23rd Apr 2013

St Attracta’s 3-4
Scoil Mhuire 1-1

Heartbreak for the senior hurlers as they lost the semi final of the shield in Tymon Park on Monday.
This was a game of high quality hurling and the result was in doubt till the last few minutes. In the first half , Scoil Mhuire created lots of chances but couldn’t force the ball between the posts. Scoil Attracta’s on the other hand were much more economical and scored 1-2 from about 5 attacks.
Facing into the strong breeze in the second half, Scoil Mhuire started as if they had been stung by a swarm of wasps. They launched attack after attack and were rewarded with a brilliant Charlie Keher goal. A point for the opposition left a goal between the sides and then a rasping free from Charlie Keher, which was heading for the roof of the net, was brilliantly deflected for a 65 by a defender.
Scoil Mhuire kept battling and a wonderful point from the sideline from man of the match, Luke Finnerty, kept their hopes alive.
By this stage, however, the Lucan boys were committed to all-out attack and they were punished on the break by some slick play which produced two late goals.
16 of the 19 panellists will be eligible again next year so this was the youngest ever team to represent Scoil Mhuire in a senior competition.

The 19 players were
Dylan Knowles : Goalkeeper and Joint Captain who always plays for the team and never lets the side down
Adam McGarry : Magnificent ground striker who will be a main man next year
Philip Kane: Solid as a rock, stylish and dependable.
Dean White: Tight marking and skilful defender
Mark Gormley: Energetic player with a great engine. Doesn’t know the meaning of giving up.
Cian Buckley: Classy striker whether on the ground or in the air. Great attitude too.
Ben O’Toole: Big signing in the transfer market this year-and worth every penny of the transfer fee. Great team player.
Luke Finnerty: Skill, strength and determination. Outstanding hurler of whom we will hear a lot more .
Jack Butler: His trademark is his solo run. Made a great contribution to gaelic games in Scoil Mhuire and captained the football team.
Charlie Keher: Diminutive, stylish, all-action, fearless hurler who leaves it all on the pitch. Didn’t pick it off the road !
Kingsley Okakpu: Joint captain. Fiercely determined and strong. great ground hurler.
Charlie Casely: Youngest player on the team who is really skilful and gives 100% every time.
Eoin Mahony: Great poacher with an eye for goal. Set up and scored some vital ones this season.
Conall Chambers: Another forward with a great eye. Overhead flicks are his trademark.
Seán Egan: Converted from defence to attack, Seán picked off a great goal in the group stages and is always ready to pounce in front of goal.
James Kebana: only a beginner but practicing loads and will be a key man next year.
Robert Hazely: Hugely improved hurler who starred in the 3rd/4th class blitz and who will be first choice senior ‘keeper next year
Stephen McInerney: Fantastic ability to meet a ball in mid air. Stephen is improving with every game and will be a starter for seniors next year.
Aaron Meaney: Brilliant ground striker who played superbly when introduced in the semi final. Another key player for next year.