Blackrock's second-half goal blitz proves decisive

Blackrock 3-18 Na Piarsaigh 1-12: Blackrock completed a five-in- a-row in the Seandun Sportsturf Solutions U21 A hurling championship following a 12-point win over Na Piarsaigh at Ballinlough on Saturday.

Blackrock's second-half goal blitz proves decisive

Na Piarsaigh will feel gutted with the final scoreline as Blackrock keeper Gavin Connolly produced four top class saves that earned him man of the match accolade.

The Rockies paved the way for their win with a three goal blitz in the second-half during a 10 minute period that eventually put this game to bed. In the opening half the hurling was crisp with both sides displaying superb skills in the art of hooking and blocking and with Blackrock leading 0-5 to 0-3 in the 13th minute Piarsaigh responded with a splendid goal.

A inch perfect through ball from Dayne Lee found Paul Cunningham who drilled a low shot to the corner of the net.

Na Piarsaigh played by far the better hurling in the half but after playing with the wind they only went in at the break with a three-point lead 1-7 to 0-7.

On the restart Na Piarsaigh were denied what looked a golden goal opportunity but somehow Connolly parried Dayne Lee’s tremendous effort to safety.

In the 38th minute the Rockies goal-fest began when Cathal Cormack billowed the back of the net with a fabulous strike.

Two more goals in the 46th and 47th minutes from Michael O’Halloran and Cathal Cormack put the icing on the cake for Blackrock as Na Piarsaigh’s challenge petered out.

No doubt the loss of Na Piarsaigh’s full back Eddie Gunning at half time was a huge blow to the northside club who posed the champions numerous problems over the hour.

Blackrock greeted the sound of the final whistle with elation as manager Fergal Ryan praised his troops.

“We knew coming here that Na Piarsaigh would be stiff opposition for us.

“However, I think we demonstrated in the second-half our scoring power when the opportunities arose.

“We must now regroup and concentrate on winning the county championship where I am sure tougher hurdles await us.”

Scorers for Blackrock:

Cathal Cormack 2-2, M O’Halloran 1-5 (0-1f), S Murphy 0-3 (f), I O’Keeffe 0-3, Ciaran Cormack 0-2, L O’Sullivan 0-2, D O’Brien 0-1.

Na Piarsaigh:

D Lee 0-5, P Cunningham 1-1, D Gunning 0-3, P Guest 0-2 (0-1f), E Sheehan 0-1.

Blackrock:

G Connolly; J Ryan, J Cashman, D O’Callaghan; A O’Callaghan, N Cashman, C O’Brien; S Murphy, D Meaney; C Cormack, I O’Keeffe, Ciaran Cormack; J O’Sullivan, M O’Halloran, P Lynch.

Subs:

A Nolan for P Lynch (42), L O’Sullivan for J O’Sullivan (42), D O’Brien for Ciaran Cormack (55), B O’Leary for Cathal Cormack (57).

Na Piarsaigh:

D O’Connell; E O’Keeffe, E Gunning, D Bowen; P O’Sullivan, S Curtin, G Joyce; P Cunningham, S Warren; D Gunning, E Sheehan, D Lee; E Hannifin, S Forde, P Guest.

Subs:

J O’Connor for E Gunning (inj h-t), S Galgey for E Sheehan (48), C O’Connor for E Hannifin (54).

Referee:

Teddy O’Donovan (Douglas).

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