Last second score wins premier tie for minor hurlers
Rathgarogue/Cushinstown 2-10 v 1-14 St. Brigids Blackwater
A pulsating finish to this minor premier hurling tie on a very sun kissed venue in Cushinstown with Tomas Murphy scoring a 35th minute point to win the game. The lads were also missing a number players through injury and holidays.
While the first half was a slow affair, our lads played with a stiff wind in the first half and made all the early running, leading 6 points to 2 after 14 minutes. We had a great goal chance after 5 minutes when an Ollie ball found its way to Pad O’Connor after a good move but his goal bound shot from the 30 was well saved. We had all the early pressure with 3 wides on the board but disaster struck before the 15 minute water break when a high ball in wasnt death with and was pulled low to the net. Pad exchanged a free with Cushinstown before they scored a second goal, again a high ball in was caught and the shot gave Adam no chance in the goal. We exchanged frees before the half time break with us losing by 3 facing into a wind.
Our lads though rose to the occasion in the second half with a Pad free bringing the score back to two. We hit two more wides before a 65 for R/C put the score back to 3. We had an excellent chance for a goal when Mossy finally got a run at the full back and hand passed across to Shane but unfortunately he couldnt get the shot away and was blocked. Shane didn’t miss with his next chance though. With 45 minutes gone, a high ball in to him and there was only going to be one winner as he got the flick to the ball so shake the net. Sides level and then Johnny O’Toole put us into the lead before yet again Cushinstown equalised. Mossy scored before Cushinstown took the lead with 8 to go and were two points in front heading towards injury time from there excellent free taker. Not for the first time this year our lads show there best hurling when under pressure with firstly a Pad free and then he levelled on 33 minutes (Pad took a heavy knock with 15 to go, but played on injured). On the puc out they won the ball but fouled it for over carrying so one final chance, much to the annoyance of the Rathgarogue crowd. Adam Murphy gave the free his best and unfortunately it dropped short but thank fully the rebound of Shanes hurl fell to the county minor and he had a little bit of work to do to point. The referee blew on the puc out with the lads preforming the great escape yet again.
Team: 1. Adam Cullen. 2. Ben Cullen. 3. Adam Murphy. 4. Seamus Walsh. 5. Brian Mooney. 6. Feidhlim Roche. 7. Kealan Fikentscher. 8. Johnny O’Toole (0-1). 9. Patrick O’Connor (0-8, 0-6 free 0-1 65). 10. Josh Culleton. 11. Tomas Murphy (0-5). 12. Ollie Murphy. 13. Don Redmond. 14. Shane Lynch (1-0). 15. Brian Óg Curran
Subs: Ciaran Cash and Rian Salmon