St Molleran’s intermediate hurlers were beaten by neighbours Portlaw in the East Waterford Hurling Championship quarter-final last Friday.
This was always going to be a big test and the task was all the more ominous as St Molleran’s were without five regular team members.
Both sides played some fine hurling and there was not a single dirty stroke pulled throughout the hour.
St Molleran’s finished the first half with two points from Bobby Landers, Pa Dooley and one from Robbie Keane.
A scrambled home ball to the back of the net from Brian Faulkner after tireless work from veteran Jerome O’Shea gave the Carrickbeg side a tally of 1-05 to Portlaw’s 8 points.
After the end of the first half, St Molleran’s looked forward to a tense and tight second half. But Portlaw came out with all guns blazing in the first ten minutes.
St Molleran’s only managed one point from play through Robbie Keane and three from placed balls.
Several goal chances for St Molleran’s in the last ten minutes blazed inches wide. The players and management have put in trojan work this year and really didn’t deserve this recent run of bad luck.
In the past three weeks, Barry Drohan suffered a horrible break and James Dooley injured his shoulder.
Colin Drohan picked up a nasty bug the day before the quarter-final.
St Molleran’s now face a league play off on Sunday against Erin’s Own in Fenor at 12 noon. A win will qualify the team for the league final while a loss will mean the team plays Clonea in a semi-final.
The team and mentors are wished the very best. The Club believes the dedication and hard work put in so far will achieve its rewards.
St Molleran’s U-14 hurlers played Kilrossanty last week, and it took some extra special late goals from Paul Moore and Jack Reade to see off a rugged and ever improving western outfit. The boys head to Dungarvan on Thursday to play Abbeyside.
Meanwhile, the U-12 footballers have an away match against St Saviours on Friday night.
The U-12 camogie team played well in their game against Windgap last Saturday. St Molleran’s Club thanks the hosts for the invitation to take part in their festivities. The Club also congratulates Vicki Drohan on her recent wedding.