Hurl­ing he­roes

Ry­lane’s hurlers win H6 crown.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Bar­bara O’Connell

RY­LANE, in­spired by Aaron O’Sullivan and Colm Gille­spie, who scored 4-6 be­tween them, claimed the Al­lianz H6 hurl­ing ti­tle with a win over St Lach­teen’s at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

It was a great game of hurl­ing, and con­stantly en­ter­tain­ing. How­ever, Ry­lane’s clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing proved to be the dif­fer­ence in the end.

Af­ter a high-scor­ing first-half, Ry­lane led at the break, 3-5 to 1-1. Gille­spie’s phys­i­cal­ity and skill were caus­ing prob­lems for St Lach­teen’s. His tally of 2-3 in the first-half re­flected his dom­i­nance.

In tandem with scores from Aaron O’Sullivan (1-1) and Sean O’Sullivan, Ry­lane im­pressed. Scores

St Lach­teen’s also had some fine per­for­mances from Dar­ragh Law­ton, David McDon­nell, Diar­muid Kelle­her, and Orla Kelle­her. They did score 1-1, thanks to a goal from Kelle­her and a point from Law­ton. Those were well-taken scores.

The sec­ond-half be­gan at a blis­ter­ing pace, with St Lach­teen’s open­ing the score in this half. Kelle­her’s long-range ef­fort hit the back of the net. Aaron O’Sullivan widened the gap once again, scor­ing a point from long range to make it 3-6 to 2-1. Min­utes later, O’Sullivan added a fur­ther 1-1 to his tally.

St Lach­teen’s con­tin­ued to bat­tle hard and had a su­perb sec­ond-half ef­fort. Ry­lane goal­keeper, Shane Kelle­her, pro­duced a su­perb save to deny Law­ton a goal. How­ever, Orla Kelle­her was quick­est to re­act and her re­bounded ef­fort hit the back of the net.

St Lach­teen’s could have closed the gap, once again, when Patrick O’Rourke did well to get in a good po­si­tion, but his fi­nal shot was su­perbly saved by Shane Kelle­her.

A great game of hurl­ing from both teams and a well-de­served vic­tory for Ry­lane.

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