Management Report V Carrickmacross

22 February 2011
Management report for Ulster League Fixture 
Carrickmacross Emmetts V St Agnes GAC
The senior hurlers traveled to Carrickmacross for their first match in the Ulster Hurling League . Turnout was good with 18 players including 4 minors. We were missing a few regulars but the team that took to the field was strong which bodes well for when these players return next week against Ballymena as well as a 1 or 2 new faces who will help strengthen the squad and increase competition for places.

We started well against a very physical team. The pitch was heavy which suited our opponents better.  We battled very well and remained competitive throughout the first half but rustiness showed which is expected at this time of year. This will come with more games.
We went in 1 point down 0-5 to 0-4 at half time with Cricky McKee (team captain) getting all our points. The second half was much the same as the first and some soft frees saw us trail by 2-3 points for Much of the half. We were unlucky when Paddy Williams narrowly missed a shot on goal which would have levelled it. Their keeper also pulled off a wonder save to deny Cricky a certain goal.
There were other chances that could have seen us take something from the game but it finished 0-12 to 0-8 for the home side. Cricky getting all 8 points. On another day we would have finished this team off by half time.

Aside from the rustiness it was a good battling performance from 1-15 as well as the 2 subs used. The team supported each other throughout.
After the two games played so far it is obvious there is a strong panel which will compete well this year.  Even in defeat there is a buzz about this team and all involved are prepared to get stuck in to make this year a success.
We must add that Paddy Williams has accepted an offer to become part of the management set up and we thank him for that.

Team v Carrickmacross

1 C.Fay 2. R. Reilly 3. D. Rooney 4. H. Connolly 5. M. Robb 6. D. Kelly 7. B. O’Neill 8. D. McLarnon
9. C. Kennedy 10. B. Grieve 11. Brendy Mc Gibbon 12. J. Robinson 13. C. Keyttles 14. C.McKee (Capt) 15. K. Grieve

Subs 16. C. Flannery for K. Grieve 17. P. Williams for C. Keyttles 18. D.Rooney not used

Many thanks to Frankie for making the trip down to support the team. It is much appreciated