Whites Cross 8-3 Crosshaven 1-4
Our u13 hurlers had another hugely impressive victory over Crosshaven on Monday evening in a sun-kissed White’s Cross. Playing conditions were ideal for hurling and this really showed in the manner of the display that the ‘Cross lads produced.
The minute the sliothar was thrown in for the first clash to get proceedings underway the pressure was piled on the Crosshaven defence. Four-goal hero Sean Kelly was simply superb in the opening half. His first goal was a great individual effort, taking it around his man and rifling it to the net, giving the goal keeper little chance of stopping after two minutes of play. That score quickly settled the Whites Cross unit and they went seeking further scores.
A long ball was delivered to Sadiq Baker on the wing and he showed great skill and awareness to get the ball into Kelly who flicked it over his opponents head and controlled it beautifully before billowing the back of the net for his second goal of the game. The same player chipped in with another well taken point following good work from Captain Jack Stuart to leave the scores 2-1 to no score after ten minutes of play.
To their credit the Crosshaven team put up a strong challenge. After some neat play by their midfielder the resulting free managed to find its way to the back of the net and gave the WX lads food for thought and if they were to get a win they were going to have to earn it. The O’ Hara brothers in the half back line , Daniel and younger brother Patrick rose to the challenge, ball after the ball they cleared their lines time and again, setting up numerous attacks for the forward division.
Gavin Cronin operating at midfield was working tirelessly with some great attacking and defensive play. After some good work by Tom Casey and Adam Kent in the back line, the ball was worked up field and Gavin was at hand to slot the ball between the posts to further stretch the WX lead. Daniel O Hara at centre back was epitomising the teams work rate and covering a huge amount of ground, joining the attack at any chance he could and this paid off with a well taken point. Jack Stuart added to the scoreboard when he goaled following some good work by Cormac O Flynn in the corner. As the half was drawing to a close it was none other than Sean Kelly to add his fifth score of the half to the referees notepad which left the scores at 5-3 to 1-0 as the players retired for a well deserved half time break.
The Whites Cross management rung the changes at half time with Harry Fitzgerald and Jordan Brandsfield joining the attack. Within minutes of their introduction they were causing the Crosshaven fullback line numerous amount of trouble and were unlucky not to get on the scoreboard in the opening stages of the second period.
With ten minutes gone into the second half the scores remained the same until Daniel O Hara roamed forward from the backline and slotted a great point between the sticks. Crosshaven replied with a fine point from their wing forward and this gave them a bit of momentum with three more unanswered points in the space of the next ten minutes.
Conor Docherty and Jack O Callaghan were introduced to add a bit of renewed energy to the attack. After some trojan work from Peter Twomey at wing back the ball was delivered into the Crosshaven square and full forward Harry Fitzgerald pulled first time to finish to the back of the net.
The Crosshaven lads dominated for a period of five minutes towards the closing stages of the game and more often than not there was one man in particular keeping them at bay and that was the aforementioned Twomey, his bravery at times went beyond the call of duty and he ensured the scoreboard was kept in favour of the boys in the green and white. Before the end of the game Luke Murphy passed to Jordan Brandsfield and he finished to the goal to wrap up proceedings with a very comfortable win in the end.
The hard work in training and the commitment of this bunch of players was there for everyone to see and they fully deserved the win.