Hard- fought fi­nal

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THERE were cel­e­bra­tions in Cool­era/ Strand­hill as the club’s U12 hurlers re­cently won the County Shield Fi­nal.

They beat Tub­ber­curry by 7 scores to 4 scores in Markievicz Park in what was a good match from both teams.

Cool­era/ Strand­hill were in­spired by their week­end trip to the All Ire­land Hurl­ing Semi- Fi­nal in Croke Park and the boys hit the ground run­ning, at­tack­ing the Tub­ber­curry goal from the throw- in.

Un­lucky with a cou­ple of early ef­forts from Mark Keane and Tadhg Doggett it took a point from Oisín Hen­nessy off his less favoured side, un­der pres­sure, to set­tle the boys into the fi­nal.

This was shortly fol­lowed by an­other point from captain Tadhg Doggett.

Tub­ber­curry then started to run at the Cool­era/ Strand­hill de­fence and lev­elled the scores at 2 each.

Cathal Hughes showed his brav­ery in goal by mak­ing a cou­ple of good saves to keep Tub­ber at bay.

Strand­hill then upped the ante and scored 2 more points from mid­field dy­namo Oisín Hen­nessy and cen­tre back Tadgh Doggett from long range frees.

Tub­ber­curry ral­lied briefly to get an­other score but Oisín Hen­nessy scored an­other point from play re­ceiv­ing a pass from mid­field part­ner Shane O’Lough­lin to leave just two points be­tween the teams at half- time 5 scores to 3 scores.

The sec­ond half started well for Cool­era/ Strand­hill with the hard- work­ing Oisín Hen­nessy scor­ing an­other point from a free af­ter a foul on Ul­tan Bree.

Again Tub­ber­curry ral­lied and pulled back an­other score to make it 6- 4.

At this stage the de­fence came into its own with Cathal Hughes again throw­ing him­self in front of shots, helped by Ai­dan Mo­ran and Jack McDaniel who cleared their lines well.

Then a Cool­era/ Strand­hill break­away at­tack with some fine link play be­tween Shane O’Lough­lin and Mark Keane set up Tadhg Dogget for a point stretch­ing the lead to 7 scores to 4 scores. It was fit­ting that the de­fence did not con­cede in the last five min­utes with some fine in­ter­cep­tions by Kevin Davitt, Ai­dan Mo­ran and re­liev­ing clear­ances by Oisin Whe­lan and Jack McDaniel eas­ing the pres­sure on the Cool­era/ Strand­hill goal.

When ref­eree John Doyle blew the fi­nal whis­tle, Cool­era/ Strand­hill tri­umphed on a score- line of 7 scores to 4 in a hard fought fi­nal that was played in the best traditions of Fair Play.

Both teams were a credit to their coaches in the man­ner that they played and the way that they con­ducted them­selves af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle dur­ing the presentation.

The fu­ture looks bright for th­ese young hurlers as the ma­jor­ity of the team will be un­der­age again next year. Cool­era/ Strand­hill: Cathal Hughes: Ai­dan Mo­ran, Jack McDaniel, Tadhg Doggett ( 0- 3), Kevin Davitt, Oisin Hen­nesy ( 0- 4), Shane O’Lough­lin, Jack Feeney, Mark Keane, Oisín Whe­lan, Ro­nan Adams: subs Ul­tan Bree, Finn McDaniel, James Lynch, Ai­dan McLough­lin, Thomas Ki­nane.

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