MAROONS MAKE THE PERFECT START BY LIAM O’SULLIVAN
Ardfinnan N.S. U13
hurlers got off to a winning start in their first game of the Championship.
Grangemockler travelled to Ardfinnan in a reverse of the same fixture last
year, which Ardfinnan had lost heavily. It wasn't looking good for the maroons
after the first 10 minutes. They were down a goal and a point very promptly and
when a second goal was conceded it was time to step up. Captain Eoin Wyse
worked tirelessly around the middle as did Philip Betts and Cian O Mahoney in
the full back line. But it was Ben Doyle who suddenly burst into action making
a brilliant run up the pitch before being fouled. This seemed to lift all on
the team. Ben himself scored 4 magnificent points from play in the remainder of
the first half, Eoin Wyse added a goal and Morgan Lambert plus kevi Burke
another to leave the sides level at half time, 2-3 to 1-6. Goalkeeper Aaron
Poliunas was getting better and better as the game moved on, hitting clever,
long puck outs, landing ball into the hands of Ben , Eoin and Morgan. With the
wind behind them Ardfinnan expected an easier second half. They did n't get it!
Among the players from Grangemockler who stood out were Conor Murphy, Ben
Comerford. and Darragh Lambe. They led by example and in the early part of the
half played the better hurling. They clearly had a lot more training done than
Ardfinnan , but the maroons had played a great campaign at Club last Summer,
losing the South Final by a single point, so they were n''t going to lie down.
Eoin Wyse was moved to full forward due to injury, Cian O Mahoney moved to the
centre , soon scoring a goal and a point. Jack O Neill poached an important
goal when he went in. At the other end Grangemockler scored 2 great points and
but for Aaron Poliunas would have added goals. It was Eoin Wyse , captain
showing constant leadership who broke the hearts of the visitors with a 3- goal
flurry that gave brave and skilful Grangemockler goalie Paidi O Shea no chance.
Others for Ardfinnan who played and did well were Liam Burke, Sean Cunningham
and Tadhg Carroll. It was a great first round win for the maroons , greatly
enjoyed by the supporters who watched, including Eoin Wyse's Uncle Eric , a
former player with the school and his family , back on holidays from Brisbane,