Junior Hurling Championship (A)
Sun. Aug 6th. @ Ballinlough
Blackrock 0 – 14 V Na Piarsaigh 3 – 13
Report: Roger Ryan
Playing with the aid of a strong breeze, Na Piarsaigh got off to a flying start in our Junior A Hurling Championship at Ballinlough on Sunday morning, and established an early lead which they never relinquished. A goal from the throw-in followed by two points from play put them 5 points ahead before Barry Grainger grabbed our first score – a point. Barry then exchanged further point's with Na Piarsaigh to leave the score at 0 – 2 to 1 – 3. At this early stage James Allen was injured and was replaced by Peter Leneghan. Nathan Adams with a point reduced the deficit to 3 points but Na Piarsaigh replied with a similar score to increase their lead again to 4 points. Nathan again reduced it to 3 points with the next score for us. Na Piarsaigh's next point was answered by Colin O'Leary to now leave the score at Rockies 0 – 5, Na Piarsaigh 1 – 5. Na Piarsaigh with 3 further points on the trot that pushed ahead by 6 points. Barry Grainger with a point reduced that to 5 points but a scrambled goal close to the end of play gave Na Piarsaigh a lead of 8 points as the team's trooped off for the break.
Half-time Score: Rockies 0 – 7, Na Piarsaigh 2 – 8.
Na Piarsaigh nicreased that lead by a further point but Peter Leneghan scored a point for us to reduce it back to 8 points. Na Piarsaigh added 2 further points to push their lead to 10 points on a score of Rockies 0 – 7 , Na Piarsaigh 2 – 11. Colin O'Leary took over the free[taking duties and with 3 successful efforts reduced that lead to 7 points, 0 – 10 to 2 – 11. Na Piarsaigh added a point but Dean Mc Carthy replied with a point for us. Colin O'Leary was unerring again with frees and put over two for us to leave the score at a manageable level 0 – 13 to 2 – 12. Killian Barry then added a point for us to reduce their lead to 4 points and give us hope of salvaging something from the game. However, Na Piarsaigh struck for a late goal and added a point to secure victory on a final score of Rockies 0 – 14, Na Piarsaigh 3 – 13.
Scorers: Colin O'Leary 0 – 06(05f), Barry Grainger 0 – 03, Nathan Adams 0 – 02, Peter Leneghan 0 – 01, Dean Mc Carthy 0 – 01, Killian Buckley 0 – 01.
Team: Darragh Murphy, Scott O'Sullivan, Tom Harrington, Jack O'Brien, Lee O'Sullivan, Paul Bennett, Killian Buckley, Emmett Sheehan, Robert Cregan, James Allen, Colin O'Leary, Dean Mc Carthy, Barry Grainger, Nathan Adams, Dave Garvan. Subs Used: Peter Leneghan.
Referee: Tom Manley.