Minor Bs bow out at quarter-final stage
The Minor B team’s championship journey came to an end on Sunday, 2 December in a damp and cold Tymon North against a superior Faughs team.
Lining out without a couple of key players Crokes contested the opening exchanges well and were the first to score with a point by Dara Ó Gallchobhair. Two goals for Faughs in the space of five minutes, however, rocked the lads a bit and left them with an uphill battle against an increasingly confident home side. Crokes kept hurling however and added points through Dara, Ronan Horgan and Seán Keating. Faughs scored another goal before half time leaving the score 3 – 07 to 0 – 06 at the break.
Try as they might in the second half Crokes couldn’t break down a solid Faughs defence and with a couple of county minor panel members on the team the home side put in an impressive performance picking off some splendid scores and must surely be favourites to win the championship. The Crokes defence tightened up considerably in this half however, and no more goals were conceded. Indeed Ciarán McIntyre got in for a great individual goal for Crokes with a few minutes left. The final score was Faughs 3–18 Crokes 1–09.
With a number of Under-16 players in the side Crokes can be proud of the efforts of this team throughout the year, winning the Division Three league title and reaching the quarter-final of the B championship. On this basis things look good for minor hurling in the club for 2013.
Team: Conor Sweeney, Mark Collins, Karl Doyle, Gregory Buckley, Kevin Ó Flanagáin, Éamon Allen, Seán Bedford, Seán Crowe, Ciarán McIntyere (1-0), Cathal Keane-Breslin, Ronan Horgan (0-01), Dara Ó Gallchobhair (0-03), Graham Healy-Hayes, Louis O’Sullivan (0-01), Seán Keating (0-04, 3f).
Subs: Peter Herlihy for Kevin Ó Flanagáin, Stephen Faughey for Gregory Buckley, Aindriú Ó hEachtairn for Seán Crowe, Mikey O’Dywer for Graham Healy-Hayes, Paul Comerford for Louis O’Sullivan. Adam Spollen, Des Dagg, Tadhg Murphy, Barry O’Sullivan, Daniel Coakley.
Report by Joe Ó Murchú
Photos by Diarmuid Ó Gallchobhair agus Steven Dagg