Connacht Colleges 1st Year Hurling C Final
Roscommon CBS 5-4 Seamount College 2-5
The glorious weather conditions in Abbeyknockmoy reflected the mood in the CBS camp after a hard-fought victory over Seamount College in the first Hurling Connacht C Championship Final on Thursday afternoon.
This was a magnificent result for the Roscommon men given the quality of the opposition who hail from Kinvarra in Co. Galway. A good start was always going to be important in this game and the CBS got just that after early pressure resulted in full-forward John Murray raising the green flag after just a minute. This was soon followed by another Murray effort giving the CBS an early six-point advantage.
The CBS were dominating the early exchanges and extended the lead through Oisin Lyons. Seamount responded with a point from Conor OíShea but it wasnít long until the CBS had the green flag raised again after a fantastic effort from Adam Whyte.
A few minutes later John Murray goaled again to put the score at 0-4 to 0-1. It was at this stage however that Seamount really came back into the game as Seamountís Brendan Connolly got in for two goals in quick succession. Seamountís tails were up at this point and they were unlucky not to narrow the gap further before half-time, but some brave defending from Brian Diffley and company at the back ensured they didnít. Seamount did point again to leave the interval score at 4-1 to 2-2.
The Roscommon men started the second half well with an early point from the irrepressible Murray. The CBS were again stepping up to the challenge a lot better in the second half. Seamount responded with a well-taken point from Conor OíShea but once again John Murray was given an opportunity to rattle the net again, which he did with aplomb, to make the score at 5-2 to 2-2.
The second half was a far less high-scoring affair but an enthralling battle nonetheless, with some heroic defending from both sides. Again the CBS spurned a couple of goal-scoring chances but Seamount hadnít got the goal that they desperately needed. Points from Oisin Lyons and John Murray were cancelled out by scores from Seamountís OíShea and Colm Keady late on to leave final score at Roscommon CBS 5-4 Seamount College 2-5. A magnificent game and a fantastic result for the school.
*Special thanks to Prionsias Killion for all the work that heís put in with the team throughout the year.
Issue dated: 06 April 2012
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