County Under 16 'A' Hurling Final
DURLAS ÓG…………………………….. . 1-6
CARRICK SWANS……………………….. 1-8
The County Under 16 ‘A’ Hurling final between Durlas Óg and Carrick Swans was played in Leahy Park, Cashel last Sunday (26/10/2003) in perfect conditions before a good attendance.
Defending champions, Durlas Óg got the perfect start with a Patrick Bourke point inside 30 seconds and the same player added another point five minutes later. During the opening 15 minutes Carrick Swans had most of the possession but a combination of inaccurate shooting and excellent defending by Durlas Óg restricted the Carrick boys to a solidary point from wing forward Wayne Cullen to leave them trailing by 0-2 to 0-1. In the 17th minute Durlas Óg wing forward, Michael Gleeson, gained possession some 45 metres from the Carrick goal and soloed through the defence and his shot deceived goalkeeper, Colin O’Sullivan and ended up in the net. This was followed by a Patrick Bourke pointed free to give the Thurles boys a 1-3 to 0-1 lead with five minutes of the half remaining. Carrick Swans added two points (Danny O’Hanlon and Kieran Reade) to Durlas Óg’s one (Michael Gleeson) before the interval to leave the half time score 1-4 to 0-3 in favour of the Thurles side.
Carrick Swans started the second half in more determined fashion and by the 40th minute the sides were level. From the throw in Carrick gained possession and Danny O’Hanlon struck a good point to leave a goal between the sides. In the 40th minute Swans were awarded a free near the sideline 50 metres from the Thurles goals. Up stepped Wayne Cullen and his low shot went all the way to the Durlas Óg net. The tempo of the game now increased and Durlas Óg responded with a point from a Patrick Bourke free. In the next five minutes Swans star forward, Kieran Reade, added three unanswered points to leave the score Carrick Swans 1-7 Durlas Óg 1-5 with six minutes remaining. The Thurles boys replied with a Patrick Bourke point to leave the minimum between the sides. Durlas Óg went in search of the equaliser but couldn’t find a way through the Carrick rearguard and the last score of the match was another Kieran Reade point for Swans. When Paddy Russell sounded the final whistle Swans were champions on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-6.
Both sides are to be commended on serving up a splendid match and despite the intensity of the exchanges the match was played in a very sporting manner. Carrick Swans had top class displays from full back, Stephen Hahessy, centre back, Kevin Lanigan who was dominant throughout the 60 minutes, midfielder, Danny O’Hanlon and forwards Kieran Ruane and Wayne Cullen. Durlas Óg were best served by defenders, Brian White, Garret Foxton and Stephen Fewer, Kevin O’Halloran at midfield and in attack Michael Gleeson and the dangerous, Patrick Bourke.
Durlas Óg: Scott Grey, David Morris, Brian White, Garret Foxton, Adrian O’Mahoney, Ronan Walsh, Stephen Fewer, Kevin O’Halloran, David Shannon, Conor Murphy, Ian Maher, Michael Gleeson (1-1), John Maher, Patrick Skehan, Patrick Bourke (0-5).
Subs: Jody O’Grady, Shane Dorney, Conor Moloney, Joseph O’Mahoney, John Joe Bourke, Stephen Dorney, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher, Liam Phelan, Shane Meagher, David Collins, Peter Donnelly, John Callanan, David Keady, Paul Connors, Keith Stapleton, Bob O’Dwyer.
Carrick Swans: Colin O’Sullivan, William Lonergan, Stephen Hahessy, Paul Regan, Daryl Whitty, Kevin Lanigan, David Walsh, Danny O’Hanlon (0-2), Shane Hogan, Dwayne Fogarty, Martin Russell, Wayne Cullen (1-1), Damien Roche, Barry Walsh, Kieran Reade (0-5).
Subs: Stephen Kearns, Michael Ryan, Dean Cleary, Keith O’Dwyer, John Flynn, Jimmy Dignam, Andrew Diffily, Darren Murphy, Sean Barrett, Mark Fogarty, Darren Watters.
Referee: Paddy Russell.