GALWAY GAA: Commins Double Gives Gort The Shield

Eoin Cooley

County Under 16 A Hurling Shield Final – Monday, 10th Septembert 2018 

Gort 2-13 Turloughmore 0-12 

Darren Kelly in Duggan Park 

Seven unanswered points either side of half-time swung the pendulum in Gort’s favour as they built a match winning lead in Ballinasloe.

Patrick Commins’ two goals were also crucial but it was seizing back the momentum following a Turloughmore purple patch had the north Galway team 0-7 to 1-2 in front after 23 minutes.

But three white flags before half-time gave Gort the lead.  A Nathan Gill free reduced arrears before Commins landed two scores, the first set up by Niall Cunningham, to make it 1-5 to 0-7 at half-time.

And after the restart, Martin Killeen’s team didn’t relent as Gort put distance between them.  Gill converted two from play, including one from 65 yards.  And Commins profited from a breaking ball after Mark Duffy’s short was saved by Darragh Walsh.

Another Commins free gave Gort a 1-9 to 0-7 lead before Keith Moloney ended Turloughmore’s scoring drought on 41 minutes.  It was their first in 18 minutes but by the time Cian Shaughnessy got their next eight minutes later, Gort were out of sight.

Adam Minogue took Duffy’s pass for a point.  But when Tiernan Finn and Eoin Cooley combined to drive a long ball towards the Turloughmore goal, Commins ran onto it and finished to the net.  Two more minors for Gort’s ace marksman had them 2-12 to 0-8 clear.

After Shaughnessy registered, Minogue hit back for Gort and when Shaughnessy sent over another Turloughmore placed ball, they were 2-13 to 0-10 in arrears.

Turloughmore needed a goal but the closest they came was when Eoghan Conneely’s ball saw Moloney’s snap shot stray wide.  It summed up their evening even though they finished with further points from Kian Cummins and Moloney.

Gort had attacked from the gun and led 1-1 to 0-0 after three minutes.  Commins got both scores but they only added one more over the next 21 minutes as Shaughnessy led the Turloughmore fight back getting six white flags and centre back Evan Farrell sent over a 65.

But at 0-7 to 1-2, that was as good as Turloughmore’s night went.  The lights went out for them as Gort’s half-back line, led by man of the match Eoin Killeen, cut out the supply and ensured they finished 2018 with silverware.

Eoin Killeen
Eoin Killeen of Gort receives the man of the match in the Under 16 A Shield final from Tom Monaghan, Ocean Hygeine supplies. Also in photo is Pauric Lohan, Chairman Coiste Iomana na nGaillimhe. (Photo: Joe Keane)

Scorers – Gort: Patrick Commins 2-8 (four frees), Nathan Gill 0-3 (one free), Adam Minogue 0-2 

Scorers – Turloughmore: Cian Shaughnessy 0-8 (six frees), Keith Moloney 0-2, Evan Farrell 0-1 (‘65), Kian Cummins 0-1 

Gort: Niall Carr; Keith Mulcaire, Tadhg Melville, Tiernan Finn; Barry Dermot Murphy, Eoin Cooley, Eoin Killeen; Niall Cunningham, Jack Linnane; Ivan McGrath, Adam Minogue, Nathan Gill; Patrick Commins, Mark Duffy, James Gormally.

Subs: Peter Nolan for Commins (58 mins), Nathan Smith for Duffy (58 mins), Gabriel Rodgrigues dos Santos for Gormally (58 mins), Lorcan Walsh for McGrath (60 mins).

Turloughmore: Darragh Walsh; Conor Fahy, Niall McCabe, Oisin Francis; Conor O’Brien, Evan Farrell, Matthew Burke; Cathal Shaughnessy, Matthew Tarpey; Cian Shaughnessy, Kian Cummins, Keith Moloney; Aaron Young, Dan Conneely, Eoghan Conneely.

Referee: Derek Kelly

Gort under 16 hurling
The Gort team which defeated Turloughmore 2.13 to 0.12 in the Under 16 A shield final, (Photo: Joe Keane) Back row, left to right: Adam O Connor, Jack Linnane, Eoin Cooley Captain, Paddy Commins, Niall Cunningham, Tiernan Finn, Mark Duffy, Eoin Killeen, Adam Minogue, Keith Mulcair, James Gormally, Barry Dermot Murphy, Tadhg Melville. Front row, left to right: Nathan Gill, Nathan Smith, Gabriel Rodrigues dos Santos, Niall Carr, Peter Nolan, Ivan McGrath, Lorcan Walsh