Minor Hurling League, Round 3, 27/04/16

GBC minors took on Thomastown in Tom Ryall Park last Wednesday in the third round of the league. After two losses to city teams, a win was badly needed to boost morale and build some momentum in this league, prior to the exam break. With only five minutes on the clock, a Thomastown forward broke loose and picked his spot from close range. Bill Cuddihy brought off a great save, avoiding an early setback.

Aaron Brennan was excellent on the frees, while Conor Flynn effectively kept the Kilkenny minor centre forward at bay. Twenty minutes in, Colum Prendiville made one of his trademark runs through the heart of the ‘town defence and shot low and hard to the corner. The save rebounded and Dylan Lanigan reacted quickly to smash the ball over the line. The half time score was GBC 1-7, Thomastown 0-9.

This GBC team’s fighting spirit made a welcome reappearance after the break. A few positional switches and the introduction of Killian Egan helped the cause and GBC ran out winners by 2 points. Colum Prendiville scored 5 points from play and dominated the midfield area in the second half. Tom Dunphy, Tommy Ronan and Evan Walsh stormed into the game after the break, while Ciaran Hogan and Geordan Davis were strong in attack, adding a point each from play for good measure. Final score: GBC 1-15, Thomastown 0-16.
GBC: B Cuddihy, E Walsh, T Dunphy, G Doheny, T Ronan, C Flynn, J Roberts, C Prendiville (0-5), A Corcoran, G Davis (0-1), C Hogan (0-1), L O’Brien, A Brennan 0-7, (5fs), J Lawlor, D Lanigan 1-1.
Subs: A O’Brien, K Egan, P Murphy, G Murphy, A Wall, F Lanigan, S Keoghan, S Ryan (inj).