James Stephens won the 2012 Roinn A under-16 hurling championship with a breathtaking second half display of point scoring that many a more senior team would have struggled to have contained, winning by 2-29 to 2-8.
On a beautiful day for hurling, ’Stephens later completed the double when their under-16 B team landed the Roinn C title, also at Thomastown. The only other time they completed the doubled was in 1996. This was the 12th occasion ’Stephens won this title. Theyalso won it four times under the St Patrick’s banner.
This game began with a swift exchange of points between the winners Jamie Byrne and Richie Leahy. ’Stephens seemed to be heading towards a comfortable half time when they led by 0-13 to 0-4 after 28 minutes when David Kelly plundered a goal from a 20 metre free.
Both sides exchanged points in injury-time to leave the score at 0-15 to 1-5 in favour of The Village, who were backed by a stiff breeze.
The Rower were blasted after the restart. Quick points from McWey, Jake Scanlon and Lahart knocked back the opposition. Again the Rower came back. David Kelly inspired his side with another goal from a thunderbolt shot from a free (0-18 to 2-5).
That was the best of it from the losers. ’Stephens dominated afterwards and shot magnificent points and a late Dylan O’Shea goal put the icing on the cake.
Scorers: James Stephens - Tadhg O’Dwyer (0-7); Jake Scanlon (1-4); Dylan O’Shea (1-4); Ray Lahart (0-5, frees); Luke Scanlon (0-3); Matthew McWey (0-3); Jamie Byrne (0-2); Dylan Drennan (0-1, free). Rower-Inistioge - David Kelly (2-3, frees); Dylan Keogh (0-2); Kevin Murphy, Darren Joyce, Richie Leahy (0-1each).
James Stephens - Gavin Costigan, Ben Hickey, Tom Cuddihy, Noel Whelan, Conor Browne, Dylan Drennan, Brian Crowdle, Luke Scanlon, Jamie Byrne, Dylan O’Shea, David Jordan, Tadhg O’Dwyer, Jake Scanlon, Matthew McWey, Ray Lahart. Subs - Tom Murphy, Michael Cotter.
Rower-Inistioge - Sam Watkins, Tommy Allen, John Murphy, Jim Murphy, Dylan Keogh, Daragh Joyce, Shane Ryan, Richie Leahy, Pat Lyng, Jack Walsh, David Kelly, James Tennyson, Kevin Murphy, Diarmuid O’Brien, Jim Ryan.
Referee - Eugene Ryan (Fenians).
.....and then they complete double
The under-16 Roinn C hurling final was an all city affair which James Stephens won by 3-11 to 2-8 by beating O’Loughlin Gaels.
Shane Stapleton got The Village off to a great start by shooting points, only for O’Loughlin’s to respond through Kevin Rowe and Shane Fahy. In an all action period between the 7th and 13th minute Paddy Gallagher and Declan Wall grabbed goals for the winners while Noah Canty fired over two points in quick succession which shot them into an interval lead of 2-5 to 0-4.
There was an exchange of points at the start of the second half. The game came to life when O’Loughlin’s Shane Fahey goaled, but Michael Ryan responded with a major at the other end to finish the game as a contest, although Adam Power did pull a goal back for the losers in injury-time.
Scorers: James Stephens B - Shane Stapleton (0-7, 0-6 frees); Michael Ryan (1-1); Paddy Gallagher, Declan Wall (1-0 each); Noah Canty (0-3).
O’Loughlin Gaels B - Robbie O’Driscoll (0-5 frees); Shane Fahy (1-2); Adam Power (1-0); Kevin Rowe (0-1).
James Stephens B - Richie Stapleton, Conor Byrne, Mark Doyle (capt), Jack Butler, Noah Canty, Adam Butler, Jake McDonald, David Shore, Johnny McEvoy, Niall Delaney, Willie Spencer, Paddy Gallagher, Michael Ryan, Declan Wall, Shane Stapleton. Subs - Patrick Knenedy, Stephen Bateman, Shane Donohoe, Nathan Donohoe, Eamon Fennelly, Niall Brasil, Liam Rafter, Andrew Parsons, James Walton.
O’Loughlin Gaels - Thomas Wadding, John Dillon, Brian Slattery, Jay Leahy, Peter Collins, Lyden Brannigan, Shane Mahony, Brian Buckley, Sean Bolger, Tervine Wallace, Robbie O’Driscoll, Robert Murphy, Kevin Rowe, Shane Fahy, Sean Kiely. Subs - Steven Scallan, Adam Power, Charlie Deegan, Owen McCormack.
Referee - Eoin Hayes (Thomastown).