We played our first Championship match on Wed. 28th against Naomh Brid. It was a fine evening and we had a good game of hurling. We started well with slight wind advantage and scored good early points from Cathal O’Neill and Shane O’Connor.
Naomh Brid scored a goal and a point but good play from Sam O’Donnell, Richard Murphy, Thomas Shanahan meant we had the advantage with good quality ball getting up to the forwards.
Brendan Power and Colin Coughlan were showing well for the ball and Conor Godfrey started to get on top of the full back. Conor scored two good goals and we led at half time 2:6 to 1:3.
In previous matches we have been sluggish after half time and the coaches emphasised at half time the importance of keeping working hard for each other. Naomh Brid came more into the play but the full back line of Barry Moore, Jack Dalton and Padraig Byrnes were giving good protection to Rory Hannon who played well in goals.
James Conheady, Donnacha Connolly ,Ciaran Humphries continued to work hard . Joshua Skehan Fitzgerald and Colin Haigney worked hard after coming on to stem the tide.
We seemed to tire a bit and Naomh Brid hit the front with a few minutes to go with a goal. Our heads did not drop and we continued to press forward. We were unlucky when a good delivery hit the upright . The game was very much in the melting pot at this stage and in a melee of players , despite getting a belt on the knee, Conor Godfrey whipped a ball to the net to leave us one point up entering stoppage time.
Naomh Brid responded and pressed hard for an equaliser but we held out to win by one point on a score-line of 3:9 to 4:5
This win was well deserved and reward for all the hard work done over past few months.
Our squad on the night was: Ethan Hennessy, Cian Enright, Rory Hannon, Padraig Byrnes, Jack Dalton, Barry Moore, Thomas Shanahan, Richard Murphy, Sam O’Donnell, James Conheady, Donnacha Connolly, Colin Coughlan, Shane O’Connor, Brendan Power, Cathal O’Neill, Conor Godfrey, Ciaran Humphries, Colin Haigney, Joshua Skehan Fitzgerald.