Senior Hurling Championship - Round 1 (Replay)
Garvey's SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Replay
St Brendan’s 1-13 Causeway 2-7
At the second time of asking St Brendan’s finally overcame Causeway to progress to Round 2A of the Garvey’s Senior Hurling Championship but not before they were absolutely put to ‘the pin of their collar’ by an opposition who were reduced to fourteen players for the last twenty minutes or so of this entertaining replay.
Aided by the breeze in the opening half Sean Leahy pounced for a well taken goal to give Causeway the perfect start. Keith Carmody added a point but Brendan’s responded with four points in a row from to leave the sides level after eight minutes. Then in the 14th minute, corner forward, Stephen Murphy, struck for Causeway’s second goal after a mixup in the Brendans defence.
Causeway’s best period of the game followed with Mark Murphy, Thomas Casey, Anthony Fealy and Paul McGrath (free) all finding the range and Tadhg Flynn did his bit at the back turning a Tom Moloney effort out for a ‘65’ in added time. John Egan kept St Brendan’s in touch with some excellent points both from play and placed balls and Causeway led by four points at the break, 2-5 to 0-7.
Causeway introduced Brandon Barrett for the start of the second half and he extended their advantage to five points. The second half was ten minutes old before Brendan’s grabbed their first score but then two points inside a minute from Egan narrowed the gap to three. Then in the 42nd minute Causeway’s big full forward, Sean Leahy, received his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card. Still it took a double save by Brendan’s goalie, Darren Delaney, in the 43rd minute to prevent Causeway from increasing their advantage.
An inspirational point from Darren Dineen, from over 90 metres in the 44th minute left just two points separating the sides but fourteen man Causeway continued to put up fierce resistance. Paul McGrath and Egan swopped points from placed balls and a point by Brendan’s midfielder, David Griffin, in the 55th minute cut the deficit to the minimum. Another Egan point from a free, his eight score of the evening, in the 57th minute put the sides on level terms for only the second time.
Finally, though, in the 60th minute wing forward Tim Hannafin struck a ground shot to the net to secure victory.
Brendan’s now meet Kilmoyley in round 2A of the Championship on Saturday July 29th and on the same evening Causeway will face Crotta O’ Neills in round 2B.
Teams and Scorers:
Causeway: Tadhg Flynn, Mark Murphy (0-1), Billy Lyons, Bryan Murphy, Eamon Fitzgerald, Thomas Casey (0-1), Tommy Barrett, Jason Leahy, Muiris Delaney, Paul McGrath (0-2f), Colum Harty, Anthony Fealy (0-1), Keith Carmody (0-1), Sean Leahy (1-0), Stephen Murphy (1-0).
Subs: Padraig Harty for Eamon Fitzgerald (14m), Brandon Barrett (0-1) for Muiris Delaney (ht), John Mike Dooley for Colum Harty (55m) and Stephen Goggin for Brandon Barrett (60m).
St Brendans: Darren Delaney, Rory Horgan, Jerry Wallace, Fionan Horgan, Kevin Hannifin (0-1), Darren Dineen (0-1), Kevin Orpen, David Griffin (0-1), Seamus Skinner, Tim Hannafin (1-0), Tom Moloney (0-1), Kevin Skinner, Cian Hussey (0-1), Eric Leen, John Egan (Capt)(0-8,4f,1’65’).
Subs: Stephen Leen for Jerry Wallace (47m) and Padraig O’ Mahony for Kevin Skinner (49m).
Referee: Jason Mullins, Limerick.