After going out of the U-21 championship with a four-point defeat by Doon, the focus has shifted to the Intermediate premier championship preparation and both the East Senior and Intermediate competitions.
First up was South Liberties with the game being played in LIT (12th March). At the final whistle Murroe-Boher were two points short on a score line of 2-19 to 2-17. Although defeated the team played well and the game was in the balance throughout. Sean Tobin top scored for Murroe-Boher with an excellent 1-11 (unerring from frees with 0-8). Finn Hourigan with the other goal as he burst through from wing-back to crack the ball to the net. Conor Moore minding the Murroe Boher net had no chance with both South Liberties goals, but he did produce two fine first half saves to keep us in touch. The management team tried out players in different positions and learnt a lot from the game as every player gave their all. Aside from the result, the other downside was an injury to Karl Cusack, who had started brightly. Both teams left the field with credit and any neutrals present would have enjoyed a good game of hurling with some fine skills on display.
Team: Conor Moore, Joe Keays, William Clohessy, Dylan Ryan, Cillian Byrnes, Seamus Hickey (0-1), Finn Hourigan (1-0), Darren Dunlea (0-2), John Richardson, Kevin Clohessy, Sean Tobin (1-11), Karl Cusack (0-1), Eoin Hourigan, Jack Casey (0-2), Pat Tobin, Darragh Kennedy, Barry Cusack, Dan Ryan, William MacNamara, Gavin Ryan.
Needing a victory, next up was Pallasgreen on the 19th March in Boher. A team that we will play in round 6 of the championship, this was an unexpected one sided affair, with Murroe-Boher running out comfortable winners on a score line of 6-18 to 0-6. Pallas never really got going and Murroe-Boher dominated in every position throughout the game. With everyone getting a half, it was a good opportunity to see every player available on the day and try several different options. With jersey’s up for grabs against Mungret, on everyone’s minds, the team gave everything and the emergence of several younger players has added to options. With Conor and all the backs playing super hurling (clear from the final score against us – just 0-1 from play), Barry Cusack deserves special mention on this occasion. This young player has grown in the last few matches, and with the unfortunate injury to Diarmuid Byrnes, has given us another choice in the back line. In the middle of the park Darren and Ross contributed 0-3 points between them and controlled the game. The forwards had a field day contributing 6-14. An impressive tally in any game, with the Tobin brothers contributing 5-09 between them. Eoin Hourigan continued the Hourigan brothers run of scoring goals with a goal in this game, with Cillian Byrnes ending with a nice haul of 0-3. The Kennedy brothers also contributed 0-2. Darragh from centre back and Ross from midfield with two great scores.
Nobody is under any illusions though, this was just a bad day for Pallas and they will be ready for the championship game later in the year.
Team: Conor Moore, Brian Timmons, Joe Keays, Barry Cusack, Conor Byrnes, Darragh Kennedy (0-1), Finn Hourigan, Seamus Hickey, Ross Kennedy (0-1), Darren Dunlea (0-2), Cillian Byrnes (0-3), Sean Tobin (3-08), Dylan o’ Connor, Eoin Hourigan (1-01), Pat Tobin (2-01), Jack Casey (0-1), Kevin Clohessy, Dylan Ryan, Dan Ryan, Gavin Ryan.
Sunday 26th of March had Murroe-Boher play the East intermediate semi-final against Caherline in Cappamore. This was a much tighter affair and Caherline played some tremendous hurling, especially in the first half.
Murroe-Boher started ok, but conceded two quick goals mid-way through the half, as Caherline played much the better hurling in this opening period with direct ball causing many problems for us. In a half, short of many highlights for Murroe-Boher, Pat Walsh’s two points, long range efforts from Conor Byrnes and Sean Tobin combined with some good play and free taking from Dylan O’ Connor (0-3) stood out and a fine catch and clearance under pressure from John Richardson at the end of the half kept Murroe-Boher in touch. The effort was there as was clear from Will MacNamara chasing down a Caherline back near the side-line to block him down, but things were flat.
No surprise at half time that Murroe-Boher trailed by 7 points on a score line of 2-10 to 0-9. No panic though, with Pat Tobin, Declan Kett, and Brian Timmons being introduced at half time. Barry Cusack was also thrown into the fray a little later in the piece. Sean Tobin suffering from a stomach bug was moved closer to goal, and that was to pay the expected dividends. Caherline were to score first in the second half, but Murroe-Boher set about cutting the deficit as players began to play to the standards they can. Darren Dunlea stormed into it with 2 points, Jack Casey won serious ball, Cillian added a point and the gap was closing steadily. The back line tightened up and were to hold Caherline to just 4 points in the half. The catalysts for this victory though were Pat Tobin and Declan Kett. Both men started to win balls from the Caherline puck-outs and with this possession now in our favour the tide was turning. Pat’s two points in succession another driving force. With the score board reading 2-12 to 0-14, Pat Tobin found Seanie and he broke through to find the net. Trailing by the minimum and the momentum with Murroe-Boher, there looked only one winner. Caherline did battle to the end and extended the lead back to 2 shortly after, but Murroe-Boher hit 5 out of the next 6 scores to leave 2 points between the sides. Caherline won a close in free late on and had to go for goal, but the Murroe-boher defence stood firm and Joe Keays cleared to secure the win on the final score of 1-19 to 2-14.
Team: Conor Moore, Dylan Ryan, Joe Keays, John Richardson, Conor Byrnes (0-1), Sean Tobin (1-5), Kieran o’ Brien, Darren Dunlea (0-2), Kevin Clohessy, Gavin Ryan, Cillian Byrnes (0-1), Jack Casey (0-1), Pat Walsh (0-2), Willie MacNamara, Dylan o’ Connor (0-5), Declan Kett, Pat Tobin (0-2), Brian Timmons, Barry Cusack, Andrew Walsh.
Next up will be the first round of the Intermediate premier championship. Murroe-Boher will travel to Claughaun to face Mungret on Friday the 7th of April at 6:30. All support for this game would be appreciated by the team.