Intermediates overcome Trinity Gaels in Quarter Final

In a tightly fought contest the Intermediates beat a spirited Trinity Gaels side by 5 points in Silverpark. A great display by the backs proved too much for Trinity Gaels, holding out well in the last 10 minutes. It is exciting times for the Intermediates welcoming two minors William McCabe and Ronan Walsh onto the panel along with the Under 16 Goal keeper Barry Mulligan.

We are delighted to see Peter Clinton coming of age and were glad to see Richie getting his 21st present. 

DOG070527_Int_Trnty18a.jpgManager O Neill said “We had a great performance on Tuesday by Barrai Brennan and Fergus Mangan this made a position in quarter final today possible.  Eoin Murphy also had a great game on Tuesday and although carrying an injury made it to the line for todays game. It is very important that we appreciate the talents of the strong panel of players we have if we are to proceed in this championship. I am particularly happy for Peter Clinton who scored 0-1 on Tuesday and 0-2 today when he completed a full 60 minutes of championship hurling. Also Richie Power who made huge effort to make todays game and now that he has passed 21 should begin to come of age nicely. I was very impressed with Mangan in particular last Tuesday, his commitment was 100%. It was great to have his brother playing there today – Ray who has been extremely helpful both on the pitch and in the background, by having his brother return my calls. Another one who is working hard in training is John Ross Hunt, the selectors and I feel that he is another one pushing hard for a place. Full back Thomas Donoghue was outstanding last Tuesday and had another strong game today. We also welcome back Conor Condon from injury – he made a large contribution to today’s game.” O Neill added, we were particularly happy with discipline issues today, good respect shown to referee and no silly fouls.

Selector Seamus Kennedy added “ it was great to come through today’s game with no major injury issues, a number of the players are training with the senior panel and it is important that all are hail and hearthy for the coming few weeks. Kennedy added, we really appreciate the patience that the players have shown given the fact that the some of them are as of yet unknown to the selectors. It worries me sometimes that we are in fact overlooking the talents of some of the players and this is something we will be working hard to remedy over the coming weeks”

Selector Emmet Moloney who played an important part on Tuesday night was away in Thurles for the annual thrashing of Clare by Cork. Emmet, a Clareman, has not missed a championship and is still living in hope that the banner county will one day overcome Cork before he has to meet his maker.

Man of the match today was Willie Ryan at wing back. Crokes fought to the end and the heads never dropped which was great to see.

The team list for today was as follows :

Diarmuid Howley, Andrew Hopkins, Tom Donoghue, Niall Lillis, Ray Mangan, Eoin De Paor, Willie Ryan (0-2), Damien McSweeney, David Baker, Barrai Brennan, Conor Condon, Mick Dalton (0-1),Peter Clinton(0-2),Adrian Crean, Dara Burke(0-5), 3 from frees. Subs Richie Power (1-1) on for Barrai Brennan. Other team members, Dave Canny, Fergus Monnelly, Barry Mulligan, Ronan Walsh, Ronan Walsh Jnr, William McEvoy, Eoin O Keefe, Donal Holohan, Eoin Murphy. Apologies Hugh O Connor away out of country.

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