Monday 11 April 2011

South Leinster Colleges Juvenile C Final: Match Report

Abbey Community College...........4-9
Wexford C.B.S.................................2-7

Despite a gallant effort, Wexford C.B.S. 
 couldn’t cope with the power and strength of a superior Abbey Community College in last Thursday’s South Leinster Juvenile C final played at sunny O’Kennedy Park, New Ross.
The Ferrybank School, under the auspices of Kilkenny VEC, had too much size and guile for the Wexford lads who fought tenaciously until the last whistle and never gave up while playing some very good hurling themselves.
Pat Henderson, Leinster Council coach and former Kilkenny great, said in his presentation speech that it was one of the best C grade games of hurling he had ever witnessed.
Abbey started brightly and had 1-2 on the scoreboard inside the first five minutes as C.B.S. struggled to come to terms with the pace of the game. They eventually lifted the siege from their defence and Dylan Hynes placed corner-forward Mikey Coleman who fired over their opening score.

Abbey centre-forward Maurice Costello, one of three six footers on his team, was proving very accurate with frees and he punished any fouls by the Wexford defence - who were under fierce pressure - with white flags.

By the quarter-hour mark C.B.S had settled down. They had restructured their team in order to cope with their opponents. Joe Redmond popped over a nice point and they set about getting back into the game.
However Abbey’s rampaging midfielder M.J. Sutton scored his side’s second goal on 26 minutes which made the score 2-6 to 0-2 approaching half-time.
Nevertheless C.B.S kept up the pressure and were rewarded for their efforts with three converted frees from Stephen Kearney before half-time.
Both sides retired with the score at 2-6 to 0-5. The Wexford lads needed a good start to eat into the deficit but alas, it was Sutton who goaled within sixty seconds of the restart. By now he had been moved to full-forward where it must be said John Hamilton policed him well throughout the remainder of the game considering the amount of possession that went in.
The towel could have been thrown in at that stage by C.B.S. but they redoubled their efforts to telling effect. Kearney went on a mazy solo run -beating many tackles - before passing to Conor Coleman whose ground stroke found the net.
Kearney pointed his fourth free to leave the score at 3-6 to 1-6 with 16 minutes to go. C.B.S. had got themselves on top around the middle of the field and at this stage the next score would have a crucial bearing on the result.
As it turned out it was an Abbey point but it could so easy have been a goal only for C.B.S keeper Rob Donnelly’s superb save from Sean Moore. However, Moore returned a few minutes later when M.J. Sutton unselfishly passed to him and this time the substitute beat Donnelly from close range (4-7 to 1-6).
C.B.S. heads didn’t drop and a glimmer of hope appeared when Stephen Kearney’s 50 metre free went all the way to the net and shortly afterwards Mikey Coleman kicked a point.
However they needed more goals and unfortunately they squandered some great opportunities which they could ill-afford. As C.B.S. threw everything into attack towards the end game, Maurice Costello pointed a brace of frees in the dying stages and Abbey ran out deserving winners.
The C.B.S players can be very proud of their efforts on the day as they gave 100% in the battle and produced some fine hurling of their own. They will benefit enormously from playing such quality opposition and can look forward to defending their Flo-Gas title in the coming weeks.
Wexford C.B.S: Rob Donnelly (Buffers Alley); Padraig Rossiter (St. Martin’s), James Somers (Faythe Harriers), Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers); John Hamilton (St. Martin’s), Ciaran Kirwan (Faythe Harriers), Jack Murphy (Faythe Harriers); Nicky Lawlor (Faythe Harriers, Captain), Luke Byrne (Faythe Harriers); Stephen Kearney (1-4 frees), Dylan Hynes (Clonard), Joe Redmond (Shelmaliers, 0-1); David Tormey (Clonard), Stephen Cullen (Clonard), Mikey Coleman (St. Martin’s, 0-2).
 Conor Coleman (St. Martin’s, 1-0) for P. Rossiter, Stephen Rossiter (Shelmaliers) for Cullen, Liam Rockett (Shelmaliers) for Tormey. Also: Kevin Birney (Glynn-Barntown), Dillon Dixon (Blackwater), Conor Fenlon (Glynn-Barntown), Luke Lambert (unattached), Aaron McGuire (St. John’s), Michael McNulty (Buffers Alley). 
Abbey Community College
: John Brown; David Irish, Shane Harney, Donncha Griffin; Jack Rea, Diarmaid O’Dwyer, Luke O’Donovan; M.J. Sutton (2-1), Oliver Mulally; Sean Walker, Maurice Costello (1-6, 0-6 frees), Joseph O’Brien; Jack Frisby (0-1), John Ahern (0-1), David Atkins. 
 Sean Moore (1-2) for O’Brien.
Referee: John Bennett.

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