Cityjet Senior Hurling Championship Rnd 4
St Gabriels 3-14
Sean Treacys 1-14
By Damian Dolan
At McGovern Park, Ruislip
St Gabriels are still fighting in this year’s championship after a gutsy display brought them their first victory of the campaign. It was a must-win for the Gabriels, and it felt like it.
Defeat was unthinkable and would have left Tommy Duane’s charges up against it to reach the semi-finals. As it is, victory moved St Gabriels up to third in the table, but their top four place is still far from assured with Fr Murphys, Cuchullains and Sen Treacys all still in the hunt.
Victory for Sean Treacys would have put them in pole position in the race for the top four, and going into the last ten minutes the sides’ were locked together at 3-7 to 1-13.
Indeed, there had been little to choose between them over the previous 50 enthralling minutes, but it was in those final ten minutes that Gabriels dealt with the pressure better, keeping their nerve to keep the scoreboard ticking over, while Treacys just tightened up with the finishing line in sight.
Outscored by seven points to one in the last ten minutes, Treacys will need to beat Robert Emmetts in Round 5 if they are to have any chance of making the semi-finals, while Gabriels will slug it out with Cuchullains. With first use of a handy breeze at Ruislip, Treacys had earlier made a good start.
They already led 0-2 to 0-1 when Padraig Treacy’s free broke to Kevin Aherne in a crowded square, and he turned and fired the ball to the net. Aherne added a point and Treacys led by five, but no sooner had Michael Ivors opened his account from placed balls, than a long hopeful ball in, which was going wide, drew a mistake from Stephen Power and Eoin Tuohy goaled.
Treacy immediately forced James Barrett into a good save, and it was clear we had a cracker on our hands. The pace and intensity would never let up.
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ST GABRIELS: James Barrett (0-1f); Eoghan Pierce, Francis Tierney, Fergus Fahy; Michael Coady, Enda Cooney (0-1), Ronan Royston; Neil Rogers (0- 1), David Nolan; Luke Hands (1- 2), Scott Conroy (0-1), Ciaran Cunningham; Kevin Coen (0-1), Michael Ivors (1-7, 5f, 1×65), Eoin Tuohy (1-0). SUBS: Dave O’Gorman for Coen, Chris Maloney for Fahy.
SEAN TREACYS: Sephen Power; Michael O’Connor, Mark Carter, Andrew McWeeney; Kevin McEvoy, Dave Bardon, Ger Quilligan; Padraig Treacy (0-8, 7f, 1×65, Darren Moore (0- 1); Gavin Falloner, Kevin Aherne (1-1), Harry Horgan; Adam Hynes (0-1), Conor Allis (0-2), Kevin O’Loughlin (0-1). SUBS: Denis Crowley for Aherne.