Hurlers March On   22/06/2014

Uibh Laoire 1-14
Lismire 1-10

Uibh Laoire are through to the quarter-final of the Junior B Hurling County Championship after a hard fought win over a strong Lismire side at a sun-drenched Mourneabbey venue. After a somewhat slow start, Uibh Laoire slowly moved up the gears before taking control of the game and winning comfortably by a four point margin the end.

Conditions at Mourneabbey were absolutely perfect for hurling with the sun shining, not a puff of wind & the pitch in pristine condition. Lismire got off a lightning fast start, knocking over three points in the first minute to leave Uibh Laoire thinking they could be in for a long afternoon. Colin Tanner got Uibh Laoire off the mark in the third minute to settle any nerves but Lismire continued to set the pace and led 0-07 to 0-03 after seventeen minutes of play. Uibh Laoire then upped the ante with Cathal Vaughan, Kevin Manning and Colin Tanner all getting their names on the scoresheet to leave the scores level at 0-09 apiece at the interval.

The defining moment of the game came right from the throw-in for the second half as Cathal Vaughan gathered the ball twenty yards from goal, turned his man and buried the ball in the Limsire net. David Dineen immediately followed that goal with a point from long range to put Uibh Laoire in control of proceedings. Limsire tried their utmost to fight back but the Uibh Laoire defence was in an unforgiving mood with Daniel O'Riordan and Martin Cotter lording proceedings at the heart of the defence. At the other end, Kevin Manning, Barry Murphy and Cathal Vaughan continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over to give Uibh Laoire breathing space and a seven point lead entering the closing stages. Lismire did manage a late consolation goal but Uibh Laoire were not to be denied victory. The final whistle was greeted with scenes of unrivaled joy as this Uibh Laoire team continued to defy the odds in what has been an extraordinary season to date.

This was another great team performance from back to front as the management team of Christy O'Leary, Con O'Leary & Jamie Cronin were forced to ring the changes from the win in the previous round against Belgooly, due to injuries and holiday-goers. It was to be an amazing twenty-four hours for Cathal Vaughan who showed no trouble with the changeover to the small ball, scoring 1-08 after he had made his debut for the Cork Senior Footballers in their win over Tipperary the night previous. Uibh Laoire will now get a chance to avenge their first round defeat to Dromtarriffe, when the sides meet again in the quarter-final. Details of that fixture will be available on the club Twitter and Facebook in due course. 

Team: Gerard O'Donovan, Brian Murphy, Martin Cotter, Anthony McSweeney, Finbarr McSweeney(Jnr.), Daniel O'Riordan, Gerard O'Riordan(Capt.), Finbarr McSweeney(Snr.), Gerard McSweeney, Kevin Manning, Shane Galvin, Barry Murphy, Colin Tanner, Cathal Vaughan, David Dineen.

Subs Used: John McNulty, Liam Kearney, Barry O'Leary, PJ McNulty.
Unused: Robert Oldham(Gk.)

Scorers: Cathal Vaughan, 1-08(0-02 frees); Colin Tanner & Kevin Manning, 0-02 each; Barry Murphy & David Dineen, 0-01 each.

Pictured is man of the match, Daniel O'Riordan with club PRO Brian Cronin after today's County Junior B Hurling win over Lismire at Mourneabbey. Also pictured are supporters Cathal O'Riordan and Joseph Creedon.

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