U14 Hurling, Round 2

Pearses 3-10 Tuam 0-2: Pearses were on the better end of the scoreline this evening in Round 2 (second game played) of the U14 championship in a wet and dreary Tuam Stadium relative to their first round result yesterday. Pearses work rate won on the evening while they sustained a stirring performance in a tour de force display from start to finish. They brought serious momentum in a stunning 3-10 to 0-2 victory over Tuam with Conor Moran notching 1-8 in total, 1-4 from play.
Conor Moran opened Pearses account with a sweet point from 35yards on 3mins after a good build up involving Ronan Hynes andamp;amp; Niall McDonagh. He added another on 7mins from a long distance out after Conor Kelly’s ground stroke found him unmarked and he shot over his right shoulder from almost the midfield line to split the posts.
He added another point from play straight from the puck out and then sent over his first free after a foul on the industrious Darragh Roche who was showing signs of an ankle injury sustained some months ago. Ronan Hynes fed Anthony Feeney who burst forward and tapped over from an acute angle to put Pearses in the driving seat 0-5 to 0-0 after 9mins. Moran tapped over his 2nd free after Hynes was fouled and then the aforementioned combined again when Ronan Hynes did the hard work as he throttled through the middle of Tuam Stadium and Moran picked up a spilled ball to put it straight over the black spot for his fourth point from play.
16mins into the half, Moran who was on fire at this stage accepted a pass from Paddy Kenny and subsequently sent in a long ball into the square. The bounce eluded the Tuam goalie to find the net and put Pearses well on their way to a facile victory. Just before half time newcomer Niall McDonagh who covered every inch of the pitch, scored a whopper of a goal as he burst through the middle with goal on his mind, got dispossessed but pulled on the loose ball to rattle the net and propel Pearses into a 2-7 to 0-0 interval lead.
The second half continued much the same with Pearses in cruise control. Ronan Hynes was fouled in a drive through the middle and Moran tapped over the resultant free. Moran was unlucky not to claim his second goal as he rattled the side net after Niall McDonagh’s first goal effort rebounded off the butt of the post. Tuam’s goalie made a great save from Anthony Feeney as he batted the ball away from danger.
Conor Moran tapped over his fourth free of the evening while Dara Scarry capitalised in a goalmouth scramble which originated from Dillon Roche to bring Pearses tally to 3-9.  Harry Mitchell made a fantastic save as he tapped the ball out for a 65’ to ensure he maintained a clean sheet for the night. Tuam scored their first score from a free and their 2nd from a placed ball again soon afterwards. Dara Scarry had the final say as he converted a free after he was fouled himself to finish with a personal tally of 1-1 much to the delight of the manager.
Squad: Harry Mitchell, Conor Kelly, Oliver Laheen, David Egan, Oisin Donoghue, Jack Reilly, Niall Donoghue, Anthony Feeney, Ronan Hynes, Conor Moran, Paddy Kenny, Mark Donnellan, Darragh Roche, Dara Scarry, Dillon Roche, Diarmuid Ryan.
Scorers: Conor Moran 1-8 (4f); Dara Scarry 1-1; Niall McDonagh 1-0; Anthony Feeney 0-1;

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