U15 Boys Div 5 Hurling League
U15 boys returned to hurling action after the summer break today in a rip roaring clash against St Finians from Swords.
The lads started well knocking over some great points, but every time we seemed to be getting a grip on things, Finians seemed to find the back of the net.
The middle of the field was a real battleground with Finians moving one of their full forwards out as the spare man in mid field. It meant the Westmanstown side line had to react bringing Aidan Doyle out from corner forward to even up the numbers.
When the home team moved the ball quickly they caused all sorts of problems for the Finians full back line with Eoin Murphy leading the line with some fantastic flicks to send Charlie Mooney through on goal to score a goal and a point.
Just on the stroke of half time Finians found the back of the net for the second time to give them a two point half time lead.
The home team kept the scoreboard ticking over with Eoin Murphy, Charlie Mooney and Aidan Doyle all on the score board regularly. But again Finians found the net to give them a five point lead but that's when the home team really took over. Aidan Doyle took over the free taking duties and with deadly accuracy hit five second half points from all corners of the pitch.
There was two real turning points in the match; the first when Ewan Trunk got in behind the Finians defence to bury the ball in the back of the net and the second when one of the Finians players was red carded for a high strike with the hurley on Morgan Gladney.
The home teams defence really began to dominate with Luke Birmingham solid as ever at full back and Morgan Gladney immense at centre back, Jack Sheridan popped up all over the pitch whenever needed and Colm Murphy dependable as ever with some great sideline cuts to relieve the pressure. Wing backs Sean O Brien and Adam Kelly worked their socks off with some great blocks and clearances. Sean Solan as always chipped in with a point at a very important moment. Harry Walsh, with his pace, caused a lot of problems. Team captain Daniel White was unlucky to have to go off injured after 20 minutes. The lads that came in from the bench; Conor Teehan and Henry Todd, worked really hard and both added to the team when they came on.
All in all a great team performance against a very tough opposition to keep our unbeaten run in the league going.
GW Gaels 2-18
St Finian's Swords 4-08