U21's win Roinn C Championship 15/11/08 20/11/2008

posted 4 Feb 2011, 11:55 by Unknown user

U21 Hurlers are County Champions. Graignamanagh1-09 Bennettsbridge 0-10  Graignamanagh lifted the Roinn C U21 Cup after a well-deserved win over Bennettsbridge on Saturday. In a well-contested game on the soft slippery surface Graig were always well in contention. Scores were hard to come by in the opening half but a point from Nicholas O’Donnell and a converted free from Padraig Whelan kept us in the game and we went in at half time trailing by 0-5 to 0-2.  A rousing half time speech from within themselves lifted the spirits and they went back on the pitch determined not to leave this one behind them. An early point from Dane Mangan brought us closer only to be widened again by three quick points from The Bridge, 0-8 to 0-3. Things were looking ominous but these scores were the wake up call for the Graig boys and points from play from Padraig Whelan, Jim O’Donnell and Nicholas O’Donnell and a free from Ray Coady brought the margin down to one minor score,  0-8 to 0-7.  Few could have foreseen such a rousing response.  Boosted by the barrage of points Graig charged forward and put The Bridge under ferocious pressure, a poor clearance fell to the lively Sean O’Brien and no better man to bury it in The Bridge net. 1-7 to 0-8. The Bridge responded with a quick point before Sean O’Brien sent over another and Padraig Whelan sealed it with a pointed free. Bennettsbridge stormed up the field looking for an equalizer but the Graig defense stood firm as they did throughout the whole game. This win was long overdue for this bunch of players who have been starved of success on the hurling fields over the last few years at underage level. Team: Ian Kavanagh, Shane Haugh, Sean Ryan, Stuart Kinsella, CJ Browne, Ray Coady, James O’Neill, Jim O’Donnell, Michael Cushen, Dane Mangan, Padraig Whelan, Sean O’Brien, Kevin Cushen, Nathan Sbila Nicholas O’Donnell, Kyle Naddy, Kevin Canning and John Morgan.                                                                            The Joy was short lived due to the sudden illness of Mr. Henry Bolger RIP. Tinnahinch. The tragedy that unfolded thereafter brought great sadness to all present and sympathy from all in the Club is extended to The Bolger family. Henry was a loyal supporter of all Graig teams and his support was much appreciated especially by this U21 team who turned out in large numbers for the Guard of Honour at his funeral on Monday evening. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.

A special word of thanks and praise to Stuart Kinsella, for all his efforts and the mature and calm manner, which he displayed until the Ambulance services arrived. We are all very proud of Stuart in the GAA Club and indeed of all the lads who helped out on Saturday.

Graig launch another attack

More pressure for Bennettsbridge

Shane Haugh & Michael Cushen in control in defence

Graig hold possession under pressure

Ray makes no mistake with this one.

Keep control now Nick

Graig defend in numbers.

County Chairman Mr. Paul Kinsella presents the Cup to Ray.