Defeat for Minor Hurlers 2017-07-11 21:25:00

The minor hurlers tasted defeat in their Premier 1 championship opener against a strong Na Piarsaigh side. Na Piarsaigh have a large number of last year's title-winning team returning this year, including 3 starters from Sunday's Munster minor final-winning Cork team. The final score of 2-21 to 1-9 doesn't really reflect Blarney's efforts, and they can take a lot of positives from the game.

Conditions weren't ideal in Delaney's, with a strong breeze favouring Na Piarsaigh in the first half. The defending champions took full advantage of the breeze, claiming 7 points without reply in the first 10 minutes. A Shane Barrett point from play in the 11th minute got Blarney off the mark. Blarney began to rally and with 20 minutes on the clock the score sat at 0-9 to 0-5. Na Piarsaigh ended the half strongly though, claiming 1-4 in the final 10 minutes to leave the half time score at 1-13 to 0-5.

Blarney were in a difficult position but showed real character in the second half to drag themselves back into the game. Early points from James Dineen, Shane Barrett and Padraig Power cut the deficit, and a well-taken goal from substitute Eamonn O'Mahony in the 42nd minute left the score at 1-13 to 1-9. Blarney were very much in the ascendancy and it looked like they would reel Na Piarsaigh in, but the champions showed their pedigree and kicked backed into gear. They dominated the remainder of the game, picking off some excellent scores to see out the win.

The result was disappointing but Blarney showed a lot of promise and genuine fighting spirit. They will learn a lot from this game and hopefully come back stronger for the experience.

Blarney: James Walsh, Olan Hegarty, Brian Walsh, Gavin Mullane, Luke O'Connor, Conor Power, Ben Ahern, Eoin Hyland, Declan Hanlon, William Crowley, Shane Barrett, James Dineen, Padraig Power, Barry Dennehy, Cathal Hegarty.

Subs: James Doody, Eamonn O'Mahony, Dan Forrest, Dan Quill, Stephen Mullane, Jack O'Keeffe, Mark Cummins, Donal Hoare, Cian Ahern, Darragh Hurley.

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