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Rebel Og North Final for the U14 Hurlers!

posted 15 Aug 2014, 10:03 by john o leary   [ updated 27 Apr 2015, 04:51 ]




A hearty congratulations to the U14 Hurlers and their coaching team as they won their semi-final against St.Marks in a sun soaked Lismire. 
Last night certainly was a night that will live long in the memory of those who were present. The game had it all: skill, determination, drama, tension and no little controversy!
The boys got off to a great start putting three unanswered points on the board and then adding another after St.Marks opened their scoring. Yet as the half continued St.Marks began to find their rhythm and went into half time much the happier team. St.Marks continued their dominance of play for the third quarter with some well taken scores. However the Banteer boys did not let this dampen their determination and came roaring back into it with some high quality finishing. In fact it looked as if Banteer had clinched it at the end with a goal, however the referee determined that the sliotar had actually gone over for a point before the St.Marks goalie brought it down and it ended up in the back of the net. This certainly was a blow to the boys and with Cal Shine getting a serious blow to the hand it took all of the free time before the extra time to get the boys to refocus on the job in hand.
Yet refocus they did and they deserve great credit for this. They grabbed the extra time by the scruff of the neck and made it their own. Every ball was fought for, every challenge met. Then the decisive score came in the form of a goal. From here there was of course some nail biting moments yet the defence stood firm. Indeed Alan Coughlan really was a rock on the night and if anyone has seen the bruise the Waterford goalie took on the leg curtesy of Anthony Nash then they will get an idea of the injury suffered by Alan in the first half. At the end the Banteer team stood victorious with four points to spare.
Congratulations to the team, coaches and the parents for all they are achieving this year. 


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