Michael Dwyers lead way in U-12 hurl­ing tour­na­ment

Bray People - - Sport -

THE TOM Ryan In­door Hurl­ing Tour­na­ment for U-12s, or­gan­ised by St. Pa­trick’s GAA club, con­tin­ued with the fourth round of games at Ark­low Leisure Cen­tre on Satur­day, Jan­uary 17.

Michael Dwyers re­main top of the ta­ble af­ter bat­tling out cru­cial wins against St. Pa­trick’s, a very close en­counter with Ark­low Rocks which fin­ished 4-3 in Dwyer’s favour, and a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Barn­dar­rig, who re­main sec­ond. Glenealy are just a point be­hind in third, closely fol­lowed by St.Pa­trick’s. Ark­low Rocks and Eire Og share the mid ta­ble po­si­tion, with En­niskerry and Kil­coole also in joint po­si­tion at the lower end of the ta­ble. It was a good day at the of­fice for En­niskerry who scored a 5-3 win over Kil­coole, and held neigh­bours Eire Og to a 3-3 draw in a thrilling con­test.

The match of the day how­ever was un­doubt­edly the clash of the ti­tans, Michael Dwyers and Barn­dar­rig.

Both of th­ese teams have shown them­selves ca­pa­ble of notch­ing up high scores in pre­vi­ous games, how­ever on this oc­ca­sion goals were scarce in an ex­tremely close­ly­fought af­fair.

Both sets of play­ers de­serve credit for the in­ten­sity of the dis­play of hurl­ing, par­tic­u­larly the goal­keep­ers, Michael Crow­ley for Barn­dar­rig and Daragh Byrne for Michael Dwyers, both of whom showed great judge­ment and skill un­der pres­sure.

Michael Dwyers were first to score af­ter a shot from Rachel Byrne, who was ex­cel­lent in de­fence through­out the day. Barn­dar­rig upped the tempo and even­tu­ally found the net af­ter great work by An­drew Peter Gilse­nan Ka­vanagh. De­spite the fu­ri­ous pace, nei­ther team was able to break the dead­lock af­ter this, again a credit to the skil­ful de­fend­ing and goal­keep­ers on both sides. It fin­ished one all, with both teams hav­ing de­liv­ered a tremendous per­for­mance.

Michael Dwyers: Daragh Byrne, Padraic O’Toole, Dan O’Hara, Seánie Ger­maine, Pádraic Byrne, Liam Keogh, Rachel Byrne, Shane O’Toole, Bryan Mur­phy.

Barn­dar­rig: Michael Crow­ley, James Quinn, Lisa Browne, Katie Bouch­ier, Stephen Cullen, An­drew Peter Gilse­nan Ka­vanagh, David Byrne, Jack McCall, An­thony Quinn.

Round 5 of the U-12 Tour­na­ment con­tin­ues on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, af­ter the schools mid-term break, while the U-10s are back in action next Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, all in Ark­low Leisure Cen­tre at 10.00 a.m.

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