BANTRY Blues U13 hurlers lost by a single point in their game against Gabriel Og in Wolfe Tone Park on Monday evening last when the Ballydehob boys hit a last minute goal to take the league points.
Bantry had a healthy lead of 2-02 to 0-04 at half time, Owen Minihane and Tom Flynn the goal scorers.
Billy Foley with a pointed free and one from play by Dylan Carthy had put the Blues ahead by double scores at the break.
From the restart Gabriel’s upped their challenge and the exchanges were even between the teams.
Dylan Carthy netted for Bantry and Billy Foley put over another free but with ten minutes to go the visitors had levelled matters on a score line of 3-03 to 2-06.
Shane McSweeney looked to have done enough for a Blues win when he hit two great points from play but Gabriel’s continued to press.
Goalkeeper Shane Murray made two great saves with time nearly up but was finally beaten at the death to give Gabriel Og the win by the narrowest of margins.
Final score: Bantry Blues 3-05, Gabriel Og 3-06.
Neither team could be faulted for lack of effort and this exciting contest was enjoyed by all who watched.
Team: Shane Murray, David O’Sullivan, Shane Buckley, Mike Hanley, Liam De La Cour, Dylan Carthy, Shane McSweeney, Billy Foley, Owen Minihane, Tom Flynn, Matthew Barry, Liam Coakley, James McGlinchey, Ronan Shiels.
On Sunday evening next the U14 hurlers play Argideen Rangers in the West Cork Final at 7.30pm in Skibbereen. Please come out and support this team in their quest to bring home the cup.