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Saturday 01 Aug 2020 Fe 16 - Hurling League

Midleton GAA (3:16) vs Bride Rovers (1:21)

Bride Rovers, 12:00PM

Another gritty performance from this improving Midleton U16 hurling side saw us visit Rathcormac on Saturday morning to defeat a fancied Brides Rovers outfit. This game was set up as a major test of our lads to show could they build on their win over Carrigtwohill and they passed with flying colours. Midleton started with a whirlwind, quickly racing to a 6 to 1 point lead, where our defence proved rock solid with a fullback line of Dara Scanlon, Michael Roe and Cathal Beausang which conceded no score from play throughout the game. First half was nip and tuck and despite Kamil Monak’s goal and Mickey Finn’s opportunist frees, both sides were level at half time (1-08 to 0-11) after Bride Rovers converted a series of frees. Brian O’Connell excelled at centre back, ably assist by his half back partners Alex Moloney and the impressive Tadhg O’Leary Hayes.

The second half was an exhibition of superb hurling from both sides, a truly competitive contest that saw Midleton players continuously hunting and harassing their opponents, the midfield of Cian Lambe and Tiarnán Roche working very hard throughout. Both sides swapped the lead on a few occasions but goals from Kamil and Mikey gave Midleton confidence to push for the win. Zac Smyth’s long puck outs enabled strong contributions from Dave Cremin and Stuart O’Connor, and Dara Fitzgerald was always on hand to pounce for a score. With Bride Rovers leading by two points with five minutes remaining, a collective effort by Midleton saw them score three points in succession to win the match by the smallest margin (fulltime score: 3-16 to 1-21).

Well done and congratulations to our lads, unbeaten, and although there is more room for improvement, this side are on the march and are building momentum towards the business end of this competition.

Midleton Scorers: M Finn 1-10 (0-09f); K Monak 2-00; D Fitzgerald 0-03; T Roche, D Cremin, A Moloney 0-01 each.

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

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