Ahane GAA Club Notes
Ahane Junior Hurlers
The next round of the East championship pitted Ahane against Kilteely/Dromkeen in Cappamore on Sunday evening.
In what was a fine game of hurling, Ahane with the aid of the evening breeze started the livelier with some lovely scores. Minor player Luke O’Sullivan finished Ahane’s first goal clinically to the net from 2 yards, while another rising star Ollie Moran landed a number of fine points from play in a first half that saw Ahane leading 1-13 to 0-6 at the break. Some great work in defence, including another minor Conor Heffernan at wing back, beside Ciaran O’Mara and veteran John Doheny ensured Ahane were in a strong position at half time. The full back line of Tristian O’Sullivan, Mikey Hayes and Killian Carroll protected keeper Jonathan Hayes admirably throughout.
The second half saw a much closer affair with Kilteely scoring a couple of early goals to bring them right back into the game. The Ahane lads didn’t panic and kept the scoreboard ticking over, through some sterling work by Willie Brennan an midfield, and forwards Enda Carroll, Pat and Andrew Minihan and Tommy Clifford.
In a determined effort to keep all those in attendance engrossed in proceedings, Ahane conceded another late goal to bring Kilteely to within 2 points when the referee Patsy Coffey called an end to proceedings with Ahane still ahead by 3-15 to 3-13.
There wasn’t a water bottle safe from manager Jim Hackett’s right boot when the final whistle blew. Some say the joy of victory was too much, others say he had read the scoreboard incorrectly at full time!
Next up is Murroe/Boher this weekend, venue and date to be confirmed at time of writing. Please keep an eye on our Clubify App for the most up-to-date club fixtures and results.
Limerick Senior Hurlers
Having been unfortunate not to qualify for the Munster Final, the seniors resumed action against Carlow in a bid to get through to the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals against the Leinster Final losers (Kilkenny).
Carlow, having won the Joe McDonagh cup the previous week, had home advantage on a burnt looking Dr. Cullen Park field. Their fortunes suffered the same fate as the grass, fading badly to a determined Limerick side who appeared on fire, eventually winning out comfortably by 5-22 to 0-13.
Great to see our own Dan and Tom Morrissey lining out and continuing to hurl some mighty stuff in the half back and half forward lines respectively – with Tom adding 5 points to his name on the day.
The lads play Kilkenny this weekend coming which is a game we’ll all look forward to and the whole club would certainly wish Tom, Dan and all the Limerick squad the best of luck.
Limerick Minor Hurlers
The U17s, having lost to Tipperary in last week’s Munster Final, are now engaged in a round-robin playoff against Galway and Kilkenny, two of which will progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals where Dublin and Tipperary await. The Limerick lads were in a rather unique position of playing before the Munster Senior Final, and now the Leinster Senior final replay with the Kilkenny / Galway game re-fixed for Thurles.
Limerick, including Ahane’s Padraig Harnett who started and Andrew Shanahan who came in as a sub early in the second half, went down to a strong Galway side. With 15 minutes to go, Limerick trailed by 5 points but they failed to narrow the margin any closer. Some missed scored followed by the Tribesmen added to their tally meant Galway had an strong lead going into the closing stages. The fatigue of having played 5 big games in 6 weeks looked to have taken its tool against a fresh Galway side making their first outing of the year. In the end the Galway men ran out easy winners, 1-20 to 0-12.
Next up is Kilkenny in two weeks’ time in what will be a make or break game for the lads.