Shamrocks survive Casey's last-gasp call to arms
ENNISCORTHY SHAMROCKS, having led from an early stage, were almost caught in the end by Oylegate-Glenbrien when they met in Taghmon on Saturday last in the Enniscorthy Guardian Under-16 hurling Division 3 championship final.
There was a sensational finish to the match as Shamrocks held a lead of 2-11 to 1-3 when the game was about to enter added time, but then they got the fright of their lives as they struggled to hold onto a two-point winning margin in the end.
The main reason for the sensational fightback by Oylegate-Glenbrien was the magnificent goalscoring ability of their skilful corner-forward, Seamus Casey, who accounted for four of the finest goals ever seen at this or any other venue.
Shamrocks captain Podge Doyle opened the scoring with a pointed free and another from play, but the Enniscorthy town side were then rocked as Casey grabbed the first of his four goals and followed it up immediately with a well-taken point.
Shamrocks corner-forward John Murphy, having received a pass from Ronan Gahan, scored a goal in the tenth minute that put his team 1-2 to 1-1 ahead, and they remained in front for the rest of the game.
The second Shamrocks goal arrived at the midway stage of the opening half when Terry O'Connor's attempt was blocked out to the inrushing opportunist John Murphy who scored his second major.
Oylegate-Glenbrien pressed hard to keep in touch as Seamus Casey had a shot at goal from play blocked on the line, and also had a penalty saved by Podge Doyle, which appeared to knock much of the fight out of them as they failed to score again in the first-half.
Meanwhile, Peter Cullen, Ricky O'Leary, John Murphy and Aaron O'Neill secured the points that put the Shamrocks 2-6 to 1-2 ahead at the break.
They continued to fire over scores at will throughout most of the second-half, with Brandon O'Connor, Podge Doyle, Peter Cullen and substitute Sean O'Sullivan on target and the only point in reply coming from Sean Casey midway through.
With the score at Shamrocks 2-11, Oylegate-Glenbrien 1-3 and three minutes of normal time remaining, star of the show Seamus Casey took centre stage with a point, which he quickly followed with three brilliantly-taken goals in the space of as many minutes that frightened the life out of Shamrocks players and supporters, and they were mighty relieved to hear the final whistle.
Brandon O'Connor completed the Shamrocks scoring with a relieving point just before the end of a dramatic contest.