Cork: 1 Darren O’Mahoney, 2 Denis McCarthy, 3 Gary Hanley, 4 Rory Stafford, 5 Eoin Dillon (0-1), 6 Alan Rafferty, 7 Eoin McHugh (0-1), 8 Aiden Walsh, 9 Gary Lowney, 10 Francie Cleary (0-1), 11 Jason Kelly, 12 Peter Hatzer (0-1), 13 Mickey Lenaghan (0-2), 14 Tom Hardwick, 15 Gerald McCarthy (0-2),15 Peter Hatzer (0-2).
Referee: John Fitzpatrick.
Man of the match: Graham Guilfoyle (Cavan).
Goals the Difference for Guards
Hoboken Guards 2-15 Shannon Gaels 0-14
A GOAL in each half of this exciting junior hurling contest were the difference as Hoboken took the points and kept their unbeaten streak moving along.
It was a very interesting game, however, in that the score amounts were even in the second half, with just the second goal helping to extend the advantage.
Hoboken had the first two points of the game with a long range effort from PJ Delaney, an excellent score.
Shannon Gaels replied with three points off the stick of Noel Connatty, who was clinical on the day from frees. In the theme of things the game went in waves, with the Guards grabbing their first goal from Mike Kennelly when he followed a Casserley point with a scrambled goal.
Adrian Purcell had three further points for the winners, while Connatty and Graeme McGuire replied at the other end with minors to leave the half time score 1-7 to 0-5.
Hoboken introduced Pat Egan and Mattie Coyne off the bench, and both were to have huge contributions in the second half. While Connatty had a point to open the half, Coyne followed a Purcell free with a brace to extend the lead.
Sean Brennan joined the attack for Shannon Gaels with a long range score 15 minutes in, and Connatty had his sixth point of the day immediately following.
Peader Hickey, who was a handful on the 40, had two points from distance, the first from a free, but again Hoboken reacted positively.
Egan had a minor and then followed with a goal to give his side a 2-13 to 0-9 lead. Shannon Gaels then had their most positive period of the game as they outscored their opponents 0-5 to 0-2 in the closing 10 minutes.
They punished numerous infractions in the Hoboken rearguard, with points from Connatty frees, and had some timely clearances at the back from Conor Butler and Sean Moore. Time ran out, however, with the side still needing a goal to create real damage.
Hoboken had stars in Shane Greally, PJ Delaney, Adrian Purcell and Mattie Coyne off the bench. The front men were scoring threats constantly.
Shannon Gaels had a lot of positives in defeat. Sean Moore caught a number of high balls into the square. Conor Butler, James Connolly in first of back to back games, and Eoghan Kyne all did well in the full back line. Rory McClosky was brilliant in the middle, while Noel Connatty was sublime from frees and in open play when given the chance.
Shannon Gaels: 1 Sean Moore, 2 Eoghan Kyne, 4 James Connolly, 5 Sean Brennan (0-1), 6 Eoghan O’Connor, 7 Caoimhghin O’Callaghan, 8 Rory McCluskey, 9 Paudie Kyne, 10 John Cantwell, 11 Peader Hickey (0-2), 12 Eamonn O’Donnell 13 Noel Connatty (0-10), 15 Graeme McGuire (0-1). Subs: John White Morgan, Conor Butler.
Hoboken: 1 Colm Reilly, 2 Noel Germaine, 4 Steve Riordan, 5 Sean O’Driscoll, 6 Shane Greally, 7 Brian Casserley (0-1), 8 Darren Coffey (0-1), PJ Delaney (0-1), 10 Adrian Purcell (0-5), 11 Colm Quirke, 12 David Cosgrave, 13 Mike Kennelly (1-1), Kalim O’Hare. Subs: Pat Egan (0-2), Mattie Coyne (0-5).
Man of the match: Noel Connatty (Shannon Gaels).