Junior C Shootout

Liam Mellows 5-14 Pearses 4-11: It’s not often that a team scores 4-11 and comes out on the wrong side of the result. Our Junior C hurlers and Liam Mellows played out a goalfest in picturesque Ballyloughane yesterday evening, where on the hard surface the bounce deceived on more than one occasion.
The early exchanges were evenly matched, with Eoghan Barrett’s direct running causing problems for Mellows. After 20 minutes Mellows had pulled four clear, 1-6 to 1-2. The Pearses goal from a Pandamp;aacute;iric Hillary 21-yard-free. Mellows, however then pushed on before half-time to open a comfortable lead, 3-8 to 1-3, both goals were probably avoidable.
Maybe it was down to Timeen’s stirring intervention at half-time, but Pearses summoned a much better second half performace to outscore Mellows in that period. Keith Murphy introduced not long before half-time was proving a real handful at full-forward. Despite an injury he still scored a remarkable 2-4 in the course of the second half. Pandamp;aacute;iric Hillary found the net again from another 21-yard-free. But it was the additional Mellows goals kept Pearses from ever getting a chance of taking the lead.
Though Pearses have yet to record a win in the Group, it has not been for the lack of honest effort. Many are back hurling after a while away from the game and it is great to have an outlet for these lads. Only now are the cobwebs, or ‘Dirty Diesel’ as Bill says, being completely shaken off and with the two remaining Group games at home (Ballinderreen and St Thomas’), hopefully the elusive win can be secured. Please come along an support!
Pearses: Rory Treacy; Michandamp;eacute;al Kelly, Seandamp;aacute;n Kelly, Brendan Raftery; Darren Burke, Paul Bellew, Paul Scarry; Pairic Hillary (2-3f), Niall Barrett (0-1); David Cunniffe (0-2), Eoghan Barrett (0-1), Alan Naughton; Damien Mannion, Shane Ruane, Martin Campbell. Subs: Keith Murphy (2-4) and Colm Queeney.

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