Juniors live to fight another day.

In this local derby, St. Martin’s and Erin’s Own battled it out in the second round of the Junior Championship.  The St. Martin’s line out got off to a flying start working up a 3 point lead with points from Shane Kinsella, Bryan Byrne and Luke Maher before Erin’s Own got off the mark.  However, with all of our half forward line of Tom Morrissey, Brian Mulhall and Shane Kinsella picking off points along with Luke Maher and Bryan Byrne scoring, St. Martin’s kept ahead of the Comer brigade.  Just before half time, the towering and hard working Brian Mulhall was lost to injury after sustaining a hard knock and with that came the half time whistle to leave the score St. Martin’s 0-14 to Erin’s Own 0-7.  In the second half, a gallant Erin’s Own side came out fighting to whittle down the deficit.  They came within 1 point of the leaders when they got a goal to leave the score at 0-16 to 1-12.  It was an exciting finish as both sides gathered all they had to make it to the next stage.  Once again, Bryan Byrne and Shane Kinsella steadied the ship with the last two scores as St. Martin’s ran out winners on a scoreline of 0-18 to Erin’s Own 1-13.

Team: Jason Shore, Aidan Murphy, Brendan Maher, Brian Cadigan, Noel D’arcy, Bryan Byrne (0-4), Mick Morrissey, Paddy Dowling, Luke Maher (0-4), Tom Morrissey (0-1), Brian Mulhall (0-2), Shane Kinsella (0-6), Kieran Kelly, Paul Maher, Donal Shore(0-1)

Subs: David Breen (used), Martin Dowling (used), Eugene Maher, Shane Egan, James Kelly, Conor Dowling, David Walsh.

Team Management: Anthony Maher, Aidan Lawlor, Nicholas Purcell.

Referee: Maurice Flynn

03rd September 2013