Championship win for Intermediates
St. Brigids Blackwater 1-16 v 0-13 Rathgarogue/Cushinstown
A huge sense of relief at the final whistle as the lads finally got a championship win which felt like a long time coming. While the hurling wasn’t pretty, it was a tough physical battle and all that mattered in the end was the final scoreline and to get 2 points on the board.
There was a huge wind which influenced proceedings throughout the match and it was Blackwater, in there green and gold strip who elected to play with the wind after Mick Lillis won the toss. Cushinstown got the first score before Mick Lillis replied almost immediately after a handpass from James Dooley. 4 minutes later we had the lead that we wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of game Diarmaid slotting over from distance. James Dooley repeated the trick two minutes later after the dusher done well to win back the ball in the corner. Cushintown replied before a Lillis free put two between the sides again. Dean Whelan, who had an excellent game at wing forward scored and then Mick Lillis with the wind scored from midfield. At this stage with 15 gone, the lads only had one wide and scores from distance were going over. Cushinstown again replied from a free before Mick replied from a placed ball. With 10 minutes to go, we only lead by 3 and then came the most crucial part of the game. With 7 left Diarmaid slotted from near the sideline before Dean Whelan also scored a brilliant score, soloing past two Cushinstown players before hitting it over the black spot from on the sideline in front of a large Blackwater crowd. Just before half time, Din Brien had a goal chance but his shot rose high and just over the bar. In the last 10 minutes the game went from just a slender 3 point gap to a 6 point lead.
A big 30 minutes needed, and we got off to a great start, a low ball into Paul at full forward was caught and he was wrestled to the ground. Mick put over the free before Cushinstown responded immediately. Cushinstown started to get into the game and were guilty of hitting two bad wides before they put over a free. Dean Whelan relived the pressure yet again before Diarmuid put 7 between the sides after great work from Dean Whelan at wing forward. Cushinstown scored 2 in a row before the game changer. A free in from Mick dropped short and Paul won the ball. Unfortunately he couldn’t get the shot away but after a goal mouth scramble, between Shane, Denis Carroll and Diarmuid the ball ended up in the net with Denis Carroll claiming the goal after the match, after telling a number of club members or anyone that would listen that he got the final touch. Cushinstown responded well scoring two in a row before Mick kept them at a distance with a free. They scored almost immediately before they finally got a goal chance. The ball was played across to the full forward who was standing free but with Peter baring down on him, he managed to scoop it over the bar, much to the relief of the large Blackwater brigade. Cushinstown again put two frees over and with 7 still left we needed a score badly. James Dooley obliged to put the game back out to 5 on the stroke of the 30 minutes before Mick put over a free on the final whistle.
It was a very physical game from start to finish and there were a few players who really stood up including Dean Whelan and Diarmaid Murphy who both really got the vital scores when needed, and all the backs won there individual battles during the game. The next Intermediate hurling game is against Adamstown in two weeks time.
1. Peter O’Brien. 2. Ennae Carroll. 3. Lar Lacey. 4. Richard Blake. 5. Brian Dooley. 6. Darren Byrne. 7. Kevin O’Brien. 8. Mick Lillis (c) (0-7, 0-5 frees). 9. Denis O’Brien (0-1). 10. Diarmuid Murphy (0-3). 11. Denis Carroll (1-0). 12. Dean Whelan (0-3). 13. Dylan Dixon. 14. Paul O’Leary. 15. James Dooley (0-2)
Subs used: Mossie O’Brien for Ennae Carroll, injury, Shane O’Leary for Dylan Dixon.