Junior Hurling Championship 1/4 Final – Sun. October 1st 2006
Clontarf 1-10 V Liffey Gaels 2-11 [ Half Time: 1-4, 0-5 ]
“Hurlers exit Championship”
It was the 3rd time of asking for these two teams as Clontarf and Liffey Gaels replayed their Championship 1/4 final on a wet Sunday morning in early October. The venue was O'Toole park, a far from happy hunting ground for Clontarf teams of old.
As in previous encounters Liffey Gaels were out of the blocks 1st and had registered 2 scores from play before Ronan Kenny fired over an excellent scored from just inside the half way. On 12 minutes Peadar Hickey converted a free and a minute later the Clontarf half forward blocked a Liffey Gaels clearance before firing over from his left side. A similar situation led to the vital score of the 1st half as Ger Devine halted a Liffey Gaels exodus, before sending the ball goal bound. Eoin Teeling was on hand to propel the ball over the line, while Neil Synnott followed up to make sure Chico and the ball both made it over the line. Just before the interval Damien Carew with his back to the goal fired over a magnificant score from 40m. Liffey Gaels for their part registered some fine individual scores and trailed by 2pts at the break, Clontarf 1-4, Liffey Gaels 0-5
John Devine, Fiach O'Riain and Chris Fanning defending in numbers
The 2nd half got under way with a fine Ger Devine score after 2 minutes. Within 5 minutes Gaels were awarded a penalty which was well saved and swept downfield. Ger Devine was fouled and Peadar Hickey duely dispatched the ball over the bar. That penalty save and Clontarf score within a minute should have lifted the northsiders to a save altitude, but what transpired was a dominant 15 mins for the Gaels. 2 goals inside 5 minutes rocked Clontarf, the 1st of these a blatant square ball that wasn't given. Minutes later the Liffey Gales centre forward cut in from the right before firing an unstoppable shot past Joe Murphy in the Clontarf goal.
Clontarf full back Richie Dennehy storms out of defence in typical fashion
To Clontarf's credit they chased this game right to the end, Peadar Hickeys four 2nd half frees keeping the northsiders within range. Ro Kenny reacted 1st to a loose ball on the edge of the Gaels square and his powerful drive just cleared the bar for a point. In the end 4 points was the margin and the dream of championship glory settled on ice for another year. Well done to the entine squad for their efforts this year and in particular to manager Joe Holden who has had a very positive influence since taking over the reigns in March.