Hurlers win again, St Gerald’s bow out

The county’s hurlers continued their winning start to the year this afternoon. They got the better of Cavan in their NHL Round 3A meeting at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-13.

Despite bagging a goal with their first attack straight from the throw-in, our lads found the Breffni County sticky enough to shake off. While they led by five at the break, a goal for the visitors early in the second half reduced the margin between the teams to the minimum.

A second goal for the home team soon after, however, set them on the road to victory. They won by seven points at the finish and now look set for the divisional final and have also doen enough at this stage to nail down a spot in the reorganised NHL Division Three for next year.

St Gerald’s College, meanwhile, lost out this afternoon in the Hogan Cup semi-final. They were beaten by Omagh CBS at Ballyshannon on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-9.

Yesterday Ballyhaunis Community School lost to St Malachy’s of Down by 1-14 to 1-12 after extra-time in the semi-final of the Dr Eamonn O’Sullivan Cup. Commiserations to both Mayo teams.

8 thoughts on “Hurlers win again, St Gerald’s bow out

  1. Omagh had something like 7 or 8 Tyrone minors on their team according to commentary.
    The commentators also said they won it last year, winning by 16 points in semi and final (I think).
    So they’re not an ordinary school team.

  2. Expected though , Omagh hogan cup holders, six of the team retained too from last year. I suspect demographics all in favour too , 900 v 600 pupils for a start and i suspect every footballer in tyrone goes there .

  3. How many Mayo minors on the Gerald’s panel out of curiosity? Thought could be similar they’ve such a huge pick by Mayo standards.

  4. Have to say I was really impressed by Cormac Rowland on co-comms. Genuinely fantastic insights and clear to see his knowledge of the game. A joy to listen to, despite the result. Comparable to or well above any co-comms doing senior games across the country.

    Yeah. A force of a side. They blew a strong Naas side away by 18 points in the semi last year and Summerhill by 17 in the final, with 6 of that team still playing this year. A little bit of boys versus men at times in terms of physicality, with so many of the Omagh lads a year or two older and playing 20s this year. That 50% more students no doubt helping a lot too in having the right talent at the right age.

    Fantastic day for young lads like Dara Neary though. Still only in 5th year and underage for PPS again next year but was shooting the lights out from the ~45 to keep the scoreboard ticking over at times we were struggling to break through. Was interesting to see Yousif Coghill keeping one of the star sharpshooters of last year so quiet today too. Not sure how much of that was Yousif’s normally solid defending and how much was that crunching early shoulder (Chrissy Barrett would have been proud), but whichever played the bigger role it seemed to work.

    Not sure I’ve ever been able to take so many positives away after a heavy defeat.

    @Gizmobobs: From what I remember (and very open to correction if I’m missed one/some) Neary, Coghill, S & F O’Reilly, Cunningham, Gibbons & G Forry all involved with last years minor side and Collins (making his way back from injury to come on as a sub in Connacht Final and today) from the ’22 minor side.

  5. Great achievement by Gerards to get to all Ireland semi in fairness. However unfortunately demonstrated the gulf in class between Connacht schools and those in other provinces with little if any all Ireland success in this competition over last 20 years or so …guess it’s due to school numbers or possibly focus /coaching etc…

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