Last Sunday saw Cashel’s Senior Hurlers contest a key game in the West Championship against Cappawhite. With a place in the West semi final up for grabs this was a huge game with the losers sliding into an open County Championship draw. Cashel had the best possible start Dylan Fitzell predatory instincts saw him follow a lost cause and batting the ball to the Cappa net. Cappawhite then hit a period of dominance but their failure to convert scores meant Cashel remained on the front foot. A Cappawhite goal in the 16th minute brought the game to life as both teams displayed signs of tension and nerves. Carrying a one-point lead into halftime, Cashel were in a good position. An early Cashel point was soon cancelled out as our opponents hit five unanswered points to take a three-point lead and it looked like the balance has firmly swung in Cappa’s favour. But Cashel dug in and substitute James Cummins started the rally with an excellent individual effort. Further points from Michael Coleman and two Jonathan Grogan frees saw Cashel edge back in front by just a point with ten minutes to play.
A sixty-five converted again by Grogan in the 20th minute pushed us into a two point lead but Cappa closed the gap with a free in a pulsating climax. The twenty-minute saw the turning point in the game. Impressive wingback Ross Doyle gather possession on the left wing and was scythed down but no free was awarded, a ruck formed with a throw in the result. From that, the ball broke Cappas way and a point was scored much the annoyance of the Cashel players and support. Deep into injury time victory was secured with another point. This defeat left everyone deflated none more so than the players who put in a massive effort during the sixty odd minutes. But the squad must move on now, dust themselves down and prepare as hard as ever for the road ahead, which as we all know could have relegation consequences. But though this game ended in defeat there is plenty of positives to take from it, a young team with huge potential, it’s all about grinding every ounce of that potential out of each players for the games ahead. Best for Cashel, Brian Minogue, Ross Doyle and John Darmody who excelled at centre back in the second half, while Robert Anglim was industrious throughout.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star.