Northern U21 Hurling Championship

Erin’s Own played St Martins in an eagerly awaited northern U-21 hurling championship tie in Ballyragget on Saturday. Conditions were awful on the day, making it next to impossible for both teams to perform.


Comer started well registering the first two points, both courtesy of Michael Dwyer frees. Both sides were guilty of missed chances during the opening period but the strong cross field wind wasn’t helping matters.


John Mulhall pointed for Martins, sparking his side to life, starting a sequence that left them with a 1-4 to 0-2 advantage at the interval.


Stephen Daly was introduced on the Comer side replacing Donal Fenlon during the break, but Martins added the opening two points to their tally, before Michael Dwyer slotted over another free for the Comer men. Conor Fogarty was operating in a more advanced position in the second half and was leading a determined Comer comeback, they were rewarded for their efforts, when Michael Murphy took possession and laid the ball into Fogarty’s path and he drilled the ball to the net, to reduce the arrears to three points


Comer introduced two subs entering the final ten minutes with Ciaran Mc Dermott replacing Brian Dillon and Padraig Keating coming on for Larry O’Carroll. St Martin’s were awarded a free, that Mulhall duly pointed to put four points between the sides. Eoin Meally was pressed into action in the Comer goal making a fine save. Comer made their last substitution with Anthony Kavanagh replacing Martin Hawley. Peader Boran broke though the Martins defence and it took a smart save from Colin McGrath to deny him a goal. With the game in stoppage time Boran again raced through and rattled the net to leave the minimum between them, but unfortunately time ran out for the Comer men.


Team: Eoin Meally, Larry O’Carroll, Aidan Moran, James Mullins, Gerry Callinan, Conor Fogarty, Declan Dunne, Jimmy Byrne, Michael Murphy, Martin Hawley, Michael Moran, Peader Boran, Donal Fenlon, Michael Dwyer.


Subs Used: Stephen Daly, Ciaran McDermott, Padraig Keating & Anthony Kavanagh.


Scorers: Michael Dwyer 0-3f, Conor Fogarty 1-0, Peader Boran 1-0.

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