Bantry Blues U16 C Hurling West Cork Final Aug 15th, 2014. 2014-08-18 14:14:00

Bantry Blues took the U16 West Cork C Hurling Championship in Aughaville with a comprehensive win over Fastnet Gaels on Friday, August 15th.  These two teams had shared the honours in their two league meetings this year but Blues put in a first half performance to leave themselves in a very strong position at half time.

Jack McCarthy opened Bantry’s scoring with a point, quickly followed by another from Tom Daly. Fastnet Gaels went in front when a long range free from Jason Whitley was dropped into the goalmouth and flicked to the net. A fine point from Barry O’Sullivan put the teams’ level again and then Jack McCarthy shot Blues ahead with his second point. There then followed a period when Bantry pulled away. Daniel Murray in the full forward line won possession, rounded his man and finished to the net. James Lavin converted two frees and then Daniel Murray repeated the dose with his second goal. A point from Fastnet Gaels was replied to with a remarkable third goal from Daniel Murray. Further points from James Lavin and Tom Daly put Bantry in a commanding position at the break by 3-09 to 1-03.

Gaels needed a good start to the second half but it was Bantry who struck first when James Lavin shot over a free. Jack McCarthy hit the net moments later from a pass by Sean Cronin to extend the lead. Fastnet Gaels replied with a pointed free but Blues continued to dominate with points from James Lavin and Jack McCarthy and a goal from Billy Foley. Gaels had a brief period when they pulled back 1-02 but the scoring finished with a pointed free from James Lavin and a final goal from Sean Cronin left the score at Bantry Blues 6-14, Fastnet Gaels 2-07.

The scoreline does not accurately reflect the efforts of Fastnet Gaels who came up against a side for who everything went right on the day. Great credit is due to them for the way they continued to battle to the end and the skill and commitment they showed bodes well for the future of the Gaels.

Bantry had many memorable performances but captain Ronan O’Mahony put in a man-of-the match hour. In the full back line Patrick Casey and Robyn McCarthy were tenacious and the half back line led by Gavin Cronin and flanked by Shane McSweeney and Eoghan Minihane was the platform for this win. Overall a very satisfying evening for the Blues who are now go forward in the county competition, their opposition at this time not determined.

Bantry Blues: Shane Murray, Patrick Casey, Robyn McCarthy, Shane McSweeney, Gavin Cronin, Eoghan Minihane, Ronan O’Mahony (Capt.), Jack McCarthy (1-04), James Lavin (0-7, 5F, 1-65), Tom Daly (0-2), Daniel Murray (3-0), Barry O’Sullivan (0-1). Subs used: Sean Cronin (1-0), Billy Foley (1-0), Sean Thornton, Ronan Shiels, Matthew Barry. James Crowley, Eoghan O’Shea, James McGlinchey. 

Fastnet Gaels: Padraig Downey, Oisin Barrett, Patrick Hodnett, Padraig Reidy, Thomas Newman, Keith O’Sullivan, Jason Whitley, Kieran Roycroft, Tadhg Cullinane, Sam Coughlan, Danny McSweeney, Ryan O’Neill. Subs: John Supple, Timmy McCarthy, Tristan O’Sullivan, James Kelly, Caelain Dixon O’Rourke, Cian Bowen, James O’Driscoll.          

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