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Minors Bow Out Of The Championship

posted 17 Oct 2013, 10:14 by Colm O Sullivan
Carrick Swan Minor hurlers travelled to Semple Stadium in Thurles last night to take on the reigning Co Minor 'A' hurling champions and 7 in a row North Winning Nenagh Eire Og in the Co 'A' Semi Final. 

After a blistering start from Swan, we led by 0-05 to 0-01 after 7 minutes. 

As Nenagh began to shore up their defence by dropping an extra man back, you could sense that the tide was turning. We went from 4 points up after 7 minutes to 6 points down after 17 minutes. An incredible 10 point swing in as many minutes. 

Nenagh powered on to go in 4-11 to 0-08 up at the break with the pick of the goals being their 3rd, which showed how effective the passing game can be if played right. 

We started the second half brightly but when Nenagh scored their 5th, and final goal in the 42nd minute, they exploded again and the game finished up Nenagh Eire Og 5-19 to Carrick Swan 0-14. 

Nenagh were the better team on the night and we wish both Nenagh & Holycross all the best in the upcoming Co Minor 'A' Final. 

For Swan, it's a difficult defeat to take, especially after winning the South title only days previous in such emphatic fashion, however there aresome positives that can be taken from the game. 

Although this means very little to our players at the moment, Swan are a very young team with a lot of these players underage for at least one more year. Last night was an education in what is needed to be Co Minor 'A' Champions. Mistakes made as far away from our goal as the full forward line were punished with goals. In earlier games we got away with not contesting for puckouts and 50/50 balls. At the very highest level this will be punished. That's where we need to get to and that's where I'm fully sure we will get to over the coming years. 

Well done to all players last night on a gallant effort. Carrick Swan GAA Club would also like to thank the Minor management team for their hard work all year and also some of our Senior player who have been on hand over the past few weeks to join in, in training and help out with water on matchdays.