GALWAY GAA: Monaghan Hat-Trick Gives Turloughmore under 13 Glory

Turloughmore joint captains Jack Lonergan and Eanna Monaghan receive the Under 13 A cup from Pauric Lohan Chairman Coiste Iomana na nGaillimhe and Mark Brennan, Treasurer Coiste Iomana na nGaillimhe. (Picture: Joe Keane)

Under 13 A Hurling Cup Final Replay – Sunday, 9th September 

Turloughmore 3-6 Clarinbridge 2-1 

Darren Kelly in Loughrea 

Turloughmore hit the ground running to ensure the sequel to this under 13 final rivalry went there way in the morning wind in St. Brendan’s Park.

After just 67 seconds, they were two goals ahead, attacking with the elements in rip roaring fashion like they’d being held back eight days since the draw in Tuam Stadium.

Eanna Monaghan was the star finishing with a hat-trick and he set up John Duggan’s team perfectly taking Cian O’Callaghan’s pass for a goal after just 34 seconds.

And from the next attack, the Turloughmore full forward was delivering an art in ground hurling repeating the trick again, striking off the ground to make it 2-0 to 0-0.

Further out the field, Jack Lonergan was distributing play and two minutes later, he found Sean Duggan who split the posts putting seven between them before Aaron Niland finally got Clarinbridge off the mark on six minutes.

It was Clarinbridge’s only first half score as Turloughmore developed a 2-5 to 0-1 interval lead Darragh Counihan, Niland and Caleb Fleetwood came close to making something happen in injury time.  However, they trailed by nine thanks to Monaghan, Duggan (2) and Ronan Flaherty.

And when Monaghan built on to his impressive tally straight after the restart, Turloughmore looked home and dry though Clarinbridge kept them honest in the closing stages.

Shane Kennedy kicked to the net on 29 minutes giving the south Galway followers hope but after a Longeran free three minutes after, Monaghan completed his hat-trick hitting the roof of the net.

Counihan took advantage of pressure supplied by Niland and Fleetwood with four minutes remaining to get Clarinbridge’s second major but the damage done in the earlier stages left them too much a hurdle to save this tie as Turloughmore were crowned county champions.

"Eanna Monaghan"
Turloughmore’s Eanna Monaghan receives the man of the match award from Pauric Lohan Chairman Coiste Iomana na nGaillimhe and Mark Brennan, Treasurer Coiste Iomana na nGaillimhe. (Photo: Joe Keane)

Thanks to Joe Keane for all the photographs

Scorers – Turloughmore: Eanna Monaghan 3-2 (one free), Sean Duggan 0-3 (one free), Ronan Flaherty 0-1 

Scorers – Clarinbridge: Shane Kennedy 1-0, Darragh Counihan 1-0, Aaron Niland 0-1 (free) 

Turloughmore: Ciaran Wilde; Matthew Collins, Evan Gill, Daniel Fitzmaurice; Jamie Burke, Jack Lonergan, Luke Williams; Owen Morgan, Cillian Trayers; Ryan Rabbitte, Rory Casserly, Sean Duggan; Cian O’Callaghan, Eanna Monaghan, Ronan Flaherty.

Subs: Cillian Walsh for Casserly (40 mins), Marc Cummins for Flaherty (40 mins), Oisin Fahy for Collins (40 mins), Evan Forde for O’Callaghan (40 mins).

Clarinbridge: Evan Spelman; Cillian Horan, Mark Kilgannon, Darragh Kearney; Donnacha Salmon, Sean Murphy, Ryan McPhillips; Colin Counihan, Darragh Counihan; Jack Deely, Ben O’Dwyer, Mikey Fallon; Aaron Niland, Caleb Fleetwood, Shane Kennedy.

Subs: Sean Carolan for Sammon (35 mins), Christopher Callanan for Horan (40 mins), Niall Donoghue for Niland (40 mins), Eoghan O’Boyle for Fleetwood (40 mins).

Referee: Shane Curley