INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND ONE
Naomh Eoin 3-15
Naomh Bríd 2-12
By Tommy Murphy
THE two teams served up a top class highly entertaining game in their opening intermediate hurling championship clash at Myshall on Saturday evening.
Despite earlier heavy rain that threatened proceedings the game was played in excellent sunshine. Anthony Hogan at corner forward opened the home sides account with a minor. Seven minutes gone and Naomh Bríd’s Jamie Doyle steered the ball in along the end line something like ice hockey and slackness for an instant on Naomh Eoin’s part saw Doyle ice hockey the sliotar to the Naomh Eoin net.
Fiach O’Toole, Mikey Bambrick and Aaron Amond tacked on points James Smithers and Kevin Hosey replied for Naomh Eoin as they trailed by three 1-3 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. Thirty seconds before the first water break the game came to life when James Smithers laid on a perfect pass for Anthony Hogan to shoot the first goal and level the game at 1-3 each.
Each side were now coming out of the woodwork producing top drawer hurling approaching the break and level at 1-5 it was that man Anthony Hogan again that screwed around to bang home goal number two after good work from Gavin Ruschitzko.
While folk were talking about the last goal, Anthony decided an another goal would be no harm and this time Eoin Doyle duly laid on the required pass wow goal no three as Naomh Eoin opened up a six point lead 3-8 to 1-8 at the break.
On the restart Naomh Bríd upped the ante to get in to the game with real series of raids on the Naomh Eoin goal led by Mickey Bambrick, Fiach O’Toole, the evergreen Mark Brennan and Aaron Amond. A goal from Mikey Bambrick had Naomh Bríd right back in the game ten minutes in to the last period as they now only trailed by three points 3-10 to 2-10.
However, it was here Naomh Eoin closed ranks Damian Jordan in goal along with inspired hurling from Johnny Murphy, Shane Cranny and Philip Smithers absorbed great pressure stood rock firm and took no prisoners. Eoghan O’Hara relieved pressure time and time again with exceptionally long clearances flanked by Donal Jordan and Ross McEvoy.
Kevin Hosey at midfield had a fine game scoring nine points from placed balls along with Gavin Ruschitzko. Young James Smithers with his daring runs and skill is a new find, add in the work rate of Eanna Kavanagh, Kevin Foley and the 3-1 from Anthony Hogan they are a formidable side. Ayrton Gleeson at right half back did some hurling for the Naomh Bríd men and was their best player. He along with Eanna Holland, Niall Roche, Aaron McKenzie, Colin Brennan and James Kehoe in goal did their best to turn matters around however it was hard to recover from three first half goals. Naomh Bríd tried to the very end but the important scores they wanted didn’t come.
Naomh Eoin: Damian Jordan; Philip Smithers, Shane Cranny, Johnny Murphy; Donal Jordan, Eoghan O’Hara (0-1), Ross McEvoy; Kevin Hosey (0-9), Gavin Ruschitzko (0-1); Keith Hogan, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Foley; James Smithers (0-2), Eanna Kavanagh, Anthony Hogan (3-1). Subs: Ger Kavanagh (0-1) for Gavin Ruschitzko, Peter Abbey for Eoin Doyle.
Naomh Bríd: James Kehoe; Aaron McKenzie, Colin Brennan, Cathal Brennan; Ayrton Gleeson, John Ryan, Eanna Holland; Niall Roche, Fiach O’Toole (0-5); Mikey Bambrick (1-3), Mark Brennan (0-2), Dylan Kavanagh; Aaron Amond (0-1), Jamie Doyle (1-1). Subs: Des Ferguson for Eanna Holland, Fiach O’Byrne for Jamie Doyle, Luke Kelly for Mark Brennan.
Referee: Johnny Murphy (St Mullins)