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Hurling win by 4th year Gavin O'Leary   08/11/2018

Under-16 De La Salle Hurlers win over Skibereen  By Gavin O'Leary.

De La Salle College, Macroom – 7-14            Schull Community College – 2-2

De La Salles U-16 hurlers claimed their first win of their Cork Schools Championship over Schull with a comprehensive performance. The players arrived in torrential conditions, with rain bucketing down before the throw-in, but this eventually worked in De La Salle’s favour. Immediately from the throw-in, Brian Healy gained possession, and his dropping effort from midfield skimmed off the surface and into the back of the net. Although the momentum was immediately in De La Salle’s favour, the defence could have felt hard done by, as a few questionable frees were awarded to Schull. De La Salle were lucky not to be punished more, as Schull’s misfiring attack failed to benefit. After ten minutes, De La Salle were stretching into a commanding lead, with Brian Healy scoring the pick of the points on the evening, with a great effort when he was under pressure near the sideline. Between Centre-Forward Jack Devine and Brian Healy, the scoreboard was kept ticking over, until De La Salle struck for another goal. Brian Healy was once again the provider, and a strong effort from Shane Hodman also struck the back of the net. Jack Sexton was unlucky nit to score, as he doubled on a ball from 65 metres out, only for it to fall wide. After the restart, Schull came out with renewed confidence, and scored a scrappy goal straight from the restart. However, any hopes of a dramatic 14-point comeback were squashed, as David O'Connor struck for his first of three goals. Daire McMahon chipped in with a fine point, until the moment of the match came. Brian Healy caught a fine puck out, and ran past Schull’s defence to fire into the back of the net. Despite this, Eoin Healy was forced into a great save half way through the second half. Schull’s fate was sealed, with De La Salle running riot, with another two goals coming from David O'Connor. Sam Pickering was solid at full-back, setting up the first goal. De La Salle will take great confidence from this performance, as the scoring was spread evenly among the forwards, and the defence was solid, only allowing one point from play. De La Salle will face Carrigtwohill in the next round.

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