The ’Lockes get a lashing from crack team
Ballyhale Shamrocks 5-18
John Lockes 1-2
IN YET another deplorably miss-matched competition, Ballyhale Shamrocks, sporting at least a half dozen senior players - there surely must be something wrong with the spirit at least of a competition that permits such a disproportion of abilities - slaughtered John Lockes of Callan in this South junior A hurling game.
It was not a pretty sight, as the gallant Callan lads floundered in the wake of their vastly superior opponents.
The game was barely 20 minutes young when the Shamrocks had a very easy 1-3 on the scoreboard, the goal coming from Michael O’Sullivan in the 10th minute.
Ryan O’Dwyer got the John Lockes opening score in the 14th minute, a simple point. Donnacha Fitzpatrick clattered home another Shamrocks goal in the 24th minute, and O’Sullivan grabbed an opportunist effort in the 27th minute.
One felt very sorry for the Callan goalkeeper, Nicky Roche, who at times stood alone in the face of the incessant Shamrocks forays. He made at least three marvellous saves in the first half, and still he was alone when the inrushing forwards came bounding on to the rebounds. O’Sullivan’s second goal was one such happening. Tony Delaney, one of the few John Lockes players who could rightly claim that he could not have done more for the cause, lobbed a ball towards the Shamrocks goal on the call of half time.
Somehow the sliotar was fumbled, and eventually slipped over the goal line. That was to be the final effort to trouble the scoreboard keeper as far as the Callan lads were concerned.
The second half is a story not worth remembering. The winners pummelled the vanquished into submission with two further goals by O’Sullivan in the 48th and 51st minutes. The Shamrocks forwards were on fire as the scoreboard would suggest.
Strangely it seemed that neither side had the luxury of at least a single sub.
The ballyhale men will not take too much comfort or information out of this game. The John Lockes people will certainly want to forget it, and confine it to the nether reaches of their memories.
Scorers: Ballyhale Shamrocks: Michael O’Sullivan (4-0); Donnacha Fitzpatrick (1-3); Richie Reid (0-6, two frees); Enda Fitzpatrick (0-4); James Walsh (0-3); Gavin Butler (0-2). John Lockes - Tony Delaney (1-0); Ryan o’Dwyer (0-1); Niall Hennessy (0-1, free).
Ballyhale Shamrocks - Eoin Knox, Rickard Deasy, Michael Dermody, Eoin Doyle, Keith Nolan, Kieran Grace, Joey Holden, Michael Carroll, Gavin Butler,Steven Donnelly, James Walsh, Enda Fitzpatrick, Richie Reid, Donnacha Fitzpatrick, Michael O’Sullivan.
John Lockes - Nicky Roche, Davy Phelan, Brendan Grace, Mark Nolan, Liam Kennedy, Jack McDowell, Eoin Fahy, Tony Delaney, Cathal Byrne, Alan Bergin, Ryan O’Dwyer, Niall Hennessy, Brian McCann, Martin O’Connell, Andy Power.
Referee - R.Dowling (Kilmacow)
’Boro man trains Donegal to win Lory Meagher Cup
AIDAN Begley, one time Dicksboro player, Managed the Donegal team to win the Lory Meagher Cup (hurling) for the first time in their history on Saturday in Croke Park.
They beat near-neighbours Tyrone with a last-minute goal. This was the third Lory Meagher final that the Donegal men had contested.
Aidan Begley has been central to much of that action. He is a psychiatric nurse based in the county, married to a Donegal lady, who is also a nurse. They have two little girls.
Aidan won under-age hurling titles with the ’Boro before ‘emigrating’. He is the son of Eugene and Kathleen Begley, so long leading members of the ’Boro club. Well done to Aidan and the players.