Fifth Year Hurling Blitz

Glenstal V Castletroy College

Match Report: Tom Franklin

The current 5th year group were always eager to play a few GAA games and they got their opportunity when Castletroy agreed to play a hurling friendly game in Harty Park, Murroe, on Thursday afternoon. A small panel of 18 players made it’s way to the field where at 1.30 pm, referee, Patsy Coffey got the game underway. Two passes and a speedy corner forward meant Glenstal were on the back foot immediately as Castletroy netted the sliotar. Long puck outs from Ben Healy meant Glenstal weren’t under consistent pressure as Conor Booth, Mark O’Farrell and Andrew Walsh were able to give the Glenstal attack some precious ball. Scores were scarce at first as Castletroy’s far superior hurling ability saw them soar into a commanding lead.

First half highlights for Glenstal included the stellar display at centre back from Mark Walsh, the searing and pacey runs of Mark O’Farrell, the overhead strike from Cormac McGann that sailed into the top corner of the net and another goal slammed home by Ronan Hanly. Andrew Walsh pointed from a tight angle and Mark O’Farrell contributed with a fine point of his own. That said, the half time score read 4 – 9 to 2 – 2 in favour of Castletroy.

The second half continued in the much the same fashion with Castletroy’s superior hurling keeping them in control. There was some fine play from both teams. Andrew Walsh scored twice from the stand side of pitch to keep Glenstal moving forward. Ronan Hanly’s strong running was beginning to cause Castletroy more difficulty in their defence as he scored himself and Conor Booth converted some placed balls. Mark O’Farrell continued to show excellent form and was rewarded when he scored a fine goal of his own. One of the game’s highlights came when Harry Boland whipped on the sliotar, golf style, sending it into the net. The ensuing celebration with hands and hurley raised to the sky told it’s own story. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be a winning score as Castletroy ran away convincing winners. Their young team can look forward to competitions next year hoping to contest while Glenstal will probably focus on the oval ball once again! Well done to both teams.

Score: Glenstal           4 – 9     (21)      Castletroy        9 – 15   (42)


Harry Boland
Conor Booth
Jack Clancy
George Downing
Aran Egan
James Fitzgerald
Mark Fleming
Ronan Hanly
Ben Healy
David Kelly
Tilmann Koenen
Cormac McGann
Arthur Moore
Conor O’Brien
Mark O’Farrell
Patrick Prendergast
Andrew Walsh
Mark Walsh