Munster glory for CBS Charleville hurlers
The locals were slow to settle and Clements had two points on the board before Charleville opened their account with a point by Ryan Clifford in the seventh minute. Scores for each team were hard to come by and players were not helped by the uneven underfoot condition of the ground. The St Clements boys proved to be dour contestants and the sides continued to trade poi
The locals were slow to settle and Clements had two points on the board before Charleville opened their account with a point by Ryan Clifford in the seventh minute.
Scores for each team were hard to come by and players were not helped by the uneven underfoot condition of the ground. The St Clement’s boys proved to be dour contestants and the sides continued to trade points. Cathal Naughton was soon showing all his silken skills to notch up two fine points in the thirteenth and seventeenth minutes.
These were followed by three incidents, which set the foundations for the C.B.S. victory: a let-off for Charleville when a goal-bound shot for St Clements came back off the cross bar and was cleared by the CBS defence; a point blank save by Shane Carroll in the CBS goal in the twentieth minute of the first half, and a fine individual goal by Michael Bowles for the Charleville boys.
Two more points were added to the CBS total by Ryan Clifford and Gavin Morrissey before Bowles, the young Newtownshandrum clubman, gathered the ball in the half-forward line, soloed his way through the St Clement’s defence and gave Limerick goalkeeper, Bradley Russell no chance as he blasted to the net to leave Charleville ahead 1-5 to 0-4.
Charleville added a second goal in the twenty-eighth minute which saw them streaking ahead by two goals and a point at the break on a score of 2-5 to 0-4.
St. Clement’s went into the attack from the throw-in and the hurling was fast and furious as the Limerick boys set about reducing the deficit. Within six minutes they had a further three points on the board but, amazingly, this was to be their last score this half until the twenty-fourth minute.
Eoin Dillon, who had a tremendous game at centre-back, struck a point from a free and this steadied the Charleville boys again. Gradually they began to reclaim the upper hand on their opponents.
Further points then increased the Charleville lead and when CBS got a ball to the back of St Clement’s net in the twenty-eighth minute, there was no way back for the Limerick college boys. A twenty-fourth minute point was to be their final score and they squandered a number of opportunities from very scoreable positions as the game was played down. Charleville ran out comfortable winners in the end on the above score line.
The captain of the C.B.S. team, Cathal Naughton accepted the Munster Championship Cup from Mr Eamon Moroney, vicechairman of the Munster Colleges GAA Board amd Mr. Tom Collum, Servicing Officer, Munster Colleges GAA Board.
Mr Moroney congratulated the Charleville team on their fantastic accomplishment in coming through Munster, where a total of twenty-two schools participated in the Corn Phadraig competition. “This is a great achievement for Charleville and I congratulate you on your fine victory, in a fine sporting game here today,” he said.
Cathal Naughton, thanked both his fellow players, for their display, and the team mentors– CBS teachers, David Garvey and Vice-Principal, Tim O’Callaghan for their tremendous input into the preparation for the competition.
Cathal commiserated with their opposing team St Clement’s and wished them well in the future..