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Match report: Minor hurling v Harriers, Sunday 16 March 2014

posted 16 Mar 2014, 11:12 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 16 Mar 2014, 11:13 ]
St. Martin's 4-15  Faythe Harriers 2-8

Despite the scoreline suggesting a convincing win for the Martins, there were spells in this game where the Harriers hurled well and had the Martins under real pressure. With strong centre-back Ciaran Kirwan linking well with Nicky  Lawlor in midfield the Harriers hit some nice ball into Turk Kearney at full forward. Due to effective and organised defending from Johnny Hamilton, ably assisted by his two corner backs, the Harriers danger man was kept largely quiet however. While both teams struggled to settle it was the free taking of Jake Firman that pushed the Martins ahead. In fact it was the same player that struck the vital score of the first half with virtually the last puck of the ball. Jake smashed home a 21after the donkey work was largely done by Harry O'Connor. The half time score read 1-9 to 0-3 in favour of the Martins. 

The second half started well for us and scores continued to come from both placed balls and play. The Harriers continued to work however and their perseverance was rewarded with two quick-fire goals. One was a powerfully hit 21-yard free and the other an opportunistic ground stroke by the formidable Conor Halligan. Despite this the Martins regained their dominance through the calm and composed hurling of Joe O'Connor, Aaron Maddock and Conor Firman. The final ten minutes saw the Martins drive on with the introduction of the full complement of subs. Indeed sub contributions accounted for 3-2 in the final minutes. The match finished in favour of the Martins on a scoreline of 4-15 to 2-8.

Definitely a case of tús maith, leath na hoibre in the minor hurling championship and we will try to build on this with an away game to Glynn Barntown on Sunday March 30th at 11.30.