GO AHEAD ADULT HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: MAY 14th-15th
By Daire Walsh
Following their impressive 2-24 to 1-15 victory against Ballinteer St John’s at Pairc Naomh Uinsionn last Saturday, St Vincent’s maintained their unbeaten start in Division One of the Go Ahead Adult Hurling League.
In addition to goals from James Mulcahy and Stephen McCarry, Alan Moore, Tom Connolly and John Hetherton registered a combined haul of 0-19 for the Marino men. Eoghan O’Neill, Oisín Lanigan and Dara de Poire also stood out as Vins made it four wins from five in this year’s AHL1.
The odd one out in this sequence of results was a draw with Craobh Chiarain (0-15 apiece) on February 27. As it stands, Vincent’s are three points adrift of pace-setters Ballyboden St Enda’s - albeit with a game in hand.
‘Boden are the only other side in the division who are yet to taste defeat and their 2-18 to 1-19 success over Na Fianna at St Mobhi Road on Sunday means they have secured maximum points from their six games to date.
Despite losing out by three points (2-24 to 2-21) against Cuala at Shanganagh Park on the same day, Lucan Sarsfields hold onto third spot in the table thanks to the four wins they have garnered thus far in the campaign. Along with St Brigid’s and Faughs, Cuala are one of three teams in AHL1 who are currently on six points.
At Russell Park, Brigid’s recorded a 1-21 to 0-22 triumph over county champions Kilmacud Crokes. Meanwhile, Faughs made the journey across the Liffey to face Whitehall Colmcille at Collins Avenue on Sunday morning and delivered their best performance of the year to date.
The ever-dependable Carl O’Mahony helped himself to 11 points in this contest - eight from frees and three from play. James O’Brien (0-3), Conor O’Shea, Sean O’Brien and Eamon Hennessy (0-2 apiece) also kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Templeogue-based outfit, while Ciaran Brennan also rattled the net for Johnny Greville’s charges.
Whitehall are still searching for their first win of this season’s league, but there were some green shoots to be found for the northsiders on the day. Paddy Spellacy contributed an impressive tally of seven points and with Mikey Noonan, Dillon Constantine and Niall O’Connor registering the same total between them, they did their best to stem the Faughs tide.
Rounding off the weekend’s action was the clash of Naomh Barrog and Craobh Chiarain at Clonshaugh. In their previous game, Barrog had picked up their first win of the 2022 league against Brigid’s on their home patch in Kilbarrack.
They were placed under intense pressure by Craobh for the vast majority of this showdown, but the visitors ultimately prevailed with two points to spare (2-18 to 1-19).