A never-say-die performance saw Castlecomer Community School earn an impressive win in the Leinster under-16 A hurling Shield final.
Played in Palmerstown, the Kilkenny school blitzed opponents Borris VS from the off. Opening in flying form great team work and intensity, combined with scores from Aidan Barry (1-2), James Bergin (0-3), Bill Murphy (0-1, Dan Coogan (0-1, Eoin O’Rourke (0-1) and Ross Connolly (0-1) saw a confident ’Comer go in three points clear at the break (1-9 to 1-6).
Backed by the wind Borris gained momentum in the second half, cutting ’Comer’s lead to just one point by the 45th minute. Led by mentors Pat Tynan and Pat Nolan the North Kilkenny side raised their game, showing great team play and workrate to maintain their advantage.
Sean Coogan led the charge, grabbing a vital 47th minute goal to push the gap back out to four points - but the danger wasn’t over. With time almost up Borris broke through the ’Comer defence to score a late goal, whittling the deficit back to one point.
The game was in the melting pot, but ’Comer refused to buckle. In the final seconds Aidan Barry scored a crucial point, leaving two points between the teams at the final whistle.
Castlecomer CS - C. Farnan, P. Gunner, L. Feehan, F. Gunner, A. Comerford, S. Dunne, J. Brennan, B. Murphy, J. Bergin (capt), E. O’Rourke, P. O’Neill, R. Connolly, D. Coogan, S. Coogan, A. Barry, R. Brennan, J. Dowd, A. Brennan, J. Rothwell, E. O’Regan, C. Coady, C. Harding, D. Brophy, C. Holland, J. Phelan, C. Harding.
Borris VS - P. Malone, J. McDonald, D. Tobin, D. Jordan, T. Lawlor, A. Nolan, D. Nolan, J. Nolan, N. Lyham, C. Treacy, J. O’Neill, C. Whelan, M. Kavanagh, E. Fenlon, R. Joyce, C. Doyle, M. Treacy, B. Scully, A O’Sullivan, D. Ryan, C. Wallace, D. O’Toole, J. Kavanagh.
The ’Comer school recorded a double success as their senior hurlers made a winning start to their Leinster league, beating Dublin South by 1-14 to 2-9.
Played in perfect conditions, Castlecomer got off to a flying start thanks to quick points from Sean Buggy and Bill Murphy inside the opening 60 seconds. David Holohan put the icing on the cake two minutes later, soloing through to blast home the first goal of the game, pushing the North Kilkenny school into a five point lead (1-2 to 0-0).
While Dublin would find their rhythm, but Castlecomer didn’t let up. Led by James Bergin (2) and Buggy, the hosts maintained their lead. The last ten minutes of the first half was all-action. Dublin points were answered by like scores from Buggy, Conor Delaney, Bill Murphy and Bergin. However, Dublin got a serious lift when Ryan Doyle goaled just a minute before half-time, leaving ’Comer one clear at the break (1-8 to 1-7).
The second half was a tighter affair, but while Dublin pressed hard for the win ’Comer managed to break out of defence and pick off points to keep their noses in front. Fine scores by goalkeeper Conor O’Dwyer, mixed with heroic defending from Steven Dowd, Conor Delaney, Shane Feehan and Donal Cass, ensured the Metropolitans would only score 1-2 in this second half.
Although an Alex Considine goal narrowed the gap with ten minutes to go, points from Conor Delaney, Ollie Feehan (2), James Bergin, Bill Murphy and Sean Buggy were enough to ensure a hard-earned win for the ’Comer school.