It was the boys in the St John’s Parish defence, who were out of the traps early though. Shane Mahony was out in front, made a great take and cleared his lines – to lay down a marker for all. Huw Lawlor showed a calmness beyond his years and handpassed to safety in the shape of Thomas Gleeson. Brian Buckley stood firm to make a brave goalmouth block to deny the southerners an almost certain goal. Gary Bryan made a great catch as the OLG defence started to win the individual and collective battle.
Danny Bolger opened the scoring with a neatly taken point after all of nine minutes. One minute later – MOTM DOC O’Connor pounced on a defensive mix-up to crash the ball to the net. OLG were beginning to fire on all cylinders. Moments later, Ben Leydon got on the end of a Daniel O’Connor / Cian Loy combination move to fire to the net off his left hand side. The gap had opened to six and Piltown must have sensed there was more to come.
Robbie Buckley’s free found DOC, who pointed to stretch the lead further. Piltown were nothing if not gallant – with Aidan Nugent and Shane Dwyer continually catching the eye. Lively Shane Maher heaped more pain on Piltown however, in the sixteenth minute – by raising OLG’s third green flag of the half. Points by Cian Loy and Danny Bolger brought the half to a close with the margin now nine and the breeze at their backs still to come.
H/T: O’Loughlin Gaels 3-04, Piltown 0-04
The second half saw the introduction of Sean Kiely, Robbie Murphy, Kevin Rowe and Thomas Wadding. By this stage – the result was beyond doubt. Daniel O’Connor added to his tally as well as his own brilliant individual display - with a further 1-03 from play. Piltown managed only one point in the second thirty. It must be borne in mind that the men from the south have a small pool from which to pick and are to be commended for the work they are doing, with limited resources.
Our students will face stiffer examination papers in the weeks to come. They will need to make sure they study diligently in order to ensure they are up to passing the test!
F/T: O’Loughlin Gaels 6-17, Piltown 0-05
Robbie O’Driscoll, Shane Mahony, Huw Lawlor, Brian Buckley, Jack Lawlor, Robbie Buckley 0-2 (1 65), Gary Bryan, Thomas Gleeson 0-1, Cian Loy 0-1, Ross Butler 1-0, Luke Rafter, Danny Bolger 1-2, Shane Maher 1-4 (3f’s), Daniel O’Connor 2-05 (1 f), Ben Leydon 1-2 Subs Used: Sean Kiely, Robbie Murphy, Kevin Rowe, Thomas Wadding