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JHC Round 4 St Patricks 1-13 Ballinkillen 2-8

posted 18 Aug 2015, 02:13 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow

This fourth round of the league stage of the Junior Hurling Championship took place at Bro. Leo Park on Friday 17thJuly. This was a real hearty championship game that had it all; great scores, good tackling, hard hits, excitement, red cards, great support and a sunny evening to cap it all off. Ballinkillen opened the scoring with Colin Bolger flicking over a nice score (he went on to score 4 points in the game) before John Metcalfe hit a double for the home side to give Pats a lead they held for the whole match. The half time score was 1-6 to 0-5, with the goal coming from St Pats full forward Shane Farrell who grabbed a high ball and turned under pressure to kick the ball football style to the roof of the net. Paul Shepard scored one point from a wide angle with the other 5 coming from Metcalfe. A big talking point in the first half was the sending off of Pats centre forward Ruan Caffery. Caffery had fouled a few times in a row and when the umpire called the ref in the result was a red card. This left St Pats with 14 men from the 25th minute of the game.

Jim Sheppard fired his men up at half time and challenged them all to raise their game and fight extra hard to give it all in the second half. The team duly responded! However, the opening score of the second half was a goal by Tommy Cummins for Ballinkillen to put the scores at 1-6 to 1-5. Paul Rooney came on as a sub and fought hard with Dooley, O’Brien, Farrell and Sheppard in the forward line. Metcalfe put Pats back in the driving seat soon after with a brace instead two minutes. The game was close throughout with Ballinkillen clawing Pats back to a single point on a few occasions but Pats kept fighting back. On 56 minutes the visitors had the ball in the back of the net to leave a single point between the sides once again. This left a tense finish until Metcalfe slotted over the last score of the game from a free on 61 minutes to give Pats a deserved victory.

To a man, the 14 St Pats hurlers worked tirelessly in the second half to win frees, hook, block and get vital scores. The injured Eoin O’Toole went in goal and did very well. The full back line cleared a world of ball, with young Ryan O’Neill having his best game to date, the wing backs covering acres of ground. Cooper at centre back had a fine game while Murphy and Metcalfe in midfield battled and battled. Metcalfe was the key player once again hitting over frees and some fine scores from play. The next game for the hurlers is mid August as the football championship gets into swing in the coming weeks.

Pats Team: Eoin O’Toole, Dave Brady, Richie O’Leary, Ryan O’Neill, Denis Kelly, Kieran Cooper, Richie Cooper, John Metcalfe(0-11), Padraig Murphy, Paul Sheppard(0-2), Ruan Caffery, G. Dooley, John O’Brien, Shane Farrell(1-0), Robbie Rooney.

Pats subs used; Paul Rooney.