U14 HL Rd 1: Castleconnor 1-5 v Tourlestrane 4-14

posted 12 May 2011, 04:38 by Bart Barrins
Tourlestrane arrived at Corballa on Tuesday evening for our first match of the year. A lot of our players were playing their first competitive hurling match ever. The visitors had only 8 players which we agree to as the team were anxious to have a game.
We played against a strong wind in the first half. Our inexperience showed regularly in the half and the rustiness of the players was evident when losing the sliotar in the tackle and getting hooked. We trailed coming up to the break 1-7 v 0-1 when we were awarded a penalty. Despite driving the penaalty well the shot from Seán Carrabine went just over the crossbar. From the resulting puckout the visitors scored their second goal despite some brave defending from Brendan Foody. We trailed at half time 2-10 v 0-2.
We got off to a good start in the second half with 2 long range points from Seán Carrabine and our forwards were unlicky with a few goal attempts. However the ability of one or two of the opposition to strike the sliotar long was a bridge we could not overcome and despite Seán scoring our goal from play the visitors won out easy 4-14 v 1-5.
We played all our available players and as the game progressed the lads ability to hook and block became more prevalent. Also it was great to see the progress the players have made since last year with all now striking the sliotar with confidence and all going on good solo runs.
Panel: Kenneth Flynn, Rónán Coggins, Brendan Foody, Ódhrán Quinn, Cian Barrins, Seán Carrabine, Stephen Tuffy, Lewis Bearsdhall, Jason Tuffy, Elliot Beardshall, Stephen Durkan, James Boland