Senior Hurling Championship R1: Sean Treacys

posted 10 Apr 2015, 10:59 by Robert Emmetts PRO
8th June 2014
Sean Treacys: 3-12
Robert Emmetts: 2-11
Having been on the wrong end of a one-sided match earlier in the year we went into this R1 SHC match knowing that a significant improvement would be needed to defeat Sean Treacys. However on a blisteringly hot day in Ruislip our lads soon let it be known that this would be a much closer encounter. A new-look team saw Jonathan Hanley move from his usual no. 3 spot to start in goal for the first time, while Aidan Ryan stepped into the full-back position. Further up the field Cathal Keogh (Galway), Sam Lehane (Dublin) and Damian Clifford (Waterford) all made championship starts for the Emmetts. From the throw-in we hit the ground running and sustained pressure resulted in several good scores from Kevin McMullan (from frees and play) and Martin Fitzpatrick. Fergus McMahon was proving to be very effective at full-forward and got on the scoresheet after getting a fine point from a tight angle near the endline. Minutes later he was involved again, this time fielding a high ball on the edge of the square before laying off a pass to Damian Clifford who buried the ball in the net. After a productive 30 minutes we took a four-point lead in at half-time.

Injury-enforced changes saw Fergus drop back to the half-back line and Eoin O'Sullivan come on at full-forward. The expected Treacys backlash came soon after the restart and after ten minutes they had hit us for a goal and a point. The Emmetts recovered composure again though, led by captain Paul Horkan at centre-back, and started to regain control of the match. The midfield duo of Paddy Breen and Cathal Keogh cranked up the pressure and chipped in with a point each. Sam Lehane worked hard at centre-forward and his fielding ability and pace resulted in a couple of frees, which Kevin McMullan knocked over. Having gained a three-point lead going into the final ten minutes it seemed that we had weathered the storm and would see out the match. However Treacys had other ideas and snuck a goal to knock the wind out of our sails. Unfortunately we weren't able to recover this time and as injury time approached they added the insurance point to win by four.