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Saturday 18 Jul 2020 Fe 16 - Hurling Championship

Midleton GAA (3:19) vs Carrigtwohill (0:14)

Mildeton, 12:00PM

In a group of 4, with the top 2 to qualify for semi-finals, a win in your opening game is absolutely vital. That was the message that the Fe16 hurlers took with them as they faced near and dear rivals Carrigtwohill. We asked the lads to start fast and take the game to their opponents and in fairness that's what they did. A dominant half-back line, combined with an industrious midfield pairing ensured a plentiful supply of quality ball to our forwards. Scores duly followed with a gap opening up, mainly due to goals from the superb Mikey Finn (from a penalty after Kamil was dragged down) and another from Kamil after a powerful run. Indeed Kamil proved to be a thorn in the Carrig defence throughout. These goals, added to excellent points from Stuart, Mikey, Alex and Dara Fitz gave us a healthy lead at halftime, 2-10 to 0-05.

The halftime whistle came at the wrong time for us and Carrig used the break to reshuffle their team and started the second half with increased intensity.  We struggled for a while and after conceding 3pts in a row, it was time for Cian Lambe to thunder into the game and regain control in the middle of the field. A textbook shoulder by Michael Roe, showed Carrig that these Magpies were not going to lie down and the storm was weathered. The game was ended as a contest, when Kamil got a lovely touch to a high ball and flicked it to the lively Dara Fitz who gave their keeper no chance. A lovely point off his left from David Greene finished the scoring after an encouraging team performance.  

We have favourites Bride Rovers away from home next and nothing less than a 20% improvement will suffice. These lads will put in the work and give it their all to get ready for that challenge. 

Congratulations to Stuart O'Connor who made his competitive debut after his recent transfer from Aghada, and contributed 2pts. Thanks also to David Cremin who climbed out of his sick bed to make a vital 20min contribution. That's the type of commitment and dedication that is abundant in this squad.

Full-time score 3-19 to 0-14.

Squad: Z. Smith; D. Scanlon, M. Roe, C. Beausang; A. Moloney, B. O'Connell, T. O'Leary Hayes; T. Roche, C. Lambe; S. O'Connor, M. Finn, N. Lang; D. Fitzgerald, K. Monak, R. De Barra; D. Cremin, R. Lester, D. Greene, F. Dalton, D. Coffey, D. Monak, A. Howard, E. McGrath, E. Higgins, 

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