There were some great performances from the newly minted hurlers who are all graduates of the youth program.
Sean Og’s took the break with a comfortable looking 5 point lead. An early goal from Jack Martyn, whose long distance free eluded everyone until it found the back of the net, got Sean Og’s off to a great start. Sean Og’s kept the pressure on with Kieran O’Driscoll, Colm O’Malley, and Martyn sweeping up everything around the middle of the field. O’Driscoll proved to be the marksman for Sean Og’s with 4 points, although there were some missed opportunities for the youngsters.
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Hartford had some chances of their own and converted 2 points. One a free from Niall Geoghegan and a fine effort from Eric Stassen resulted in scores. Goalkeeper, John O’Brien, was called upon to make some saves off the line as Sean Og’s threatened on a number of occasions. At the break it was a 1-4 to 0-2 score in Sean Og’s favour.
The second half saw Sean Og’s net shortly after the restart with a brilliant effort from Dylan Coyne who had entered play late in the first half. Coyne followed with an expertly taken point and Hartford had it all to do now, and battle on they did. Tom Shea answered with a well taken long distance effort, but with 9 points to make up Hartford were going to need a couple of goals.
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With Hartford putting some pressure on the Sean Og’s goal and threatening to reduce the gap, a third goal came for the youngsters from Eoin Morissey. Daniel Murphy added a couple of points to extend the lead. Hartford continued to push with some good work by Mike Lanza, Andrew Collins and Adam Mackie. Aidan Joyce, however, made some good stops in goal to maintain a clean sheet, and when Peter Bannon netted a fourth, the game was beyond the reach of the Connecticut side.
A successful first foray into the adult leagues for the youth players, many of whom played at minor level at the CYC a couple of weeks ago.
Hartford: John O’Brien, Dan Putman, Haley Reierson, Brian Park, Andrew Collins, Ian Fischer, Mike Lanza, Niall Geoghegan, eric Stassen, Tom Shea, John Kilian, Chris Laggis, Adam Mackie.
Sean Og’s: Aidan Joyce, Aidan Flanagan, Aidan O’Malley, John O’Doherty, Matt Duane, Peter Bannon, Jack Martyn, Colm O’Malley, Daniel Murphy, Kieraan O’Driscoll, Eoin Morissey, Declan O’Sullivan, Stephen Joyce.By Rory O'Donnell