St Enda’s ended 20 year wait to lift Junior Hurling Championship title

DOWN MEMORY LANE – JHC FINAL REPLAY 2012

Naomh Éanna 0-14 Cushendun 0-7

After a 20 year wait the senior hurlers of St Enda’s captured the Junior Hurling Championship in the Final replay defeating Cushendun with 7 points to spare. Buoyed on by an array of quality minor hurlers and experienced seniors, the Glengormley hurlers booked their place in the Ulster Championship with a game of skill, drive and determination which was enough to edge out Cushendun.

The first half was a low scoring affair with both teams exchanging 4 points apiece however the absence of scoring did not take anything away from the intensity of the final as both teams drove into tackles with the passion that a final demands. Darrach Cooper almost had an explosive start when through on goal, looked for the pass the opportunity was lost. 

Conleith McNeil opened the scoring forCushendun with a free and Philly Currran responded for St Enda’s. However Cushendun, with the aid of a stiff breeze failed to capitalise on their advantage and hit 10 wides in the first half.  While St Enda’s also had a number of wides it was clear who was the happier of the two teams at half time.

The 2nd half started well for Cushendun who opened the scoring however St Enda’s then stepped the intensity and started to Have a bigger influence on the game. As a consequence the scores became easier for St Enda’s who, for the first time in both the final and the replay, went ahead and proceeded to take points from play and frees when the opportunity presented. It was clear from midway through the half who would win this final as St Enda’s scored 10 second half points to Cushendun’s 3, the last being a sideline cut from McNeill.

Cushendun rallied late on and had a several goal opportunities which brought out the best of the St Enda’s defence and in particular goalkeeper Martin Curran. Speaking afterwards, St Enda’s manager Jamie Curran spoke of his delight at managing the team to JHC success ‘The lads have worked really hard, trained well and have been focused.  Since our opening Championship match against O’Donnell’s, when we did not play to potential, the players have raised their efforts, their attitude and it has paid off today.  We are a young team, with a number of minor hurlers, 5 of whom started the game today. We’ll celebrate tonight but must start on Sunday preparing for the Ulster Championship next weekend”.

St Enda’s End 20 Year Wait to lift Junior Hurling Championship

Naomh Éanna 0-14 Cushendun 0-7

After a 20 year wait the senior hurlers of St Enda’s captured the Junior Hurling Championship in the Final replay defeating Cushendun with 7 points to spare. Buoyed on by an array of quality minor hurlers and experienced seniors, the Glengormley hurlers booked their place in the Ulster Championship with a game of skill, drive and determination which was enough to edge out Cushendun.

The first half was a low scoring affair with both teams exchanging 4 points apiece however the absence of scoring did not take anything away from the intensity of the final as both teams drove into tackles with the passion that a final demands. Darrach Cooper almost had an explosive start when through on goal, looked for the pass the opportunity was lost.  Conleith McNeil opened the scoring for

Cushendun with a free and Philly Currran responded for St Enda’s. However Cushendun, with the aid of a stiff breeze failed to capitalise on their advantage and hit 10 wides in the first half.  While St Enda’s also had a number of wides it was clear who was the happier of the two teams at half time.

The 2nd half started well for Cushendun who opened the scoring however St Enda’s then stepped the intensity and started to Have a bigger influence on the game. As a consequence the scores became easier for St Enda’s who, for the first time in both the final and the replay, went ahead and proceeded to take points from play and frees when the opportunity presented. It was clear from midway through the half who would win this final as St Enda’s scored 10 second half points to Cushendun’s 3, the last being a sideline cut from McNeill.

Cushendun rallied late on and had a several goal opportunities which brought out the best of the St Enda’s defence and in particular goalkeeper Martin Curran. 

Speaking afterwards, St Enda’s manager Jamie Curran spoke of his delight at managing the team to JHC success ‘The lads have worked really hard, trained well and have been focused.  Since our opening Championship match against O’Donnell’s, when we did not play to potential, the players have raised their efforts, their attitude and it has paid off today.  We are a young team, with a number of minor hurlers, 5 of whom started the game today. We’ll celebrate tonight but must start on Sunday preparing for the Ulster Championship next weekend”.

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