Red FM Intermediate Hurling League
Tues. March 12th.

Blackrock 1 – 18 V 1 – 13 Castlelyons @ Church Road @ 19.30 (Under Lights ).​

Report:  Roger ryan

Our Intermediate hurlers got their current league campaign off to a flying start when they overcame a strong challenge from Castlelyons at windswept Church Road on Tuesday night, to emerge winners by 5 points on a score of Rockies 1 – 18, Castlelyons 1 – 13.

Playing against a strong wind in the first half, our boys put in a sterling shift with the backline particularly prominent. Richie Laide looked like a man in training for the Olympics with his regular forays up the field, feeding the eager forwards who took full advantage of the supply and finished the half with 1 – 10 to Castlelyons 1 – 06.

Young Eoin Coughlan got us off to an early start with a neat point and this was followed by a similar score from lively John O'Sullivan. :ee O'Sullivan and Eoin O'Farrell then got into the act with a point each to put us 4 points ahead Castlelyons had their first point. Fionn Coleman increased our lead by a point before crashing home a goal to leave the scoreboard reading Rockies 1 – 05, Castlelyons 0 – 01 with just 10 minutes on the clock. Castlelyons then scored a goal to leave it at 1 – 05 to 1 – 01. Our next point came from Fionn Coleman and Castlelyons replied with a point to leave the score at Rockies 1 – 06 to 1 – 02. Eoin O'Farrell's pointed free was then answered by a similar score from Castlelyons before Eoin Coughlan stretched our lead with another point. Eoin O'Farrell pointed a free and Castlelyons came back with a similar score to now leave the score at 1 – 09 to 1 – 04. Eoin Coughlan swapped point's with Castlelyons and Castleyons then closed out the half with 2 points on the trot before Ref Pat Lyons called for half time. The scoreboard now read 

Rockies 1 – 10, Castlelyons 1 – 06.

Following an impressive display against a strong wind in the first half, it was confidently expected the second half to pan out in a similar way, but our boys seemed to take their foot off the pedal and allowed Castlelyons back into the game. Eoin @Farrell had our opening point from a free but Castlelyons came back with 2 points on the trot to leave just 3 between us 1 – 11 to 1 – 08. The twin threat of the Eoin's (O'Farrell & Coughlan) then added a point each to which Ian O'Keeffe also added a point to push us ahead by 6 points 1 – 14 to 1 – 08. James Walsh, Eoin O'Farrell and Richie Laide each added a point to push us 9 ahead 1 – 17 to 1 – 08. Castlelyons pointed a free but Eoin O'Farrell also added a point to retain our 9 points advantage at 1 – 18 to 1 – 09. Jack O'Brien and David Garvan then trotted out to do their bit. Castlelyons came back strongly with 3 points on the trot. Luke Fogarty entered the fray at this stage nd Castlelyons had the final point to leave us nicely ahead by 5 points on a final score of Rockies 1 – 18, Castlelyons 1 – 13. 

Job well done and 2 points in the bag. Our next game is away to Inniscarra and is fixed for 15.00 at their venue, but always check time and date before travelling to any game.

Scorers: Eoin O'Farrell 0 – 07(05f), Fionn Coleman 1 – 01, Eoin Coughlan 0 – 04, John O'Sullivan 0 – 01, Lee O'Sullivan 0 – 01, Ian O'Keeffe 0 – 01, James Walsh 0 – 01, Richie Laide 0 – 01. 

Team: Ross Browne, Connor Coakley, Sean Healy, Jamie Ryan, Diarmuid Cormack, Luke O'Donovan, Richie Laide, David O'Farrell, Lee O'Sullivan, Eoin O'Farrell, John O'Sullivan, Ian O'Keeffe, James Walsh, Fionn Coleman, Eoin Coughlan. Subs Used: Jack O'Brien, David Garvan, Luke Fogarty.

Referee: Pat Lyons.