Corofin overcome neighbours Ruan to progress to U-21 final

posted 21 Mar 2015, 19:19 by Corofin GAA   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 19:43 ]

U-21 C Hurling Championship, Semi-Final

Corofin 3-19 Ruan 2-7

March 21st, 2015

A strong second half performance saw Corofin get the better of near neighbours Ruan in the quarter-final of the U-21 C Hurling Championship, which was played in near perfect weather conditions in Gurteen on Saturday, March 21st. Although 15 points separated the sides at the final whistle, this was a titantic battle for the majority of the game, with Corofin unable to shake off the challenge of a resilient Ruan until the latter stages of the second half.

Corofin raced into a 3 point lead in the opening minutes of the first half through a brace of pointed frees from Declan Stack and a point from play from Eoin Davoren. Ruan replied with 2 points, before a goal from a 21 metre free from Ruan centre-forward Brian Roughan put Ruan into the lead. The lead was back in Corofin's favour when Stack pointed 2 more frees and Jamie Malone opened his account with a point from play. Ruan added 2 further points during the remainder of the first half while Stack and Malone added a further 3 points between them to give Corofin a 3 point advantage at the break. Half-time score: Corofin 0-10 Ruan 1-4.

Declan Stack got the opening score of the second half with a pointed free to strech the lead to 4 points, but a 2nd goal from a 21 metre free from Brian Roughan left only the minimum between the sides. Corofin hit back almost immediately with a goal from Jamie Malone, while Stack and Roughan exchanged a brace of points from placed balls. Corofin were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 12 men when their centre-back Eoin Clancy was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Ruan's numerical advantage would not last too long however, when their corner-back Michael Lyons was also sent off moments later for a second bookable offence. With the game now being played at 12 a side, the extra space seemed to suit Corofin more. Ruan would not score for the remainder of the game, while Corofin pushed ahead on the score-board, with further goals from Eoin Davoren and the imperious Stack, who finished the game with an overall tally of 1-13, 1-5 of which came from play. Further points from Stack, Malone and Michael Kelly sealed the victory for Corofin, who ran out eventual 15 point winners, 3-19 to 2-7. Corofin now await the winners of the other semi-final between Bodyke and Ballyea (2).


The following was the Corofin team line-out and scorers:
(13 a side)

1. Liam Corbett

2. Paul Carkill

4. Damien O'Loughlin

5. Conor O'Loughlin

6. Eoin Clancy

7. Shay Malone

8. Cian O'Dea

9. Jack O'Dea

10. Eoin Davoren 1-2

11. Declan Stack 1-13 (0-8 frees)

12. David Corbett

13. Jamie Malone 1-3

15. Michael Kelly 0-1

Cillian Clancy   for   Damien O'Loughlin
Eoin Keane      for   Eoin Davoren