Hurlers Qualify For Semi's

November 8, 2018


Edenderry hurlers reached the last four of the Junior Hurling Championship with hard fought four point win over Killeigh in quarter-final last Saturday in Gracefield.

Edenderry opened the scoring in this game, when Ger Hanlon scored a good point from a free. Killeigh were soon level when they sent over a free of their own. Jason Carey then put ‘The Reds’ back in front with a great point, before Ger Hanlon sent over his second point from a free, awarded for a foul on Sean Og Farrell. Killeigh scored two points, both from placed balls to level the scoring at three points apiece. Cillian Farrell edged Edenderry back in front when he scored a free, awarded for a foul on Jason Carey. Brendan McCabe then came to Edenderry’s rescue when he made a fantastic save from a Killeigh forward who ghosted past the Edenderry defence. Killeigh then sent over an excellent point, before Cillian Farrell cancelled that score out when he scored a great long range point, after a pin-point pass from a Brendan McCabe puck-out.

Halftime, Edenderry 0-05 Killeigh 0-04.

Killeigh made a perfect start to the second half, when they scored a goal after some poor defending from Edenderry. But Edenderry responded brilliantly to that set-back, as they scored four unanswered points to go two in front. Ger Hanlon scored the first of the four from a 65 metre free. The second came as a result of a Cillian Farrell free being deflected over the bar, after he elected to go for goal. Ger Hanlon then scored his fourth and fifth points of the game, both from frees. Killeigh then got in for their second goal to go a point in front, but yet again Edenderry responded well to a Killeigh goal, this time with a brilliant point from Cillian Farrell. Edenderry shuffled the team around, with the introduction of Stephen Murphy and Derek Egan, who came in for David and Paul Hanlon respectively. More crucially Edenderry made some positional switches with Sean Og Farrell moving to midfield, Cillian Farrell moving to centre forward and Martin Keogh going in full forward. Cillian Farrell put Edenderry in front when he scored another point after a good pass from Brendan McCabe. Ger Hanlon then sent over another 65 metre free, after Stephen Murphy put the Killeigh defence under great pressure to win a 65′. Killeigh then scored their last point of the game, before Edenderry finished out the game with a further three brilliant points, two from Cillian Farrell and one from Martin Keogh to run out winners by four points on a scoreline of 0-15 to 2-05.

Edenderry had some very good performances from Brendan McCabe, Conleth Carey, Tom Fay, while Sean Og Farrell and Cillian Farrell were very impressive after their switches in the second half. At time of writing the draw has not been made for the semi-final.

Team: Brendan McCabe; Enda Bagnall, Shane Connell, Conleth Carey; Tom Fay, Eoghan Kelly, Shane Kelly; Martin Keogh (0-1), Paul Glennon; Ger Hanlon (0-6), Sean Og Farrell, Jason Carey (0-1); David Hanlon, Cillian Farrell (0-7), Paul Hanlon.

Subs used: Stephen Murphy, Derek Egan, Bill Glennon.

Referee: Kieran Groome.