Senior Hurling League vs. Tullaroan Rd.2

On an extremely windy but mostly dry afternoon in Jenkinstown, St. Martins’s took on Tullaroan in front of a large crowd.  The first two scores of the game belonged to the Tullaroan side as Padraig Walsh and a Mark Walsh free got their side off the mark.   However, St. Martin’s kicked into gear, assisted with a strong breeze,  with lovely scores from John Maher Bryan Byrne, Paul Maher and John Mulhall.  Tullaroan tried to reduce their deficit with further points from Mark Walsh and Shane Walsh (St. Martin’s 0-9, Tullaroan 0-5). John Maher added 2 points for Martin’s while Paul Buggy slotted one over for Tullaroan.  When the referee penalised the Tullaroan keeper for delaying the puck out, after warning him numerous times, he threw in the ball and there was stale mate.  As he was going to throw in the ball again, a meleé ensued which ran on for some minutes.  Once play resumed,  John Maher added one final point to leave the half time score St. Martins 0-12 Tullaroan 0-6.  In the second half, both teams  came out and gave it their all.  In the first ten minutes, Tullaroan held Martin’s scoreless whilst adding two points of their own courtesy of Martin Walsh and Peter Walshe.  A Colin McGrath free kick-started St. Martin’s scoring once again.  Shane Kinsella delivered a lovely ball into John Maher in the corner who in turn gave a lovely pass to brother Paul who finished it over the bar. (0-14 to Tullaroan’s 0-8)  But some say never to write off Tullaroan as in the next minute and a half, they had got to within 2 points of St. Martin’s scoring 1-1.  Mark Walsh been the goal scorer.  However to prove that goals don’t always win games, St. Martin’s went on the offensive with John Maher, Mick Morrissey, Paul Maher, Colin McGrath and John Mulhall all adding points to extend the lead once again.  Martin’s suffered a set back when corner back James Maher had to be stretchered off the field following a tackle from a Tullaroan player.  Tullaroan managed three further points, two free’s from the stick of Mark Walsh and one from county player, Tommy Walsh to leave the full time score St. Martin’s 0-24, Tullaroan 1-12.

Team: Colin McGrath (0-3), James Maher, Ollie Walsh, Paddy Dowling, Bryan Byrne (0-1), Paddy Nolan, James Dowling, Canice Maher, Mick Morrissey (0-1), Eoin McGrath, Brian Mulhall (0-1), John Mulhall (0-4), Paul Maher (0-4), John Maher (0-10), Shane Kinsella.

Subs: Jason Shore, Aidan Murphy(used), David Breen(used), Thomas Breen(used), Paddy Brennan, Noel D’arcy, Shane Cadigan, Adrian Farrell, Donal Shore, Brian Cadigan, Luke Maher, Jack Dowling, Shane Egan, Eugene Maher, Thomas Walsh, Robert Shore.

Team Management: Charlie Carter, Richard O’Shea, Aidan Lawlor, Ronan Ruane

First-Aid/Physio: Cathal Garvan

Referee: Eugene Ryan

11th May 2014