Monday, June 30, 2014

Saturday June 28 - Junior C Hurling: Worcester v Portland

Portland 3-2 Worcester 4-14

The Worcester Hurlers made a significant statement Saturday afternoon.
Worcester and Portland each made the journey to the Irish Cultural Center in Canton Mass. for their junior C clash on the main field.  Defending champions Worcester came away with a convincing win, and in doing so sent a clear signal about their intent to reclaim the Northeast championship.  The men from down the Mass. Pike proved to be too strong for their opponents and were on top from start to finish.  Corner forward, Liam Kelly, completed a hat trick early in the second half, and Worcester's half back line was on top of everything that came their way.

Worcester built up a formidable lead over the course of the first 30 minutes.  Kelly looked dangerous with the ball in his hand, and at the tail end of the half accounted for 2 well taken goals.  Seamus Shaughnessy in the middle of the field saw plenty of the ball, while the half back line of Timmy Jackson, Dan Swetland, and Tom Lind did tremendous work to keep most of the play headed in the direction of the Portland goal.  Points were converted by Shaughnessy, Kelly, and Cian Clifford for Worcester as they built a 10 point lead.  Portland battled to try and make something happen, and forced Worcester goalkeeper, Aidan O'Shea, to earn his corn on a few occasions.  Aidan O'Brien accounted for Portland's only score of the half with a booming 65.  Chances fell to Joel Wezowicz and Matt Anderson to net for Portland.  O'Shea was up to the task for Wezowicz's shot and Anderson just missed the far post late in the half.

Portland Hurling Club made the trip to Canton, but faced a formidable foe in Worcester.
The second half began as the first ended, with 2 Worcester goals.  The first came from a Mike Dufalt tip off a Seamus Shaughnessy shot, and the second from Kelly to complete his hat trick.  Portland continued to fight on and their efforts were eventually rewarded with a penalty that was expertly converted by Aidan O'Brien.  Wezowicz and Alan McGrath each scored late consolation goals for Portland as the game wound down, though at that stage the game was beyond the Mainers.  So, a successful outing to the ICC for Worcester as they stay on track to claim a final berth come late August.

Worcester:  A. O'Shea, L. Lagorce, M. Dufrane, T. Jackson, S. Swetland, T. Lind, C. Clifford, Sean Shaughnessy, M. O'Connor, Seamus Shaughnessy, K. O'Connor, M. Default, L. Kelly.  Portland:  JJ Twohig, J. Gormley, A. McGrath, M. Gormley, A. O'Brien, D. Adams, L. Maher, J. Clifford, B. WIlliams, T. Schneider, J. Wezowicz, M. Anderson, E. Burns.

By Rory O'Donnell

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