Clare Champion Cup Intermediate Hurling Round 1
In a windswept but largely dry Gurteen given the forecast, the St. Joseph’s Intermediate’s had their first day out in this, the first round of the Clare Champion Cup of 2016.
The game started nervously for the Parish with the defence coming under sustained pressure immediately. Clearances from Seamus Nugent fell short and a goalmouth scramble ensued. However Paul Madden in the Barfield goals was up to the task and would prove crucial in keeping the Parish in this game.
Ivor Whyte scored three points, 1 from a free to keep St. Joseph’s thereabouts but a goal was coming for Parteen and came just before half time.
Eamonn Clohessy put over a well earned point and Aaron Landy contributed 2 points, one from a free before half time.
The half time score read St. Joseph’s 0-07, Parteen 1-06
Oisin Keneally came on for Landy just before the start of the second half. Ivor Whyte put one between the posts only to be followed with a Parteen point a few minutes later. Parteen then won a free from a goal scoring position. Paul Madden pulled off a heroic save again to deny the East Clare men. Jarleth Colleran then sailed a point over but Parteen responded with a well worked goal that exposed the St. Joseph’s defence.
Then a high lobbing ball into the square by Donal O’Halloran wasn’t dealt with by the Parteen goalie and trickled into the net for a goal. A point from a free for Parteen and another goal from play saw Parteen punish and pull away.
As frustrations grew, matters were not helped when John Kennedy was shown a second yellow card and was sent off. Then Paul Madden had to stop the Parteen forward who seemed on his way for a certain goal. Madden was yellow carded and a penalty was awarded to Parteen, this was subsequently put over the bar. Ivor Whyte finished with 2 points from free’s for the match to peter out in the end on a final score line of St. Joseph’s 1-11 to Parteen 3-10. St. Joseph’s next opponents will be Clarecastle.
Team: Paul Madden, Seamus Nugent, Peter Dileen, Declan Meehan, Eamonn Clohessy, Mark Hallinan, Donal O’Halloran, Aaron Landy, Jarleth Colleran, Kevin Dileen, Niall DeLoughrey, Leo Duggan, Ivor Whyte, John Kennedy. Subs used; Oisin Keneally, Jonathan Casey.
Match Report by: Cillian Griffey, PRO