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Junior A's fall just short

posted 30 Jun 2012, 13:33 by Unknown user
JJ Kavanagh and Sons Northern Junior A Hurling championship third round
Young Irelands 1-10      Graigue Ballycallan 1-11
After victory over St Martins in the second round Gowran were faced with the task of taking on the Northern League champions in Graigue Ballycallan. Unfortunately their efforts fell short with just one point between the teams at the whistle.
With a strong breeze blowing into the Goresbridge end goal it was always going to be a case of each team dominating one half. Irelands took to the field in the first half with the wind at their backs. Jody Foley scored the first point from play in the first minute and JP Treacy added a free in the 3rd before Graigue Ballycallan replied with a point in the 5th. Treacy added three more frees (6th, 8th and 18th minutes). Then in the 24th minute a high ball into the Irelands square was turned to the net by the Ballycallan full forward. This seemed to rouse the Gowran men though as Treacy added two frees (24th and 26th minutes), Thomas Carroll added a point (27th minute) and Charlie Carter repeated the earlier Ballycallan feat of turning a high ball past the on rushing keeper (29th minute) to leave the score Young Irelands up 1-8 to 1-1 at the break.
The second half began with six unanswered Ballycallan points in the 31st, 32nd, 34th, 37th, 40th and 44th minutes. JP Treacy pointed a free in the 45th to break the trend but Graig had added four more points in the 45th, 49th, 51st and 54th minutes to leave Gowran looking for two points to level things before the finish. They did manage one as Charlie Carter pointed in the 57th minute but no more came in the final three minutes giving Graig Ballycallan the narrowest of victories.

Team; James O'Neill, Ger Corcoran, Jack Glendon, Patrick Drennan, Martin Carter, Willie Bolger, Eoin Walsh, Paul Delahaunty, Michael Lennon, Jody Foley (0-1), Thomas Carrol (0-1), JP Treacy (0-7, 7f), Charlie Carter (1-1), Peter Carroll, Eoin Farrell subs; Alan Drennan for Eoin Farrell (45 min), Danny Glendon, Liam Drea, Declan Bennett
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