Minor B's Narrowly Miss Out
Kilmacud Crokes minor B hurlers lost out to Raheny in St Anne’s Park on Monday 25th July 2011 after an exciting Division 3 play off to decide who would progress to the league final. Four teams had finished on fourteen points at the conclusion of the eight ordinary rounds
The pitch was in splendid condition on a lovely evening for hurling with little wind. Raheny built up an early lead but were rocked by a tenth minute Conor O’Byrne goal. Crokes then tacked on a few overs but as the half wore on the concession of frees told gave the home side led an 0-10 to 1-5 interval lead, Six of the Raheny scores came from the placed ball.
The second half provided great entertainment. Jack O’Brien got a great early point. As the game wore on Crokes undoubtedly had the better of the territorial exchanges but could not turn their dominance into a win. Several narrowly missed opportunities proved their undoing. However, the team could not be faulted for effort and were a little unfortunate at crucial stages. A prime example came just when Crokes had pegged their opposition back after forty five minutes. At that point they conceded a goal against the run of play. Undaunted, they kept going and, if anything, upped their effort. Andy Cullinane's fifty third minute goal narrowed the margin. Crokes piled on yet more pressure but the requisite scores just would not come as Raheny held on for a 1-14 to 2-9 win. On a night when every player gave his all Niall Hanley, KJ McGowan, Mark Collins, Odhran O’Siochru, Ciaran McIntyre and Donal Keane were most prominent.
M Herlihy, C McIntyre, A Colclough, M O’Dwyer, C O’Dwyer, O O’Siochru, M Collins, N Hanley, D Keane, L O’Sullivan, KJ McGowan, J O’Brien, A Cullinane, C O’Byrne, D O’Gallchobhair. Sub: C Keane-Breslin for J O’Brien and P Herlihy.