Patrick O’Mahony Memorial Hurling Trophy – Saturday 18th Oct 2014
The Youghal U14 team were invited to the Patrick O'Mahony (Imokilly) Memorial Hurling tournament in Killeagh on Saturday the 18th of October. In the first game Youghal faced the mighty Glen. With a gale of wind at their backs Youghal got a taste of tournament hurling when the Glen took an early two point lead. Youghal rallied with goals from Jake O'Brien and the mighty Evan Kennedy. In the second half Youghal faced a gale of wind and Liam Ansbro Moylan dropped back as sweeper and dominated superbly to lead Youghal to a 5 point victory.
Next up was a very strong Watergrasshill team , against the strong breeze Youghal caught the Hill with a well taken goal from Dion O’Donoghue. With Kyle Brown dominating at number 6 and Oran Finn working tirelessly at wing back. The additions of Tiarnan McCarthy, John Murphy and Dean Colman, Youghal steadied the show. Youghal saw out the game with a couple of well taken points and the game ended on a high note with Alan Carter and Kelvin Yellop stretching the Watergrasshill defence.
With two wins Youghal qualified for the final against the determined home side of Killeagh. Youghal started with the gale but found scores hard to come by. A monster point from Jake Cooper followed by a goal from Evan Kennedy broke the deadlock.
However, then followed twelve minutes of onslaught from Killeagh, who scored a goal right after the break to rattle Youghal. Scores against the wind were vital with points from Ruairi McMahon and Dion O’Donoghue. Killeagh with a two point deficit dug deep and went searching for victory. With Peter Kirk calling the shots in goal, unbelievable defending was on show from Jack McGrath and Jack Dorrian, Ian Fitzgerald Hehir, Ethan Cliffe and Cian O’Sullivan. The work rate in midfield was immense with Colm Breslan and Aidan Kelly covering every blade of grass. The experience of Liam Ansbro Moylan, Kyle Brown and Dylan Roche was vital. Youghal dug deep and secured victory through immense heart, courage and teamwork. The hard work throughout the year paid off as they brought the trophy back to Youghal.
Many thanks to the hosts Killeagh especially Colman Motherway for an excellently organised tournament.