Newcestown U16 hurlers played the first round of the hurling championship last Monday evening in Brinny with Cloughduv providing the opposition.The first half proved to be an even enough affair leaving the half time score Newcestown 0-5, Cloughduv 0-8.
In the second half Cloughduv scored an early goal to extend their lead to five points. This served as a catalyst for an improved Newcestown performance. Two goals from Sean O Donovan and Brendan O'Mahony saw the St John's boys leading by two points as the referee was considering blowing the final whistle. However Cloughduv scored a fortuitous goal and quickly tacked on another point to run out winners on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-11.
This was an agonising defeat but all concerned can feel justifiably proud of their effort.
Team on the night: P O'Riordan, G O'Sullivan, G Collins, T O'Sullivan, C Cadogan, J Kelleher, C Desmond, C Dinneen (0-10,0-8f), P Collins, K Phelan, S O'Donovan(1-0), B O'Mahony (1-0), S Collins, E Courtney(0-1), G O'Donovan, S Scanlon, C Lordan and D Good.
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