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Match report: Minor hurling away v. Glynn Barntown, 23 March 2014

posted 24 Mar 2014, 03:17 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 24 Mar 2014, 03:17 ]

Glynn-Barntown 2-11  St. Martin's 1-13

In a largely entertaining 2nd round of the Minor Hurling Championship on Sunday morning in Killurin, Glynn-Barntown came out the right side of one point game. In a well-officiated match Glynn-Barntown started the better of the two teams and took their chances more efficiently than their St. Martin's counterparts. Despite some good hurling out the field the Martin's failed to supply their inside line with sufficient supply of ball and subsequently failed to capitalise on their possession. Glynn-Barntown however played a more direct style of hurling and, with wind advantage, they built up a half-time lead of 1-6 to 0-3.

A determined and better focused Martin's team took the field in the second half and began to play a more direct style of hurling with Joe O'Connor scoring inside and Harry O'Connor being a creative force at centre forward. The hard working and industrious Mikey Coleman, who captained the side, was a considerable force in midfield and he was greatly assisted by Darragh Kenny, Jake Firman and Darren Codd. Despite a late rally by the Martin's they could never draw level however. Two minutes before the end with the Martin's pushing hard for the equalising point, a long clearance from David Clarke was slammed home by an opportunistic Glynn forward which put four points in it. A bright note going forward was the alertness of Dylan Byrne to spot Jake Firman who struck a long ball towards Darren Codd, Codd after shipping some considerable knocks offloaded to Mikey Coleman who kicked home. Once more there was just a point in it but time had elapsed for the Martin's and the referee blew for full time from the puck-out.

Going forward there are plenty of positives to take from the game as well as some things to work on but one thing abundantly clear is the competitiveness of this Minor Hurling Championship and the considerable challenge it will provide.