Cian and Adam rock the house

Ark­low side top­ple St Pat’s

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - MARTIN O’BRIEN


IT was U13 fi­nals day in Bal­li­nakill, when Ark­low Rock Par­nells and St Pa­tricks met in this Shield de­cider. While the pitch was sticky, the sun was out and the teams took to bat­tle this one out.

There was plenty of pas­sion, skill and will to win on dis­play from both teams. With a big roar from both hud­dles, the ball was in and off we went. The most im­pres­sive thing in this game was the work rate of both teams. The hook­ing and block­ing was in­cred­i­ble, and a tes­ta­ment to both coach­ing teams.

The game started at a fran­tic pace, with the Rocks hit­ting the net within 30 sec­onds of the throw in. Cian Red­mond lashed the ball to the net for Ark­low. St Pats struck back with three points on the trot, with James Curry get­ting two and Johno Moore­house sell­ing a de­ligh­ful dummy and fir­ing over. The Rocks popped two scores them­selves through Tier­nan Ga­han and Bill Con­nors.

It was tit for tat as we headed to half time. Ark­low banged two goals from Cian Red­mond and Adam O’Leary, an­swered by the Wick­low Town men who grabbed a goal for them­selves through Michael O’Brien. St Pats added two more points through Moore­house and Bill O’Brien.

Half-time and this was a very en­ter­tain­ing game of hurl­ing – ARP 3-3 St Pa­tricks 1-5.

The sec­ond half was as en­ter­tain­ing as the first. It was the story of Ark­low how­ever, as they did most of the dam­age in this half. St Pa­tricks will rue some missed chances, but Ark­low took their scores when they came.

Cian Red­mond grabbed two more goals for the Ark­low men at the start of the half. He was ably as­sisted by Adam O’Leary, Bill Con­nors and Tier­nan Ga­han, who all grabbed points. They were also work­ing hard at the back, with Pa­trick Shaw, Theo Byrne and Don­nacha Mur­phy all hurl­ing well.

St Pa­tricks didn’t give up. They pushed hard and fell foul of a large wide count at the end. Johno Moor­house and Adam O’Brien bagged points, while Ciaran Matthews, Cian Hub­bard and James Curry giv­ing it their all for Wick­low.

Over­all, the Rocks ran out de­served win­ners.

Their pas­sion for the game was im­mense and the fu­ture looks bright for this team.

Man of the Match: Adam O’Leary

Scor­ers: ARP – Cian Red­mond 4-0, Adam O’Leary 1-2, Tier­nan Ga­han 0-2, Bill Con­nors 0-2. St Pa­tricks – Johno Moore­house 0-3, James Curry 0-2, Michael O’Brien 1-0, Bill O’Brien 0-1, Adam O’Brien 0-1.

ARP: Se Killoran, Don­nacha Mur­phy, Theo Byrne, Pa­trick Shaw, Matthew Byrne, Padraig Kelly, Tier­nan Pierce, Dar­ragh O’Con­nor, Jack O’Reilly, Tier­nan Ga­han, Adam O’Leary, Josh Cur­ran, Aaron Keogh, John Eras­mus, Bill Con­nors, Jamie Somers, Daniel Massey, Robert Wadell, Cian Red­mond.

ST PA­TRICKS: Liam De­laney, Aaron Nu­gent, Matthew Leonard, Ciaran Matthews, Bill Con­nors, Al­fie Downs, James Curry, Eoin Lawlor, Adam O’Brien, Johno Moore­house, Michael O’Brien, Se­nan O’Dono­van, Cian Hub­bard, Bill O’Brien, Alex Dunne, Mi­ley Con­nors, Joe Cul­leton.

REF­EREE: Chris Cana­van

The Ark­low Rocks team who de­feated St Pa­trick’s in Bal­li­nakill.

Adam O’Leary col­lects the MOTM award from Chris Cana­van.

Pa­trick Shaw and Cian Red­mond col­lect the tro­phy from Hugh Kenny. Cian de­liv­ered the speech in Ir­ish.

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