Brave Tooreen bow out

Tooreen battled bravely all afternoon in today’s All-Ireland Intermediate club hurling semi-final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore but in the end their opponents Castlelyons of Cork just shaded the contest, winning by 1-12 to 0-13.

The game’s only goal, scored by the Cork side midway through the second half, was instrumental in deciding the outcome of this contest. Tooreen had led for much of the first half and took a two-point lead into the break with them. They were nicely positioned at that stage.

Early in the second half too they hinted at getting the upper hand and were still in the lead up to when Castlelyons got their goal. From then on, however, Tooreen never managed to get back level.

The Cork side showed plenty of street smarts after the goal, repeatedly fouling some distance out to prevent a goal-scoring change developing. Shane Boland – who ended the game with eight points to his credit – exacted punishment more than once from the resultant placed balls but Castlelyons’ rather cynical tactics at the back, allied to their ability to nick vital points at the right time down at the other end, saw them home by two points at the finish.

Commiserations to Tooreen after what’s been another great year for them. Kingpins now not just within the county but also in the province, they keep knocking on the door at national level. It didn’t work out for them today but you can be sure they’ll be back competing with renewed vigour once again next year.

5 thoughts on “Brave Tooreen bow out

  1. Hard luck Toreen they are keeping the flag flying high for Mayo hurling in a football mad county

  2. That will be a hard one to take for Tooreen. Brave, skilful and the better team by some distance but they really did leave this one behind. As Willie Joe said Castlelyons used cynical fouling as a defensive tactic and it worked for them. I think they were lucky not to receive more yellow cards and at least one black. Hopefully Tooreen’s luck changes next year…….they deserve it.

  3. Hard luck Tooreen. Slightly off topic, but did anyone see Ballygunner v St Thomas? Absolute classic, decided on penalties.

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