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Dynamic Duo Problematic for Drumree

HurlingCompetition: ALHD1
Date: 02/04/17
Venue: Drumree
Score: BHG 4-17 Drumree 2-13
Ref: Paddy Melia
Blackhall Gaels: John O’Malley, Niall Kelly, Tomas Delaney, David McGowan, Patrick Smith, Peter Coyne, Conor Delaney (0-1), Hugh Smith (Y), Tom Murphy (0-1), Niall Mangan, Shane Whitty (2-10 (7F, 1P)), Tomas Coyle (1-0), Colm Whitty (1-3), Paul Kelly (0-1), Alan Nestor
Subs: Robert McGuinness (1-0) for NM, John Morris for TC, Kevin Coyle for PS, Philip Carey for TM
Blackhall travelled to closest rivals Drumree last Sunday to play in glorious sunshine. The game was physical, action packed and produced some incredible scores from both sides. Blackhall, however, came away with the spoils after scoring a massive 4-17, most of which came from the fantastic Shane Whitty. Whitty, along with his brother Colm were the driving force for Blackhall throughout the game, both putting in impressive performances. The younger Whitty was busy early on, slotting over three frees before the elder popped two over from play. Drumree came into their own, battling the wind as well as a formidable Blackhall defence to narrow the gap to two points. Tomas Coyle produced a bit of magic to get a goal, putting the visitors in firmly in the driving seat. Six more Whitty scores, as well as a point apiece for Tom Murphy and Paul Kelly saw Blackhall comfortably ahead at half time, 1-13 to 5 points, but the second half was still to come.
With the introduction of Robert McGuinness at half time Blackhall looked to push on at the start of the second half. McGuinness had clear goal chance that had the spectators gasping when it looked to go wide. Referee, Paddy Melia, blew for a penalty, which Shane Whitty fireballed into the back of the net. Blackhall seemed to drop their tempo then and Drumree began their purple patch. After 1-4 was scored without reply, Conor Delaney managed to slot over a much needed point to get Blackhall back awake. A goal from Colm Whitty had the sideline breathing sighs of relief, however, Drumree did not lie down and managed another goal, one which would have been difficult for many inter-country goalies to deal with. Final score in Drumree was BHG 4-17 to 2-13, a massive 3-13 coming from the dynamic duo of the Whitty brothers.
Aside from the Whittys, Blackhall had a good day around the field, John O’Malley’s pin point perfect puck outs creating many scoring opportunities. The midfield combination of Tom Murphy and Hugh Smith was shakey at times, but with a bit of practice will become a very tough side to beat. The six backs did their jobs and kept Drumree’s scoring chances few and far between, most from long range. The forwards were courageous and fearless in their attacks, taking chances whenever they got them. This performance was light-years ahead of the Dunboyne one, and far more reassuring for later in the year.

Posted by Emer Keane on April 03 2017 11:54:26 - 652 Reads - Print