Monday, 7 May 2012

U.14 Hurling - Westcourt Cup

A sluggish start after the lengthy Trip to Tipp cost the under-14 hurlers of Wexford CBS dearly recently in their first ever Westcourt Cup. Competing in the shadow of Semple Stadium at Dr. Morris Park, in a group with Tramore CBS and Cashel CBS, the Bokerboys had a great chance to qualify for the final of this competition which is for the weaker teams in the Rice Cup which was held back in March.
Tramore and Cashel drew in the first game but the Wexford students were very slow to get going in their game versus the Tramore lads and found themselves 3-2 to 0-1 down at half-time. After a stern talking to, they responded in great fashion but they had left themselves too much of a mountain to climb and ended up losing by 4-3 to 0-5 despite a much improved second half showing. Danny Walsh and Kevin Harte were excellent in defence while Liam Hore tried hard in midfield.
Conor Coleman registered 0-4 (two from ‘65s) and Daniel Lynch scored CBS’s other point and at that stage all that was left to play for was pride as Tramore couldn’t be caught at the top of the table with three points.
CBS v Tramore: Jack Haughton (Faythe Harriers); Danny Walsh (Faythe Harriers), Cormac Byrne (Faythe Harriers), Aaron Smythe (Volunteers); Nicky Kelly (Faythe Harriers), Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers 0-1), Kevin Harte (Shelmaliers); Liam Rockett (Shelmaliers), Liam Hore (Faythe Harriers); Aaron McGuire (Volunteers), Conor Coleman (St. Martin’s 0-4 2 ‘65s), Kevin Corrigan (Blackwater); Adam Carroll (Faythe Harriers), Noel O’Brien (Faythe Harriers), Jack McGarry (Shelmaliers). Subs: Chris Cowman (Shelmaliers) for McGarry, Andrew Smith (Faythe Harriers) for O’Brien.
However in the next game Cashel were armed with the knowledge that if they defeated Wexford by more than Tramore then they would qualify for the final.
Playing sorely for their pride in their second group game, Wexford were an entirely different animal and after the concession of an early goal, they took over the rest of the first half.
Centre-Back Daniel Lynch soloed upfield and his stinging shot was saved by the Cashel keeper but Noel O’Brien pounced on the rebound and the net rattled.
This gave the Wexford lads confidence and towards half-time Lynch returned on another attack and this time he lashed the ball to the net without the keeper interfering.
CBS led their Cashel opponents by 2-0 to 1-1 at the break. The second half was an evenly contested affair and Cashel went back in front early on with another goal following a defensive error but the Wexford lads were determined to get the win and following numerous attacks, Adam Carroll sent a sizzler to the corner of the net.
The pressure was maintained and Conor Coleman had two points, one from a ’65, to secure the victory and send the Wexford students home with one victory and one defeat.
CBS v Cashel: Jack Haughton; Danny Walsh, Cormac Byrne, Aaron Smythe; Nicky Kelly, Daniel Lynch (1-0), Kevin Harte; Aaron McGuire, Liam Hore; Liam Rockett, Conor Coleman (0-2 1 ’65), Kevin Corrigan; Adam Carroll (1-0), Noel O’Brien (1-0), Sean Hopkins (Faythe Harriers). Subs: Andrew Smith for Hopkins, Chris Cowman for Corrigan, Jack McGarry for O’Brien.
Ennis CBS qualified from the other group consisting of North Mon CBS, Doon CBS and Callan CBS and the Clare school won the Westcourt Cup by overcoming Tramore CBS in the final later in the afternoon.

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