Cityjet Senior Hurling Championship Rnd 5
Robert Emmetts 3-14
Sean Treacys 4-10
By Damian Dolan
If there’s a better game of hurling in London this year, then I want to see, as Robert Emmetts and Sean Treacys served up a belter on Saturday that will take some beating.
Motivated by the desire to avoid a relegation play-off, and squeeze into the last four, the south Londoners were at times simply irresistible in the first-half as they built a 2-7 to 0-5 lead.
It wasn’t undeserved, and it could easily have been more but for Kevin O’Loughlin’s ill-luck with close range frees – one miraculously cleared off the line by Conor Walsh and the other cannoning back off the post with Sean Ryan a spectator.
Had either nestled in the Robert Emmetts’ net there would surely have been no way back for the three-in-a-row chasing county champions.
As it was, they clawed their way back to sensationally lead in the 53rd minute when Daryl Roberts goaled.
But Emmetts’ comeback was only the beginning of the drama. Going into injury-time, Emmetts led by three only for David Maher to find the back of the net in the fourth added minute. Paddy Naughton’s point seconds later looked to have won it for Emmetts, but Maher completed his hat-trick in the fifth minute of added time to give Treacys a two-point lead.
Emmetts, though, aren’t county champions for nothing and they went straight down the other end and substitute Eoin Chawke’s shot looped tantalisingly over Stephen Power and into the net, for the winning goal with the last puck of a truly extraordinary game.
Pick up your copy of this week’s Irish World for the full match report
ROBERT EMMETTS: Sean Ryan; Aidan Ryan, Conor Walsh, Mark Conroy; Paddy Naughton (0-1), Paul Horkan, Stephen Griffey; Eoin Kelly, Gary Hill (0-2); Daryl Roberts (1-0), Ritchie Murphy (0-9, 6f, 1×65), Michael O’Laochdha; Alan O’Leary, Ruairi Costello, Mick Dwyer. SUBS: Eoin Chawke (2-1) for Dwyer, Sean Dowling for Walsh, Fergus McMahon for Costello, Joe Roberts (0-1) for O’Laochdha, Conor Campion for O’Leary.
SEAN TREACYS: Stephen Power; Jack McCarron, Dave Bardon, Michael O’Connor; Paddy Dowling, Padraig Treacy (0-1), Kevin McEvoy; Ger Quilligan, Darren Moore (0-1); Harry Horgan (0-1), Conor Allis (0-1), Gavin Falconer; David Maher (3-0), Kevin O’Loughlin (1-6, 5f), Adam Hynes. SUBS: Andrew McWeeney for O’Connor.