’Comer had real heart for the big battle

The Castlecomer Community School team travelled to Offaly for their second Leinster colleges junior hurling league game, and they scored a big win. The score was 2-17 to 1-19.

The Castlecomer Community School team travelled to Offaly for their second Leinster colleges junior hurling league game, and they scored a big win. The score was 2-17 to 1-19.

Castlecomer started the game in bright fashion, with team captain Shane Dunne landing a point from midfield after winning the throw-in.

Offaly responded with a couple of frees, before Comer’s James Bergin and Bill Murphy sent the white flying.

Offaly then grabbed a brace to continue the tone of what was to be a close encounter all through the game.

The winners took the game by the scruff of the neck when Ian Holohan won the ball on the half forward line.

He beat his marker and headed for goal, but he wsas fouled.

Shane Dunne blazed the resulting free inches over the cross bar.

Paul O’Neill then crossed the ball to Sean Coogan, who drilled it into the back of the net.

Coogan was involved again in ’Comer’s second goal, breaking the ball for the in-rushing Cathal Holland, who buried the ball in the top corner.

’Comer were flying, but Offaly responded with three crucial points before the break.

That left the the half time score at 2-3 to 0-7.

The losers started brightly as the second period got under way, and their impressive centre-back landed three pointed frees.

James Bergin then responded with two excellently pointed frees.

Offaly then got in on the goal-scoring act, sending an unstoppable shot past goalie Ciarán Farnan.

Offaly landed further points to push out their lead. ’Comer were now up against it, but they dug deep and fought back.

John Dowd led the charge from the half back line with an all-action display.

Spurred on by their backs, ’Comer hit back for points from Ian Holohan, Cathal Holland, Shane Dunne and James Bergin (free).

The game was finely balanced as it entered the closing stages, with Offaly just a point up.

However, man of the match Shane Dunne won the ball in his own half and carried it half the length of the field before calmly slotting over for the equalising point.

Sub Eoin Regan then scored a point from an almost impossible angle to give ’Comer the lead.

The winners were then awarded a penalty.

Bergin stepped up to the mark, but his powerful drive was expertly saved by the Offaly ’keeper.

Bergin won the resulting puck-out, and he carried the ball along the sideline before hitting over for a fantastic point.

Additional minors from Dean Farrell and Eoin Regan earned a good victory for Castlecomer.

Next up for ’Comer are their local rivals, St Kieran’s Collage.

Castlecomer CS scorers - Shane Dunne (0-5, one free); James Bergin (0-5, three frees); Cathal Holland (1-2); Sean Coogan (1-0); Eoin Regan (0-2); Bill Murphy, Ian Holohan, Dean Farrell (0-1 each).

Castlecomer CS - Ciaran Faman, Frank Gunner, Padraig Gunner, Adam Comerford, John Dowd, Kevin Brennan, James Rothwell, Shane Dunne, James Bergin, Paul O’Neill, Bill Murphy, Ian Holohan, Dean Farrell, Sean Coogan, Cathal Holland.

Subs - Eoin O’Rourke for A. Comerford; Eoin Regan for P. O’Neill.