Premier 2 Minor Hurling Championship Newcestown 1-14 St. Colmans 0-15.
Newcestown restarted their hurling campaign on a bright Wednesday evening in Ballincollig with a tight fought victory against the recently formed St. Colmans team. St Colmans a combination of Russell Rovers and Cloyne were quick of the mark and lead by 4 points to 1 on ten minutes. Newcestown started to hurl with more confidence in the last 20 minutes of the half. Two identical cross field balls to Luke Meade were controlled instantly and resulted in two points from his own hurley and one from Jack O’ Toole respectively. Hardworking Murt Kennelly and Darragh Curran popped up with the next scores to leave the match level. Cian Healy completed the half with two more points to leave the half time score seven points apiece.
St Colmans again started the half the better and gained a four point lead. The Newcestown rear guard however bounced back against a strong wind with the full back line of brilliant Murray, Murphy and Collins clearing ball after ball. On one occasion alone following a save by McCarthy who played despite a vicious dog bite earlier in the week, the backs performed three blocks in a row which drove the St. John's men on. With energetic Jordan now out around midfield and a half back line winning the puck outs Newcestown struck for the crucial goal. A long ball was met by young substitute Courtney with a deft flick that raised the green flag. The goal sandwiched between four Healy frees put Newcestown into the lead. A fantastic score from Jacko placed Newcestown in good position heading into the last few minutes and as the time ebbed away, great interplay between Meade, Healy and Kennelly left Murt with the space to seal the victory. Next up Aghabolluge or Bishopstown in the quarter final.
Team: J. McCarthy, N. Murray (c), G. Murphy, R. Collins, C. O’ Mahony, M. McSweeney, C. Clarke, M. Kennelly (0-2), L. O’ Donovan, J. O’ Toole (0-2), J. Jordan, D. Curran, C. Healy (0-8 – 5 frees), S. O’ Donovan, L. Meade (0-1). Substitutions: E. Courtney (1-0) for S. Donovan (35minutes)