JUNIOR A HURLERS: It was a remarkable week for the Junior A Hurlers as they won the County League trophy and maintained their 100% record in the City Championship in dramatic fashion.
The first fixture of the week was a stunning comeback win against neighbours Ballybrown in the City Championship. Our parish rivals started at a high tempo and were rewarded with a 2-4 to 0-1 lead after just ten minutes. Patrickswell were unfamiliar with such large deficits and struggled to cope with the Clarina men. David Woulfe's two points managed to narrow the gap, but Ballybrown's third goal put them in the ascendancy. At half-time, Ballybrown held a twelve-point lead of 3-8 to 0-5. It was the biggest challenge faced by our Junior A hurlers this season.
The second half started with a Patrickswell blitz. Paul O'Brien and Jason Gillane began to exert their influence and Ballybrown were forced onto the back foot. The 'Well accumulated a large haul of 2-5 before Ballybrown managed to register another point. After 50 minutes, Ballybrown's lead had been slashed to two points at 3-9 to 2-10. The tide had swung in favour of Nigel Carey's men. Jason Gillane's decisive goal put the 'Well ahead for the very first time at 3-11 to 3-9. By the full-time whistle, three insurance points had been added to cement a fine 3-14 to 3-10 victory. Our defence had limited Ballybrown to just two points in the entire second half.
Two days later, the Junior A hurlers claimed the County League crown with an emphatic win against Adare. While Adare scored the first point of the match, Patrickswell responded with 1-5 without replay. The scores were shared between Paul O'Brien's goal and points from Andrew Carroll, Johnny McMahon, Jamie Dillon, Jason Gillane and David Woulfe. Adare managed to slow down the rate of scoring; however Patrickwell held a strong 1-10 to 0-4 lead at half-time.
The second half was again dominated by Patrickswell. Calvin Carroll scored a mesmerising solo goal and his team-mates chipped in seven more points. Adare produced only three points in the second half. Gary Murphy was presented with the County League trophy after a 2-17 to 0-7 triumph. Well done to the players and management. The next scheduled match is on Saturday 14 July against Monaleen in Rathbane at 7pm.
SENIOR HURLERS: On Thursday July 12, Patrickswell are scheduled to play Ballybrown in the City Championship Final in Mungret at 7pm.
INTERCOUNTY HURLERS: Congratulation to Limerick for beating Carlow in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship preliminary quarter-final. Best wishes in the full quarter-final against Kilkenny.