Our under 14 hurlers bowed out of this years Feile na nGael competition when losing out by two points to Garryspillane.
Played on Sunday morning in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale in beautiful sunshine we began extremely slowly and trailed to two early scores from the Bouncers.We slowly worked ourselves back into the game and reap the rewards of some hard work to raise a greeen flag courtesy of David O Byrne.
Despite playing against a strong wind, we were competing well and may have had more scores if the accuracy was a little better.
Just before half time we conceded a very soft goal which went all the way to the net from a longe range free.
We trailed at the break 1-3 to 1-0.
The second half was much improved as we piled on the pressure. John Leahy and Keith Dempsey were hurling very well along with Ralph Leonard and Eoin Sherlock.
Some long range scores from Sean Long and a point from sub John Moloney brought the game to a single point but try as we might the equalising score just would not come.
In spite of the disappointment of losing we will no doubt learn from this defeat and be far more prepared come championship time.
Final score Garryspillane 1-6 Na Piarsaigh 1-4
Team: Barry Dunworth, Keith Dempsey, Mark Daly, John Leahy, Eoin Sherlock, Sean Long(0-3), Ralph Leonard, Emmet McEvoy, Liam Barry, David Ryan, Adam McNamara, Harry O Donnell, Mark Boylan, David O Byrne(1-0), James Daly. Subs used/: John Moloney(0-1)