Erin Go Bragh 6-12
The U12’s hurlers found their mojo again with an emphatic 6-12 to 0-00 win over Clontarf. Their coach, Niall O’Hara, welcomed Eamon Campion onto the match day management team, for a 3rd week, offering a new set of eyes and much needed help.
With changes made all over the pitch, the team seemed more balanced from the start. The new midfield pairing of Sean Vickers and Conor Pownall dominated from the start and feed fast ball into the forward line. Joe Humphreys, who had been operating at half back for the past few months, was moved into full forward along with Luke McEvoy who had been operating in midfield. The pair were joined in the forwards by Glen Campion and James Padden. The new look forward line wreaked havoc on the opposition. With the quick ball coming in from midfield, and half backs Jack Flood & Oran O’Hara, it wasn’t long before Padden and Campion were on the score sheet with some fine long range points. Humphreys and McEvoy were always a treat and never gave Clontarf a moment on the ball, forcing them into quick, sometimes wayward, clearances. With 15 minutes gone and the score at 0-09 to 0-0, the 4 forwards were replaced by Lee Doyle, Andrew Lyons, Eric Doherty and Lee Byrne. The new forward line started where their team mates had left off and hassled for everything searching for more scores. It wasn’t long before they were rewarded, when Lyons buried the sliotar into the back of the net after some fine play from Vickers. Pownall followed up with a second long range goal just before the half time whistle leaving the half time score at 2-09 to 0-0.
Changes galore were made at half time and, after some careful planning by the EGB coaches, Curtis King, Cian Ford and Matthew Nitoi were moved up the field to bring them more into the game. King and Ford had been the last line of defence in front of goalkeeper Nitoi. The trio had a quite first half as every ball that passed the half way line had been won and cleared by Flood and O’Hara who were playing out of their skin in their new roles at half back. Ford was moved into the full forward line. King was moved into centre half back and Nitoi was now operating in the centre of the park. Clontarf were pushing for scores which created space in behind their back line which Nitoi gratefully exploited with accurate long range passes, played into the space for the EGB forward line to run onto. Doyle, O’Hara, Doherty, Byrne, Lyons and Ford all came close before Campion powered in from midfield to collect some hurried clearances and found the back of the net to claim 3 goals in quick succession. Pownall followed up with a beautiful point from a long range free. Campion added to his score tally with further points. Padden operating in the back line for the second half worked hard with King, Flood, Vickers and McEvoy to ensure EGB kept a clean sheet. Humphreys who had gone on some mazy solo runs in the second half was finally rewarded with a goal when he hit a bullet of a ground strike across the Clontarf goalkeeper and into the back of the net.