Munster Final Beckons for Senior Hurlers10 Feb 2011
On Tuesday 1st February, our Senior hurlers defeated a much fancied Mallow team to reach the Munster Final on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-11. This is another fantastic win for the school. These boys are going from strenght to strength and many of them will also represent the school in the up coming Munster Football Final.
Kilfinnane in County Limerick was a happy hunting ground for the Community School’s senior hurters last week when they overcame Patrician Academy, Mallow, in the semi-final of the Corn Phadraig on a scoreline of 4 – 10 to 1 – 11.
Cashel got into their stride early, with points from Cathal Morrissey and Dean Thompson and a goal by Pa Ryan. However, Mallow kept in touch with points and drew level on the twentieth minute 1 – 2 to 0 – 5. Cashel ended a barren twelve minute spell with a flurry of scores before half-time: Dean Thompson, fed by Kieran Carroll, rattled in a goal, Josh Keane added two points from play, Jonathan Grogan pointed from a free and then tight combination between Jonathan, Pa Ryan and Kieran Carroll saw the latter bag a goal to leave the interval score in favour of CCS : 3 – 5 to 0 – 6.
Cashel continued the good work in the early stages of the second half with two pointed frees from Johnny Grogan and a goal by Dean Thompson. Yet again Mallow responded strongly with a goal and three points in quick succession. Aided by a stiffening breeze, in the final quarter they mounted wave after wave of attack on the Cashel rearguard but the Tipp men defended with their lives, conceding only two points while up front Jonathan Grogan kept the ship steady with two points of his own and Dean Thompson capped it all with yet another.
This was a stirring performance by the entire Cashel team. Earlier in the competition Mallow had defeated CCS by one point but on this occasion they were overwhelmed by the total team play of the young men from Cashel. Damien Hayes in goal was cool and safe, the full back line of James Ryan, Kevin Moloney and Aidan O’Connell were rock solid, the half line of Michael O’Dwyer, Cathal Quigley and Michael Fox contained their men well, midfielders Dylan Fitzell and Kevin O’Donnell won their battle and all six forwards were industrious and clinical, with Cathal Morrissey excelling in the role of playmaker.
Cashel will meet either Dungarvan CBS or St. Anne’s, Killaloe, in the final on Saturday 26th February. All support will be appreciated.
Team: D. Hayes, J. Ryan, K. Moloney, A. O’Connell, M. O’Dwyer, C. Quigley, M. Fox, K. O’Donnell, D. Fitzell, J. Grogan, C. Morrissey, J. Keane, K. Carroll, P. Ryan, D. Thompson. Scorers: Dean Thompson 2 – 1, Jonathan Grogan 0 – 5 (4 fs, 1.65), Kieran Carroll 1 – 1, Pa Ryan 1 – 0, Josh Keane 0 – 2, Cathal Morrissey 0 – 1.
The final is expected to take place on Saturday 26th February. Well done to all involved.