Senior Hurling Championship

Sun Sept. 3rd. 

Blackrock 0 – 18 V Midleton 0 – 23 @ Carrigtwohill.

 Report:  Roger Ryan

Click here for Photos by George Hatchell

Following an impressive first-half display. we really should have been further ahead than the slender 2 points lead which we held. The scoreboard read Blackrock 0 – 14, Midleton 0 – 12, but this could just as easily have been several more points in our favour. However, our boys must have felt reasonably happy going in at the break. 

Midleton with a free, struck first blood for a point but Kevin O'Keeffe soon had us back on level terms with a free of our own. A Midleton point was then answered by a point from Shane O'Keeffe to leave us deadlocked again at 0 – 02 each. Midleton pushed ahead with the next point but 2 points on the trot from Kevin O'Keeffe followed by a point by Alan Connolly had us 2 points ahead, 0 – 05 to 0 – 03. A Midleton point was answered by a point from Niall Cashman to keep us 2 ahead, 0 – 06 to 0 – 04. Midleton then came within a point with the next score, but Kevin, Cathal Cormack and Alan Connolly added a point each to give us a lead of 4 points, 0 – 09 to 0 – 05. Midleton then scored from a sideline and followed up with two converted frees to come within a point of us again, 0 – 09 to 0 – 08. Michael O'Halloran increased our lead to 2 points but Midleton with the next two points, were back on level terms again, 0 – 10 to 0 – 10. Kevin O'Keeffe and P.J.Linehan added ba point each to put us ahead by 2, 0 – 12 to 0 – 10. Midleton had the next 2 points to level up once more as bwe approached the break. Kevin from a free and Niall from play added the two points to put us in the lead as the Ref blew for half-time with the scoreboard reading Blackrock 0 – 14, Midleton 0 – 12.

Any thoughts we had of building on this lead were quickly dashed when Midleton came roaring into the second half and scored 6 points without reply and not only wiped out our lead of 2 points, but also went 4 points in front. Our boys never recovered from this body-blow and even the introduction of Tadhg Deasy after 10 minutes failed to stem the tide. The score now read Rockies 0 – 14, Midleton 0 – 18 and a point by Michael O'Halloran was answered by a similar score from Midleton to keep them ahead by 4 Points, 0 – 15 to 0 – 19. Alan Connolly and Tadhg Deasy added a point each to bring us within 2 points but Midleton with the next 2 points, soon had it back to a 4 point lead again, 0 – 17 to 0 – 21. Kevin did reduce it to 3 points but Midleton closed out the game with the last 2 points to end on a winning score of 0 – 18 to 0 – 23. Our second half return of 4 points certainly wasn't enough to win any game.

Scorers: Kevin O'Keeffe 0 – 07(05f), Alan Connolly 0 – 03(02f). John O'Halloran 0 – 02, Niall Cashman 0 – 02, Shane O'Keeffe 0 – 01, Cathal Cormack 0 – 01, P.J.Linehan 0 – 01, Tadhg Deasy 0 – 01.

Team: Gavin Connolly, Ollie Mc Adoo, Alan O'Callaghan, Conor O'Brien, Cathal Cormack, John Cashman, Niall Cashman, Ciarán Cormack, Kevin O'Keeffe, Daniel Meaney, Alan Connolly, Shane O'Keeffe, Robbie Cotter, P.J.Linehan, Michael O'Halloran. Subs Used: Tadhg Deasy. 

Referee: Simon Stokes, Tullylease.