U17s lose by just a minimum in epic encounter

St.Brigids Blackwater 1-10 v 0-14 HWH Bunclody/Davidstown-Courtnacuddy

The U17s were very unlucky in this premier hurling championship fifth round tie in a warm Blackwater pitch in front of a very large home crowd. Our lads were missing Patrick O’Connor and of course Jason Wallace who has been a long term injury. We played with the wind in the first half and tore into at the amalgamated team with a monumental effort in the first 30 minutes with the boys off their feet at half time. We started at a blistering pace, registering the first 4 scores with Brian Og showing his efficiency from frees and play. Bunclody finally got on the board after 10 minutes  but things got even better when Johnny O’Toole won a puc out after the 16 minutes managing to flick it into Mossys path, the centre forward ran from the 50 and couldnt be stopped as he shot low to the net to a large roar from the home crowd. Bunclody came back with two frees and had a great goal chance only for Adam Cullen to make a strong save and clear the ball. We kept them at a distance with scores from Shane and a couple of Brian Og frees  had us at the turn leading by 6.

Bunclody notched the first score of the second period but our lads were able to keep them at a distance with the score still at 6 points with 15 minutes left. Bunclody started to have a purple patch and the score was down to 4 points with just 8 left after two frees. They kept picking off points and they finally leveled the game with just two left on the clock and then they got the winning score at the start of injury time. Our lads had two late chances for scores from a 65 and a free but both were from distance and they drifted wide. So while the lads lost this encounter they still qualify for the Premier Quarter finals against Naomh Eanna or Faythe Harriers depending on results which I believe is a first for our minors at premier level by ourselves (someone might confirm this). The last three games for these groups of lads of been exciting to say the last with the ladst two wins being by just a point showing how competitive this grade is.  The lads still have one game to play against Shelmaliers on the 6th August away before the quarter final.

 Team: 1. Adam Cullen. 2. James Cullen. 3. Adam Murphy. 4. Ben Cullen. 5. Bryan Mooney. 6. Feidhlim Roche (c). 7. Ollie Murphy. 8. Kealan Fikentscher 9. Johnny O’Toole  10. Josh Culleton  11. Tomas Murphy (1-1). 12. Ross Berry (0-1). 13. Brian Óg Curran (0-7 0-5 f). 14. Shane Lynch (0-1). 15. Don Redmond

Subs: Jonathan Blake, Seamus Walsh, Rían Salmon