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Match Report: Under 16 Hurling Tournament, Kilkenny, 10 May 2014

posted 12 May 2014, 16:55 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 12 May 2014, 16:56 ]
The under 16 squad travelled to Kilkenny on Saturday to take part in the Vincent Morrissey Memorial tournament. Our group games were in Bennetsbridge which was presented in brilliant condition for the tournament and the weather delivered a mix of strong winds and intermittent heavy showers. This however didn't dampen the enthusiasm and the determination of our 18-strong panel.
The first game was against an accomplished De La Salle team from Waterford, an opposition that demanded a focused team effort, passion and intensity. The halftime score of 0-7 to 0-3 in our favour reflected both an intense performance and the benefit of a strong wind. De La Salle dominated the 2nd half scoring and the game finished level, 1-7 to 0-10. St. Martin's used the whole panel in extra time only to be beaten by 3 points in the end, 1-10 to 2-10.
The 2nd game was against the Co. Wicklow development squad and this saw an exquisite team performance by our lads. Each player delivered an exceptional first half performance which gave us a 0-10 to 0-1 lead for us. This gave the platform for all the subs to play again and this only enhanced the team performace resulting in a final winning score of 0-12 to 1-2. This win gave us a place in the 2014 Shield Final in the history-steeped James Stephens pitch in "The Village".
The final was against the Carlow Development Squad who had done very well in their playoff group. The atmosphere was brilliant with Jackie Tyrell and the Morrissey family in attendance to present the trophies to the winners. The match started with great intensity with St. Martin's opening the scoring with 2 great goals leading to a halftime score in our favour of 2-2 to 1-2. The 2nd half started with a goal from Carlow to tie up the game but this sparked a renewed St. Martin's intensity which, coupled with energetic panel introductions, delivered another 6 points to Carlow's 1-1 to ensure a deserved win for our boys by 2 points.
This was a brilliantly organised event and we are all very proud of our under 16 St. Martin's squad who were deserving 2014 Shield winners.