Realt Dearg A 1-11 Ballinteer St. Johns 2-13
Sunday 26 March, Drimnagh Castle
Second round of the AHL5 saw a hopeful Realt Dearg take on St Johns of Ballinteer at home in Drimnagh Castle last Sunday. With favourable hurling conditions following a string of the best days of 2017 so far, Realt Dearg came out hungry for the win after their first-round loss to Counsel Gaels. Ballinteer while also seeking better form after a close shave in their first outing with Skerries Harps.
Unfortunately The Stars found themselves on the back foot facing into half time conceding two scrappy goals in the first half while being able to keep toe-to-toe with the points tally.
The second half brought a better game with great battles all over the pitch as the Realt Dearg men began to find their rhythm. Some fantastic scores from the forwards, particularly Martin Murphy, Jamie O’Hara and Conor Maharaj displaying great bursts of skill and accuracy. Even our own Cathal Mulkere tried everything he could in his role as umpire. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, as Ballinteer held out and won the game by 5 points, taking home the win. The scoreline in the end came to 2-13 to 1-11 with those two first half goals proving critical.
Although it wasn’t the A’s day, the second half proved the stars are capable of play equal to that of the stronger sides from division 5. You can be sure manager Harry will leave no Stone unturned in preparation for April’s fixtures (sorry/not sorry). Onwards and Upwards for Realt Dearg as League 5 marches on.
Panel – Mike Butler, Stephen O’Leary , Cathal Hester, Brian Gavin, Mike O'Connor, John Barry, Eoin O'Dwyer, Paul Warren(cpt), Matt Lynch, Thomas O’Mahony, Conor Maharaj, Dave Berney, Jamie O’Hara, Colm Gahan, Martin Murphy
Subs – Robert Madden, Colm O’Gorman, Gary Hurney, Niall Mullane, John O’Callaghan, Mike Richardson, Podge Buckley