Everyone involved with Kevin Lynchs Hurling Club would like to congratulate our U-14 hurlers and management on winning the All Ireland Division 3 feile naGael title in Croke Park on Saturday. Throughout the competition the boys were superb; the standard of hurling was exceptional especially on Friday in horrible weather conditions.
On Thursday the team left for Dublin and stepped off the bus to play St Oliver Plunketts, the host club. This game was extremely tight and the score board flattered the KLHC Team as they ran out winners by 2-11 to 0-5.
After this the boys met their host families who looked after our players and managers superbly all weekend, in fact the host club in general were wonderful with their time and hospitality, making the players and supporters endless food throughout the days and running excellent events in the clubhouse for parents and players at night. On Thursday morning St Jude’s of Dublin were the opposition in the pouring rain and once again the boys showed their class by dismissing their opponents mercilessly with Eamon McLaughlin Seamus and Fearghal Higgins Niall Smyth Ronan and John Mullan and Pauric McNicholl all outstanding although they were assisted superbly with a brilliant performance from 1 to 15. Thursday morning marked the start of what was to be the Cormac McCartney show for the rest of the day. In Thursdays 4 games cormac was ruthless from corner forward scoring 8-5 all day. The Jude’s match also marked the end of Conan 'Skinny' Feenys involvement in feile 2012. After being taken to hospital at the football weeks ago he suffered a broken collarbone against Jude’s. After being the team’s best player on Thursday and up until his injury on Friday, we all wish Conan a speedy recovery and we know that he will be back playing before long. Final score KLHC 3-08 St Jude’s Dublin 0-01
St Brendan’s Kerry were the opposition in the final group game and as they were also unbeaten it was essential that the boys won. Again a magnificent performance ensued and Skinny was seamlessly replaced by Tiarnan McHugh who worked endlessly. Shane mc Nicholl and Fearghal Higgins stood out but again McCartney led the charge in the full forward line with Odhran McKeever winning countless balls too. Pauric mc Nicholl worked endlessly and tackled anything that moved, no surprise really considering how he has played since the start of the year. John Mullan and Conor Kelly were on target from frees with John sending a 21 yard free into the roof of the net in the closing minutes, 5-5 to 1-1 the final score
The semi final against Trim of Meath was played in a monsoon with club members working hard to remove large amounts of surface water from the pitch. The boys however did not let this stop them and with Richie Mullan making some great saves and Pearse Brolly assisting in corner back it was always going to end well. Steven Tracey won everything in wing half forward and the Lynchs finally won by 3-11 to 1-4
The boys were itching to get to Croker after that and once they got there they made sure it was going to be memorable for them. Odhran Mc Keveer opened the scoring with a goal almost 30 years since his dad Kieran climbed the steps of the Hogan to lift the feile naGael. Fearghal Higgins and McKeever were superb in full forward with Seamus Higgins impassable in fullback. However Conor Kelly was undoubtedly man of the match with an outstanding display from centre back. Shane mc Nicholl netted superbly from 45 yards and despite a brief celbridge reply a john Mullan free with the last puck of the game ensured that he would follow the footsteps of Kieran mc Keveer and club patron Kevin lynch in lifting an all Ireland title for a Derry team in the Hogan stand. Final score Kevin Lynchs 2-15 to 1-4
We would also like to thank all who went to Dublin to support the lads and also those who came to the homecoming on Saturday night as you helped make this memorable occasion even more memorable for the boys UTL
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