Hurling All Ireland Minor C Championship
- Jul 20,2006
Early Hoban Goals Stun Sligo
Four goals inside the first twelve minutes of this All-Ireland Minor C Championship game, all coming from on-song corner forward Stephen Hoban was the main statistic from this game, as the result of this tie was never in doubt from that moment on. In a blistering opening to the game by Mayo, the Sligo lads were just left in the blocks as Hoban weaved through the Sligo defence with ease in the 1st, 4th, 10th and 12th minutes.
It looked at this stage of the game as if a major mauling was in store, but to their credit, Sligo solidified their defence with some positional changes, but unfortunately for the Yeats side it was damage limitation at this stage. Mayo
s opening half dominance was capitalised further with points from stylish corner forward Kenny Feeney (3) and the ever reliable Jason Swords (3), leaving things realy done and dusted at half time on a scoreline of 4-6 to 0-1. Sligo s solitary score in the opening half came in the 15th minute of the game from midfielder Ciaran Brennan.
Half-time saw wholesale substitutions by the Mayo management team, as Cathal Freeman, Declan Gallagher and Colm Monaghan were all called ashore as a precaution ahead of the U21B final against Laois the following Saturday. Into the fray came Gary Hayes, Gary Nolan and Nicky Carolan, with many positional changes made to accommodate their inclusion. Mayo lost their shape and their control of the game in the resultant quarter as a goal from Sligo
s David McFadden from close range in the 36th minute gave his side hope. A glorious converted line-ball from Niall Caden then followed, which was the finest score of the game from either side. Sligo s mini comeback continued from the resulting Mayo puck-out as Keelan Cawley returned the sliotar back over Keith Jordans crossbar with interest. However, Mayo finally did get their scoring act together late on with the ever reliable Jason Swords pointing from play before Kenny Feeney netted a pile driver close to time.
In hindsight, the game was killed off as a spectacle after Hobans four opening half goals, but credit must be given to the clinical finishing of the young Ballyhaunis hurler. The pick of the four was Hobans third strike as he controlled a high ball - on the drop volley - before finishing off the hurl without handling from close range - a really super piece of individual skill.
Mayo: Keith Jordan (Tooreen); Adrian Brennan (Ballyhaunis), Michael Healy (Tooreen), Pat McDonagh (Westport); Cathal Freeman(Tooreen), Alan Freeman (Tooreen), AP Barrett (Belmullet); Conor Douglas (Castlebar), Colm Monaghan (Breaffy); Declan Gallagher (Westport), Daniel Jordan (Tooreen), Alan Stenson (Ballina); Stephen Hoban (4-0) (Ballyhaunis); Jason Swords (0-4,1f) (Eastern Gaels), Kenny Feeney (1-4) (Tooreen). Subs: Nicky Carolan (Belmullet), Gary Nolan (Tooreen), Gary Hayes (Castlebar), Brian Gallagher (Ballyhaunis), Urslan Afzal (Ballyhaunis).