Westcourt Cup Semi-Final16 May 2017
Westcourt Cup Semi-Final
Gritty Cashel overcome the Siege of Ennis
The Under 14 hurlers from Cashel Community School saw off a second half comeback from Rice College Ennis to claim an impressive victory and secure passage into the final of the Westcourt Cup. In a sun-drenched Cappamore the two teams served up a great game with Cashel edging it with a goal in the dying minutes from full-forward Callum Lawerence.
The game began at a rapid pace with the boys from Cashel coming out the better of the opening exchanges with points from Jamie Duncan and Callum Lawerence (free). While having the better of both territory and possession things were all square at 3 points each as the midway point of the first half arrived. From there on Cashel began to assert their dominance. 1-1 from midfielder Dion Gleeson including a super strike to the roof of the net as well as a point from Eoin Moloughney saw the men from Tipperary head in with a 3 point half-time lead 1-5 to 5 points. While they may have been pleased, in truth their lead could have been greater but for some wasteful wides and fine saves from the Ennis goalkeeper.
The opening exchanges of the second half mirrored those of the first with both teams exchanging points and no quarter being given, points from Lawerence and Cathal Quinn keeping Cashel in front. Rice College however were not going away and goaled midway through the second half to tie the game. Cashel responded with another from Jamie Duncan, and a Lawerence free but the boys from Ennis now had the momentum and drew the game level approaching the last five minutes 1-9 to 1-9. With the game in the melting pot Rice College goaled to lead by three with the clock ticking down. From here the men from Cashel showed great character and a fantastic never-say-die attitude. A point from Kyle Bourke showed that Cashel were not for turning. The vital winning score came a minute into injury time from Lawerence who beat the impressive Ennis goalkeeper with a bullet from an impossible angle. As referee Patsy Coffey blew his whistle there was both joy and pain to be seen after what was a great game of hurling played. Cashel held on to win by the minimum, 2-10 to 2-9.
A strong Youghal team await Cashel in the Westcourt Cup final which will see the Tipperary men seeking to gain revenge following a defeat to the same opposition in the qualifying rounds of the competition. What is sure is that this Cashel team possess the great quality of never knowing when they are beaten.
Callum Lawerence 1-4 (4 frees)
Dion Gleeson 1-1
Jamie Duncan 2 points
Cathal Quinn, Kyle Bourke and Eoin Moloughney 1 point each
Team – Dylan O’Grady, Jason O’Gorman, Ross Minogue, Cormac Casey, Cormac Carr, Thomas Fogarty, Ned Ryan, Dion Gleeson, Jamie Duncan, Alex Kozak, Kyle Bourke, Cathal Quinn, Colin Geraghty, Callum Lawerence, Eoin Moloughney. Subs – Jake Canny for Geraghty (50 mins) Donal Ryan, Jack Lonergan, Liam Corcoran, Jerry Buckley, Michael Hourigan, Kyle O’Brien, Ciaran O’Donnell, Ben Corcoran, Alex Dunne.