Match Report from All County Hurling League Rd. 1, many thanks to our club P.R.O Robert Tierney for an excellent review of an entertaining game.
Winning start for Hurlers in the All County Hurling League Division 7 Round 1. Clonard 0:13 v 0:10 Marschalstown Clonard got off to a winning start in the ACHL Division 7 encounter with Marschalstown. Soft under foot but otherwise a perfect day for hurling and it was clear from the get go that Roy Colemans men were up for the task and went about it with no little enthusiasm and effort. In fact the Clonard boys were never behind in a game that never had more than 3 or 4 points between the sides. In a close fought first half the free taking skills of Mark O’ Connor were vital and he remained steady throughout. The indiscretions were caused time and again by the Clonard boys getting first to the ball and Mark pushed the advantage home by punishing Marschalstown from the dead ball. David Beary was taking some great scores from play and the defence was obviously frustrating the Marschalstown effort by their constant tackling, closing down and winning back ball. The sides separated at the break with a 2 point advantage to Clonard. Marschalstown did make a bid to get back on level terms on the resumption and closed the gap to one point midway through the half but one of the most satisfying elements of Clonards play was how they responded with 3 unanswered points. The best score of the match came in that period when a brilliantly worked team move from the half back line was finished off with a fine point from play from the stick of Mark O’Connor. Some sterling performers on the day included David Beary, Mark O’Connor and Darren Dempsey but all in all nobody was found wanting for commitment and effort. A very satisfying start to their campaign therefore and the boys are already looking forward to the next round. Watch this space for dates and venues of next rounds. Well done boys and onwards and upwards. The victorious Clonard Team 13.03.2016 V Marschalstown: M.Gordon, M. Kelly, S.Flood, D. Dempsey, C. Edwards, B. Sheridan, M. Kavanagh, M. O’Connor (0:07) C. Browne, D. Murray, J. Browne, R. Cleary, D. Beary (0:05), A. Roche (0:01) S. Miller. Subs: R. Murray R. O’Connor, D. Broaders. Manager: R. Coleman Selectors: M. Power, M. Gordon.