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29th September 2011

posted 29 Sep 2011, 15:02 by Unknown user   [ updated 29 Sep 2011, 15:07 by Mark Evans ]
Under-12 Hurling League
St James' 3-5 St Oliver Plunkett's 0-7 
In a week when only the U12 hurlers of St James’ took to the pitch, attention was focussed to the up-and-coming talent, and it can be reported that the youngsters continue to make good progress. A foggy Ardfield was the venue for a league meeting with St Oliver Plunkett’s, and though St James’ were victors, this was a tighter game than that suggested by the final score.

A strong performance by Plunkett’s in the first half gave them a three-point half-time lead, and it might have been more but for some great saves by goalkeeper Gary Lombard and four or five near-misses by Ahiohill.

St James’ signalled their intention to pick it up right from the second-half throw-in: they fought harder and started to spend more time in the opposition’s half of the field. Corrie Beatty was outstanding, winning a lot of possession and scoring a well-taken point. Gary Lombard came out of goal for the second half and had easily his best game this year, during which he scored a free from the halfway line. Conor Hayes ran through the Ahiohill defence and created many goal-scoring opportunities for his team mates. What might have been the best goal of the game came when Criostóir Hayes lashed on the sliotar first time only for the umpires to adjudge the ball wide before it came across to him. However, three legitimate goals for St James’ ensured the win, with Frank Meaney showing off his soccer skills when scoring the third and final goal.

Though Plunkett’s did have their chances, replacement keeper Harry Oates was up to the challenge on each occasion. Andrew Whelton, Michael White, Eoin Lombard, Ciarán Whelband, Jack Creagh and Pádraig O’Donovan were solid in defence, while Seán White dominated the midfield battles. Niall O’Donovan and Daniel O’Driscoll had good games in the half-forward line, and Criostóir Hayes and Fionn McPeake seemed to enjoy their new roles in the forward line.

Panel: Gary Lombard, Andrew Whelton (captain), Michael White, Eoin Lombard, Ciarán Whelband, Fionn McPeake, Seán White, Daniel O’Driscoll, Niall O’Donovan, Frank Meaney, Conor Hayes, Harry Oates, Criostóir Hayes, Jack Creagh, Corrie Beatty, Pádraig O’Donovan