On 27th Oct 2014, the Bank holiday Monday of the October weekend in Cloyne, Youghal took on Passage in the East Region U15 B hurling League Final. It was a very wet day not ideal for hurling but both teams served up committed hurling. The Youghal lads hit the ground running with the half back line of Jack Monaghan, Liam Forrest, Kyle Brown and midfields Conor Walsh, Colm Breslin getting on top from the off keeping the pressure on the Passage backs. Forwards Rory McMahon, Oran Hennessey were working very hard & Conor Kennedy was unlucky not to have a goal or two in the first 10 mins but for good goalkeeping from the Passage keeper. However, Conor Walsh, Noel Landers, Sean Smiddy all got a point each to put Youghal 3 points up. Passage were physically the bigger stronger team and the heavy conditions were starting to help them and they scored 3 points to draw level at half time.
The second half was much the same as the first with both teams hitting a lot of wides. Sean Smiddy who had the corner back in his pocket scoring 3 points in the start of the 2nd half & Noel Landers scored another point to put Youghal 7 points to Passage 5 points in front. Youghal’s lead was further enhanced when Jake Cooper got a super goal off his left 15 mins in, and it looked like it was going to be the winner. However, Passage to their credit did not lie down and started attacking Youghal on all fronts and had some good chances of scores but goalkeeper Rory McSweeney equal to it and fullback Jordan Yellop holding the fort and having the game of his life and other backs Killian Cahill, Evan Kennedy beside him looked like they could take care of what ever Passage could throw at them. However, with 10 mins to go Passage’s perseverance paid off and they got a goal to make the score Youghal 1.7 Passage 1.5. The game was getting very hot and Passage had a player sent off for a second yellow and it really upped the Passage boy’s game and it was do or die at this stage for the Youghal lads. The Youghal players responded and with subs Dion O Donoghue and Liam Moylan each scoring a point in the last 5 mins and the Youghal boys showed great grit and determination to hold out for a famous victory.
Panel - Rory McSweeney, Killian Cahill, Jordan Yellop (c), Even Kennedy, Jack Monaghan, Liam Forrest, Kyle Brown, Colm Breslin, Conor Walsh (1p), Rory McMahon, Noel Landers (2p), Jake Cooper (1G), Sean Smiddy (4p), Oran Hennessey, Conor Kennedy. Sub's Dion O Donoghue (1p) for Oran Hennessey 15mins & Liam Moylan (1p) for Rory McMahon 30mins. Sub's not used Dillion Roche, Jake Dorrian, Jack McGrath, Ian FitzgeraldHehir, Kelvin Jellop & players not there on day Peter Kirk, Jake O Brien & Tiernan McCarthy.
Well done to Billy O’Connell & Philip Monaghan
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