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U16 Hurlers Leinster Blitz Report
5th May 2016

Leinster Bitz report

Venue: Kildare Centre of Excellence, Hawfield GAA, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Date: April 30th, 2016

Teams: Antrim. Dublin and Wexford

On Saturday April 30, the Antrim U16 hurlers traveled to Hawkfield GAA, in Newbridge County Kildare to take part in a Leinster blitz. After a long and tiring journey, the first game began just after noon was against a spirited Dublin side. From the opening throw in, it just was not going to be the young Saffrons day, as they spurned several goals chances to keep them in the game. The first from corner forward Patrick Gillan who went one on one with the Dublin keeper but blasted the ball straight at the Dublin keeper. The second goal opportunity came from half forward Antoin McGrath who was straight through but with a difficult shooting angle drove the ball into the side netting. From then on Dublin took control and raced out to a 1:5 to 0:3 lead at the half. Scores from Eoghan M, Oliver Breen and frees from Seaan Elliot raised the white flag for the Saffrons. After the restart the Saffrons began to respond, with scores by Antoin McGarth, Oliver Breen and Seaan Elliot to eat into the Dublin lead. But the movement and support play of the Dublin forwards was difficult for the young Saffrons to counteract and a second goal followed from Dublin, which effectively sealed the game. Further scores from frees by Seaan Elliot down the stretch for the Saffrons put respectability on the score as Dublin ran out winners on a score-line of 2:9 to 0:9.

The second game followed against Wexford who were clearly up for the game and started the brighter by registering 1:4 on the board in the opening ten minutes. Once again goal opportunities were spurned by the young Saffrons as corner forward Seaan Elliot went through twice but the Wexford keeper made excellent saves on both occasions to prevent the net from bulging. The Saffrons responded with scores from Antoin McGrath, Seaan Elliott and Callum Scullion and at the half the score-line was 1:7 to 0:4 in favour of Wexford. After the restart Wexford stretched their lead with two further goals and scores from play as the movement by their forwards and support play was difficult for the young Saffrons to counteract. Saffron scores from Oliver Breen, Callum Scullion, Patrick, Eoghan McMenamin and Seaan Elliot put a respectability on the score-line. However, down the stretch Wexford added another goal and scores from play running out winners on a score-line of 4:15 to 0:14.

Antrim: Adam Mooney, Odhran McMullan, Niall McCormick, Conleth O'Loan, Aaraon Crawford, Ryan McGarry, Cormac McFadden, Oliver Breen, Oisin Donnelly, Eoghan McMenamin, Antoin McGrath, Patrick Gillan, Finlay Walker, Seaan Elliott, Fintan Murray, Euan McAteer, Aaron Bradley, Conall McParland, Eoin McCusker, Paul Molloy, Ciaran Crawford, John Boyd, Tomas Scally.