Worcester 1-6 Fr. Tom Burke’s 3-20
After a tight first half in which Worcester proved to be a good match for Tom’s, the game opened up in the second and Tom’s pulled away thanks in large part to an early flurry of scores from Laois marksman David O’Mahoney. O’Mahoney put away a quick 2-2 to extend the Tom’s lead to 11, and the outcome was in little doubt from then on.
|Terry Doran in action for Tom's.|
The North American Junior C Champions got off to a flying start with an early goal from PJ Heffernan. David O’Mahoney and Dan Swetland had traded scores to get things going. Heffernan’s goal was followed by a Liam Kelly point as Worcester opened a 4 point lead. Tom’s gradually worked their way into the game and were level by the time the half was 15 minutes old. Jack Martin almost had a goal, however, Jared Gorry saved well and Martin satisfied himself with a point. Points came from O’Mahoney, Chris Donoghue, and Terry Doran as Tom’s built patiently from the back. Worcester worked hard throughout. The O’Shaughnessy brothers gave little away in midfield, however, an ankle injury to talisman player, Dan Swetland near the end of the half did not help Worcester’s cause. A free from Swetland just before the break closed the gap to three points at the break, 1-4 to 0-10 in Tom’s favour.
|Worcester Hurling Team.|
Tom’s made some positional changes to begin the second half, with O’Mahoney moving to the half forward line from midfield, and a goal was netted by the Laois native. O’Mahoney followed with another two points and a second goal as the game slipped away from Worcester. Aidan Davoran pointed, which along with Jack Martin, got two American born players on the scoreboard for Tom’s. Matin netted a third goal for Tom’s after pouncing on a rebound off the keeper and from that point on the result was in little doubt.
Worcester: Jared Gorry, M. Dufrene, S. Mahoney, D. Smith, D. Swetland, T. Jackson, Seamus O’Shaughnessy, Sean O’Shaughnessy, M. O’Connor, L. Kelly, P. Mannion, M. Jones, PJ Heffernan. Tom’s: D. Fox, J. Dooley, J. Dowling, D. Burke, D. Costello, R. Driscoll, S. Higgins, D. O’Mahoney, A. Davoran, C. Donoghue, G. Kelly, J. Martin, T. Doran.
By Rory O'Donnell