Unfortunately our Junior A hurlers came up short last night against Kilsheelan in the South Quarter Final, losing by four points. Playing against the wind, we had the perfect start with an early Dean Kelleher goal. Thereafter, we traded blows with our opponents but were unlucky to concede a scrappy goal that was actually picked off the ground and throw into the net in a goalmouth scramble - well d
one umpires. Nevertheless, it was an even enough first half and we went in a point down at the break. The second half was tit for tat all way until a second Kilsheelan goal about 10 minutes from time. They added a couple of points to go six up but to our credit we kept at it and goaled ourselves with a couple of minutes remaining. Unfortunately we couldn't find the additional score we needed and Kilsheelan scored the insurance point on a counter attack. Best on the night (in no particular order) for the Ogs were Graham Quinn, Aidan Fox, Darragh Kearney, Matthew Norris, & Marc Ahearne.
Final score 3.13 to 2.20
Team: Dean Horton, Colin O' Mahony, Graham Quinn, Jason Cockburn (Declan Bennett), Aidan Fox, Darragh Kearney, Brian Gentles, Eoin Fallon, Karl Kearney, Cian Hogan (Dwaine Burns), Marc Ahearne, Shane Kearney, Matthew Norris, Dean Kelleher, Paul Deady, (Colm O' Connell), Aaron Arrigan, Conor Arrigan, Shane Fehilly, Noel O' Connell
Selectors: Richie Hayes (Manager), Eddie Kearney, Jim Cleary, & Tom Mansfield (coach)
This was a classic example of a game we could have won, but ultimately didn't do enough to get over the line. Three very good goal chances for us went a begging, whilst both Kilsheelan goals were preventable. This team is very young and has been knocking on the door for a south title for three years now. However, the fact of being the 'coming team', or 'deserving' a title is not sufficient when it comes to actually winning a championship. You have to train and work harder than your opponents over the full of the year. Reflecting on the season gone, not all of our players can say that they put in the hard yards. This should be taken as a cautionary tale and used to good effect next year because the panel is certainly good enough to win a championship.
A big thank you to the management team for their hard work and commitment over the last number of years. A new selection team will likely be appointed for next season and they will have a squad of fine players to work with. In the meantime, we expect the U21 championship to kick off soon, and training for that will resume during the week. We won the football title this year with effectively a hurling team so expectations are high. Stay tuned...
C'mon the Og!