Hurlers lose All Ireland Semi after extra-time battle15 Mar 2011
Our Senior hurlers were defeated in their All Ireland Semi Final at the weekend on a scoreline of 2-10 to 11 points after extra time. Cashel struggled to get on top of this tight game and at the final whistle were level 9 points a piece with St. Raphael's of Loughrae.
Well done to the team and mentors who have done so much to raise school pride and spirit and have given us so much to cheer about this year.
After sixty minutes of full-blooded hurling in Clarina on last Saturday, Cashel Community School and St. Raphael’s, Loughrea, were locked together on nine points each. It was a fair indication of the pattern of the game and of the sticky underfoot conditions.This was a senior hurling All-Ireland semi-final and extra time was scheduled. Loughrea got the breaks during this added period and emerged winners.
In regular time, Loughrea opened well, notching two early points but gradually Cashel got into gear and levelled only for St. Raphael’s, with the wind behind them, to edge ahead again. With both defences on top, scores were hard come by. At half-time the Galway boys led by five points to four.
The second half was an equally tight affair. Immediately from the start, Loughrea tacked on a point and for the next twenty minutes both sides traded hard earned points as well as missing some chances. Cashel had the better of the argument for the final ten minutes, holding Loughrea scoreless in this period while adding two further points to their own tally to level the match at nine points each. Then, while in the driving seat, they had three shots for the winning point but all three tailed wide.
In extra time, Loughrea broke the deadlock with a goal just before half-time. Within a few minutes of the resumption they had added a point and a goal. To their credit, Cashel fought until the final whistle, adding two points but could not find a way through for the vital goals. Final score aet: Loughrea 2 – 10, CCS 0 – 11.
This Community School panel of hurlers can hold their heads high. They have achieved Munster honours at senior level – a first for CCS – and represented their province with credit on last Saturday. Special mention must be made of the outstanding performances delivered in Clarina by goalkeeper Damien Hayes, defenders James Ryan W., Kevin Moloney, Aiden O’Connell and Michael Fox and upfront by Cathal Morrissey and Josh Keane while Johnny Grogan’s free-taking was productive. In truth all other wearers of blue and gold worked very hard but found it difficult to make headway against worthy opponents.
Team: Damien Hayes, James Ryan W., Kevin Moloney, Aiden O’Connell, Simon Delaney, Cathal Quigley, Michael Fox, Conor Conneally, Kevin O’Donnell, Johnny Grogan capt., Cathal Morrissey, Josh Keane, Kieran Carroll, Pa Ryan, Dean Thompson. Subs used: Michael K. O’Dwyer, Paudie Slattery. Scorers: Johnny Grogan 0 – 7 (6 frs), Cathal Morrissey, Josh Keane, Pa Ryan, K. O’Donnell 0 – 1 each.