U 16 Hurling League (6th April 2013, Ardfield)
Mentors Patrick O’Sullivan and Kieran Barry can we pleased enough with their charges performance, particularly a first half that saw them lead 1-8 to 0-3 but can be equally disappointed that a sleepy and sometimes sloppy opening fifteen minutes second half of play, allowed Carbery Rangers steal victory at St. James’ Park last Saturday afternoon. While it is acknowledged that the Ardfield outfit were missing key players due to injury on and off the field (Cian McPeake unavailable as he recovers from an eye issue and Peter Walsh confined to goalkeeping duty while carrying a very painful groin injury), the players themselves will accept that they let this one slip away from them. All St. James’ scores came from the ash of either James Taylor or Jack Oates, nine in the first but only three (2-1) in the second with Rangers being allowed to find their feet in that quarter of an hour of play in the second half, pegging the hosts right back and ultimately taking a one-point lead, 2-6 to 1-8. A further two goals for St. James and 1-2 for Carbery Rangers saw the match tied at 3-8 each, before the visitors took complete control clocking up a further two goals and a point to Ardfield’s single point. Score of the match went to James Taylor who superbly pointed from almost the halfway line on a full pitch . While it may be classed as one that got away St. James can be pleased enough to know that on the basis of that first half-performance, they can contain their opposition particularly given that Rangers destroyed them at this level last season – and that they will not fear them when Championship comes around later in the year.
Panel: Peter Walsh, Eoin Lombard, Joe O’Sullivan, Peter Whelton, Conor Scully, Alan Butler, Seán O’Reilly, James Taylor, Conor frost, Jack Oates, Sean White