Hurling: Connacht Club U-16 Semi Final
- Oct 29,2006
Kilroy Goals Kill Off Tooreen
Three goals in the opening half, and four in total, all from Athleague/Tremane
s Niall Kilroy was the catalyst in Athleague/Tremane s victory over a gallant Tooreen side in this Connacht Club Hurling Semi Final played in Athleague on Saturday. The home side built an impressive 12 point half time lead but had to fight to the bitter end to hold that lead as Tooreen outscored their oponents by 3-4 to 1-0 in the second half to almost pip victory.
This was the proverbial game of two halves as Athleague raced ahead from the off as the aforementioned Kilroy had his sides first goal on the eighth minute. Tooreen responded with two points of their own in quick succession from Michael Morley and Kenny Feeney, before Athleague
s Kilroy again exchanged points with Tooreen s Cathal Freeman. From here on in in the opening half it was all Athleague as Tooreen s challenge died. Athleague points in succession by Kilroy (2) again, Adrian Purcell, Ger Gill and Alan Moore left Athleague coasting, before Kilroy again dealt Tooreen two more hammer blows with goals in the 22nd and 29th minutes to leave his team well in front at 3-6 to 0-3 at the interval.
Within three minutes of the second half, Kilroy had his fourth goal of the game after some indicisiveness in the Tooreen rearguard. This however was to be Kilroy
s and Athleague s final score of the game, with the Tooreen defence finally getting to grips with the Athleague attack from here on in. All seemed over however at this stage for the East Mayo charges, but a point from a long range free by Tooreen s Cathal Freeman gave his side some hope.
A lengthy delay of 30 minutes then ensued as Tooreen wing forward Michael Schlingermann went down after receiving a shoulder into the neck region. The challenge was accidental, but for procautionary reasons the emergency services were called out from Roscommon to ensure things were done professionally. Schlingermann was removed from the field by the emergency services to a warm round of applause from both sides on the field. Gladly, after X-rays in Roscommon hospital, the diagnosis was not as bad as first feared, with just bone damage to the shoulder and collarbone region, and young Michael is expected to make a speedy recovery.
With still 22 minutes of the game remaining, Cathal Freeman converted the free from Schlingermanns injury to resume the game. Tooreen now had their tales up and another point in the 42nd minute by Joey Ganley, followed a minute later by a goal from play from Tooreen full-forward Kenny Feeney, put just 9 points between the sides with still 17 minutes remaining. It was all Tooreen at this stage as Athleague began to panic as the impossible seemed on. Another point from play by Cathal Freeman again was followed by a goal from subtitute Niall Freeman, as he kicked to the Athleague goal from close range. Tooreen
s final score of the game, a goal again in the 60th minute by Cathal Freeman left just two points between the sides. However, time had beaten the Tooreen comeback as Westport referee James McGrath blew the final whistle on the resultant puck-out.
Tooreen didnt win this game but showed great battling qualities in coming back from a 15 point deficit and with players of the calibre of Michael Morley, Greg Henry, Robert Lyons, Ciaran Charlton, Kieth Jordan and Mark Waldron, they have a good future in hurling ahead of them. Athleague now go forward to face the Galway
B Champions in the Connacht decider.
Tooreen: Keith Jordan; John Hunt, Mark Waldron, Iarla Carty; Robert Lyons, Greg Henry, Sean Markham; Risteard Byrne, Michael Morley; Ml Schlingerman, Joey Ganelt, Cathal Freeman; Killian Freeman, Kenny Feeney, Ciaran Charlton. Subs; Niall Freeman (1-0) and Kieran Robinson.
Ref: James McGrath (Westport)