U13 Leinster League Report for Naas v’s Glynn Barntown.
U13 Glynn Barntown (Wexford) 3-06 Naas 2-09
On Saturday Feb 18th Naas U13 Juvenile hurlers travelled to Glynn Barntown in Co Wexford for their first game in the U13 Leinster Cross Border League.
The convoy left the Naas Clubhouse at approx 12:20 for the two hour journey to play this match.
On arrival the boys went straight to the ball wall to warm up. The team named, starting positions decided and the captain nominated. Out on to the pitch a little later than expected but ready to go.
Our captain on the day Cian Boran entered for the toss and we played against the wind in the first half. Both teams were very enthusiastic for this match and this was evident by the low number of chances generated in the first few minutes.
The majority of the play concentrated in and around the middle of the park. Both sets of defenders played well, clearing their lines when any danger was displayed.
Glynn Barntown opened the scoring with a well taken point. Naas batted back and after number of attacking attempts finally got on the score board.
Both side’s scored points and Naas had two goals disallowed before Glynn Barntown a goal from a low free.
At half time the score line was Glynn Barntown 1-04 Naas 0-05.
In the second half Glynn Barntown withdrew players into more defence positions which curtailed Naas’s ability to penetrate their defence line.
Glynn Barntown got the first score from a point in the second half.
For the next 15 minutes Naas attached the goal scoring 2-03 without reply and indeed could have had more on the board but our finishing was just wide or heroic blocking by Glynn Barntown defenders.
Naas were six up and with only a few minutes to go they were looking good for the win. However, the game wasn’t over a two goals and point from the next three attacks left Naas one point down in the closing minute.
Naas kept up the relentless pressure and finally secured the point which would secure the draw for them.
The match ended Glynn Barntown 3-06 2-09 Naas.
Afterwards the Naas players felt they had learnt a lot from the game and considering the distance travelled and the fact that they haven’t played together as a team since last October, they knew they had represented Naas very well.
They now look forward to their next challenge in this league.
Afterwards we were very kindly hosted by the panel, mentors and supporters of the Glynn Barntown GAA club and we would like to express our gratitude for this kind gesture.
The Naas team was as follows:-
1.Shane Knott 2.Tom McKeon 3.Dylan Gregory 4.Niall Grainger 5.Fiachra Tobin 6.Cian Boran 7.Bill Hennessy 8.Alan Tobin 9.Conor Doyle 10.MacDara Moore 11.Killian Harrington 12.Tiernan O’Rourke 13.Jimmy Hanley 14.Seamus Kelleher 15.Fionn Curtis 16.Luke Mulvihill 17.Sam Blackburne
Thank you to the parents who make the long journey and in particular to the two U12 players who helped us.