Martin’s into final.

St. Martin’s and Young Ireland’s went head to head in Clara Gaa Grounds this evening in the Alyward Cup semi-final.  On a dark, wet evening, the early exchanges were close. as they matched each other with points.  However, the breakthrough came for Martin’s 10 minutes in when the ball was dropped into the square and Tom Breen connected with it to send it to the net.  With that welcome boost for the team,  they ploughed on making and taking their scores.  The half time score stood at 1-8 to Young Ireland’s 0-8.  The second half was a dogged affair with Young Ireland’s piling on the pressure scoring 2 goals of their own and went 5 points up.  Whilst their last score came with 10 minutes left, St. Martin’s took advantage creating scores to reduce the deficit.  A second goal came for the men from the hills when a long ball was sent in and David Breen caught it and finished it to the net while coming under pressure.  The St. Martin’s men won out winners by the narrowest of margins 2-15 to Young Ireland’s 2-14.  They now progress to the final where they await the winners of the second semi-final.

Team: Colin McGrath, Brendan Maher, Ollie Walsh, Shane Cadigan, Niall Moran, Bryan Byrne (0-1), James Maher, Thomas Breen (1-3), Canice Maher (0-1), Paul Maher (0-1), Joe Maher, David Breen (1-0), John Maher (0-7), Robert Shore (0-2).

Subs: Paddy Nolan, Eoin McGrath, Shane Kinsella, (all used) also: Jason Shore, Eugene Maher, Donal Shore, Noel D’arcy, Brian Cadigan.

Team management: Charlie Carter, Richie McCarthy, Aidan Lawlor

Referee: Paul Hunston

14th August 2013