Our Intermediate hurlers were defeated by Dunhill in the Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs Eastern final last Saturday afternoon on a score-line of 2-15 to 0-13. The lads gave it their all on the day, but to be fair Dunhill proved too strong on the day.
The opening exchanges were well contested, with Ferrybank getting off to a good start, with points from Cormac O' Driscoll and MJ Sutton. Oisín MacCathmhaoil then levelled the game up at 4 points each. Ferrybank had a good goal scoring chance when Oisín evaded his marker and passed the ball to Cormac O' Driscoll, but Cormac shot went across the goal and was saved by the keeper. Moments later Dunhill scored their opening goal, when a miss hit free wasn’t cleared by the Ferrybank defence and the Dunhill forward’s shot went through a mass of players and into the corner of the net.
Despite this set back, Ferrybank kept battling away, where Johno Brown in the goal pulled off a fantastic save preventing a second Dunhill goal. Points from Mark O' Brien, Luke Flynn and Cormac O' Driscoll left the team three points behind at the break.
The second-half, was a another close affair, with both sides trading points, with Mark and Cormac keeping Ferrybank in the hunt. Crucially, with two points in it, Ferrybank hit three wides on the trot, and following a Dunhill attack, and Ferrybank failing to clear their lines, Dunhill struck their second goal, with a rasping shot into the top corner of the net leaving Johno with no chance.
Dunhill hit over another two points straight away to put clear daylight between the sides, and tried as Ferrybank did, Sam Lawless had his goal bound shot saved for a '65 and John Ahern had his shot blocked, it wasn’t to be for the lads.
No faults to the players, as they gave it their all on the day, and it’s a young team, who will have learnt a lot from this year’s campaign. We can look forward to next year with great confidence. Congratulations to Dunhill, and we wish them the best in the County final.
Thanks to Doxer, Chuck, Marty, Dominick, David, Maxi, Tony, Declan and Andy for putting in a huge amount of work in preparing the team during the year, and to all the supporters who came along and supported the players during each game; it was great to see a huge crowd in Walsh Park supporting the lads.
PANEL: Johno Brown, Nicky Ryan, Damien Ahern, Seamus Burtchaell, Andrew Heffernan, MJ Sutton (0-01), Graham Coady, Luke Flynn (0-01), Mark O' Brien (0-04), Sam Lawless, Oisín MacCathmhaoil (0-01), Cormac O' Driscoll (0-06), John Ahern, Davy Atkins, Robbie Carew, Shane O’ Sullivan, Pat O' Neill, Tiernan Morrissey, Philly Blake, Conor Hogan, Alex Kinsella, Paul Martin, Aidan Synnott, Jeff Lawless.
Our Junior Footballers will play Kill in the quarter-finals of the John J Murphy sponsored competition, with the winners playing Ballyduff Lower in the semis. At the time of going to press, no official time, date or venue has been confirmed for the Kill game, so keep an eye on social media for a confirmed date.
UNDER 21 HURLING:
Ferrybank will team up with Erin’s Own in this year’s Under 21 Championship and will compete in the ‘A section. The joint team have drawn Clonea in the quarter-finals, with the winners playing Roanmore or Mount Sion in the semis.
Our annual night at the dogs will take place on Saturday November 19th in Kilcohan Park. This is one of the club’s major fundraisers for the year, and we would encourage all players, supporters and members to come along to this great night out. So, keep this date free in your diary, and support your local GAA club.
The Clothing collection is still continuing, and if you have unwanted clothes, curtains, towels, belts, paired shoes etc., you can drop the down to the GAA grounds on a Saturday morning from 10am-12pm.
The Club nursery programme takes place every Saturday morning from 10am-11am in the GAA grounds, and it is aimed for boys and girls aged between 5 & 6 yers old. The Club Nursey encourages parents to bring their kids along, and learn the skills of our national game. It is also a great way for children and parents to meet and make new friends and get involved with the club. All helmets, hurleys are supplied on the day.