Coláiste an Átha v New Ross CBS
Today the 01/05/18 Coláiste an Átha played a county final v New Ross CBS in Kennedy Park in New Ross. The match started at 11 and the two teams were fired up for the game. The weather was proving to make the match difficult to perform to top standard as the warm up ended the wind picked up and the rain fell relentlessly on the players many opting to keep jackets and hoodies on until the last minute before throw in and the pitch was loitered with holes from the weekends championship games.
Coláiste an Átha started very strong as they were 5-1 to 0-0 after the first ten minutes. Declan Sinnott and Cormac Walsh were in fine form despite Cormac coming back from a heavy concussion he sustained a few weeks previous. The pair combined on a number of occasions to give Coláiste an Átha an early lead. The lads came off to give some of the younger boys such as Clinton McCormack and MJ Fox. Despite the absence of our two key men the lads really showed their class going on to put Coláiste an Átha even further ahead. New Ross never really looked like coming back after some aggressive defensive displays from Edward Harney, Jake Stamp and Tristan Whelan but some fabulous attacking play from New Ross saw them register their first score of the game and the score at half time was 11-4 to 0-01.
Some words of encouragement from Mr Breen at half time had the team hungry to start the second half. They started the half as they had ended the first always looking to add to their already impressive score line a glorious goal from Alan O’ Connor saw the Coláiste an Átha edge further into the lead the addition of Declan Sinnott back onto the pitch at half time added more strength in defence in the centre back position even though questionably playing as a forward. In the second half the team were adding to the already hefty score line that we had put on the New Ross team. The boys relentlessly kept ticking over the scoreboard to show their true potential as future hurlers for club and county. The main objective of the day was to get the win and secure our place in a south Leinster semi-final against a team that has not yet been decided.
Coming to the end of the match Coláiste an Átha started to ease off a bit as New Ross scored another 1-1 in the final few minutes. The lads from New Ross
never really stood a chance against the Kilmuckridge boys as they proved too strong for them in every position across the field.
In the end the Kilmuckridge boys were the more dominant side as the New Ross boys could not find a way back as Coláiste an Átha won out 19-8 to 1-3 overall it was a comfortable win for the lads with the Declan Sinnott scoring 7-3 and Cormac Walsh scoring 5-2.
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